Global Studies (B.S.)

The global studies program examines the way that politics, economics, culture, and social forces have come to transect, and sometimes blur, borders among nations and communities.

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In our increasingly interconnected, global society, companies across all industries are looking for employees who have the critical and analytical problem-solving skills to address issues with a global perspective, a cross-cultural understanding, and an appreciation for diverse viewpoints. As a global studies major, you will critically evaluate the broad historical trends that have shaped our increasingly globalized social, economic, and political systems.

Whether you are interested in global governance, environmental sustainability, public health, or the study of particular world regions, this major will provide you with the flexibility to explore the issues that interest and motivate you the most as you prepare to make a difference in this world.

Program Overview

Globalization is increasingly impacting the politics, economics, and culture of nations worldwide. As a global studies major, you'll learn the history and the problem-solving skills needed to address issues with a global perspective, cross-cultural understanding, and an appreciation for diversity.

Career Opportunities

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Global Studies will provide you with a broad and rigorous liberal arts education coupled with the technological skills for you to make an impact in any path you choose. If you decide to enter the workforce after graduation, you will be ready for an entry-level position in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in many areas, including (but not limited to):

  • Consulting
  • International aid and development
  • Human rights and social services
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • International education
  • Research

Students who want to pursue graduate studies will be ready for programs in a variety of academic and professional fields:

  • Global health
  • Business administration
  • International business
  • International law
  • Public administration

The Bachelor of Science in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that draws from coursework in the social sciences, humanities, and related fields. You will receive methodological training utilized in a variety of international-focused careers, such as qualitative and quantitative research methods, geographic information systems, program evaluation and policy analysis, and intercultural communications.

In addition, global studies majors are required to have an international experience that can be achieved by studying abroad or demonstrating proficiency in a second language. Students must also complete a 120-hour internationally focused internship.

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Students in this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech. Students who are interested in transferring to this program should consult their academic adviser.

Featured Faculty

Yuri Mansury
Associate Professor of Social Science Undergraduate Program Director
Hao Huang
Assistant Professor of Social Sciences
Lindsay Sheehan
Associate Chair, Department of Social Sciences Industry Associate Professor of Political Science
Patrick Ireland
Professor of Political Science
Matthew Shapiro
Associate Professor of Political Science
Jonathan Rosenberg
Chair, Department of Social Sciences Professor of Political Science

"Global Studies is a very broad area of study that leaves lots of freedom for me to choose what particular area I’m interested in. I'm able to study politics, the economy, and cultural backgrounds around the world, while also sharpening my communication skills through writing and presentations. The class sizes are relatively small, and the professors are always able to help you out if you have questions."

Gerard Jumanan (Global Studies ’19)

Gerard Jumanan