People must have an understanding of other countries, cultures, and global interactions to succeed in today’s complex world. Courses in the Global Studies program foster cross-disciplinary perspectives on global economies, political systems, social realms, and intellectual traditions. Students also develop valued skills in analytical thinking, decision making, and communication.
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Studies is a multidisciplinary program that allows you to choose one of three content tracks: global cultural interaction, global economics, or global politics. All Global Studies students must complete courses in global politics, history, and anthropology, as well as a senior seminar that explores a topic in depth. Students must demonstrate intermediate language proficiency. They also select from a list of liberal arts courses with a global focus.
The 18-credit Global Studies concentration complements courses of study in the College of Business and in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Future careers, post-grad opportunities
You will be equipped 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, 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 research. Their influence extends globally as they speak at international conferences and events, and publish research in leading journals in various countries and languages.
The Global Studies major offers three tracks:
THRIVING IN THE GLOBAL ARENA
Larry Paul Sloven ’71
Strategic Wellness Group
When Sloven entered Bryant, the school didn’t offer a degree in international business, or courses of study that required students to learn a foreign language, spend a semester abroad, or assist local companies planning to do business overseas.
Sloven, now a CEO, notes, “Bryant gave me the foundation of education in finance, economics, accounting, law, marketing, and management that enabled me to tackle any opportunity that came my way.” And that enabled Sloven, who lived in Hong Kong for 22 years, to spend 35 of the past 40 years successfully pursuing business opportunities in Asia and South America.
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.
Success on the world stage
Jason Fortin '12
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 Institute, 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 professionally."