Global Studies Program Description


 Most of the courses for the major are existing ones in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. The two required Global Studies courses are 100 and 360.

Global Studies 100
What’s different about the modern world system? How have modern institutions, cultures, and people changed since 1950? This course begins with a brief survey of the history of globalization and how the contemporary world is different from earlier times. The heart of the course is an examination of how the world has become inter-connected and an analysis of the agents involved in the process. This is the gateway course for the major.

Global Studies 360 (Capstone)
This course is taken in the senior year as the capstone of the major. Students may do a thesis or special project under the supervision of an advisor from the student’s concentration area.

College-wide requirement within the major.
Technology requirement CIS 101 or 107
Oral presentation CST 170, 270 or THS 105
Information literacy Global Studies 360 (capstone)

Living-Learning Communities

The new major ties in with the creation of Living/Learning Communities in the residence halls: one on the theme of Social Justice and another on Environmental Stewardship.

Post-Graduate Opportunities
Global Studies prepares studies for any number of graduate programs in the social sciences. Career options based on this major are broad and include employment in the for-profit and non-profit sectors in business, study abroad agencies, government, NGOs, health, environmental agencies, and tourism. The web sites below show some of the range of possibilities.

[Adapted with thanks from Lehigh University’s catalog description of Global Studies]:
Global Environment:
World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Sierra International
Global Health:
World Health Org (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Global Marketing Agencies:
BBDO, DDB, J. Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett
Human Justice Organizations:
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch
International Governing Agencies:
UN, World Bank, IMF
International Service Agencies:
Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, Peace Corps
International Development Agencies:
International Businesses:
Sony, Microsoft, Apple, medicine and pharmaceuticals
Mass Communication:
CNN, ESPN, Rodale Int., foreign correspondence
Travel & Tourism:
travel agencies, global tours, cruise lines, government tourism departments and ministries abroad or in the US
U.S. Government Offices & Agencies:
Foreign Service, State Department


Desired learning outcomes for the major:
In completing the Global Studies major, but depending on concentration, students can:
• Develop increased global awareness (geography, politics, economic systems)
• Gain knowledge of the implications of political and economic policies for social, environmental, and political issues and problems
• Gain knowledge of international agencies and their policies about human rights, the environment, currency, tariffs, exchange rates, loans for development, etc.
• Become aware of the continuing debates about globalization
• Understand of the relationship between anthropogenic causes, policies and agreements on major global environmental issues
• Gain increased awareness of cultural differences and the processes of migration, acculturation, assimilation in societies
• Learn about the development of transnational patterns of religion
• Understand of the complex patterns of immigration and transnationalism
• Acquire language proficiency and understanding of the role of language differences in a globalized environment


For more information about the major, contact:

Dr. Allen Richardson, Religious Studies, 610-606-4666 ext 3020

Mr. Chris Duelfer, Economics, 610606-4666 ext. 3410

Dr. Cate Cameron, Anthropology, 610-606-4666 ext 3503


Last Updated: 7/30/10