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Global Studies: Global Politics

In the last century, many unprecedented issues have surfaced because of increased globalization. Changes in communications technology, the integration of economies, increased threats of nuclear attack and international terrorists, environmental challenges, and a focus on international humanitarian obligations are all part of the global equation.

Today, countries interact with each other daily through direct contact and through membership in international institutions such as the United Nations. They have the capability to cooperate as never before, but in many cases also possess military and economic weapons that can cause catastrophic damage to their enemies.

You may be fascinated by how countries’ interactions shape the world's politics, economics, culture, and environment, and effect  domestic politics and the daily lives of citizens. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Studies fosters cross-disciplinary perspectives on global economies, political systems, social realms, intellectual traditions, and interactions. In addition, the program requires intermediate language proficiency.

Bryant also offers a concentration in Global Studies.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Your Global Studies education will equip you to succeed throughout your professional life in fields such as government service, business, education, and journalism. You will also be well prepared to pursue advanced study in several fields including history, international relations, political science, anthropology, and development. The emphasis on strong writing and analytical and critical-thinking skills, combined with a required business minor, means that you will be poised to enter any number of fields with the knowledge and skills to succeed.

Global Studies faculty

Faculty come from a variety of academic disciplines, research interests, and backgrounds, and provide diverse insights into today's interconnected world.  Their research and consulting encompasses a wide range of international issues such as migration, urban planning, trade, human rights, legal issues, and development. Faculty conduct research in places such as China, Japan, Brazil, Central America, Africa and Europe, and bring international perspectives to the classroom and their work. Their influence extends globally as they speak at international conferences and events and publish research in leading journals in various countries and languages.


Jason Fortin

Jason Fortin ‘12
Management consultant,

During his internship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Beijing, China, Fortin wrote policy briefs and conducted research for the center’s director, tackling weighty topics from nuclear activity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the current think tank scene in Mongolia, Singapore, and South Korea.  “I place an extremely high value on my Bryant education,” says Fortin, who also interned at the Brookings Institution, a renowned think tank in Washington, D.C., and complemented his internship by taking classes at Georgetown University. “It has opened countless doors and provided unparalleled opportunities for me academically, personally, and career-wise.”

 At home in the world

Emmanuelle Calvet ’12 
Path: MS in Public Health

With a team of college students from around the world, Calvet helped market, plan, and execute an international conference. Midway through her internship at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, she was promoted to group marketing director because of an idea she proposed. “Bryant taught me well,” says Calvet. “I was able to think outside the box and develop a marketing strategy that reached a segment of the population the organization had never marketed to before.”

Fluent in French, Calvet completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State overseas before heading to graduate school. She is currently completing a Master of Science in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.