Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
Wayne State's bachelor's in global studies is tailored for those passionate about understanding and participating in our diverse world.
Blending captivating subjects in history, the humanities, social sciences and languages, this interdisciplinary degree resonates with the adventurous at heart. With a global experience requirement, elective classes in three distinct focus areas and a wide range of language courses, you embark on a transformative journey of cultural exploration.
Why Wayne State’s global studies major?
- Learn a foreign language
- Affordable opportunities to study abroad in China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland or Russia
- Actively engage with multicultural, multilingual communities in the urban center of Detroit, MI
- Gain versatile skills such as communication and collaboration that easily transfer across a broad spectrum of professions
What is global studies?
Global studies is the interdisciplinary study of how contemporary issues affect people across the globe. Those involved in the field of global studies analyze the interconnectedness of anthropology, culture, economics, ethnography, law, politics and more to determine how and why major problems arise.
These professionals utilize many forms of available media to raise awareness about global challenges. Working to facilitate cross-cultural understanding, informed decision-making and policy development, global studies experts often operate in travel-oriented or related diverse positions.
- Communicate in at least one foreign language at an intermediate level.
- Become an engaged global citizen through the development of intercultural competencies.
- Lead thoughtful, respectful discussions regarding the effects of globalization on individuals and societies across a variety of perspectives.
- Prepare for careers in business, diplomacy, government, healthcare, journalism, law, nonprofit organizations, politics, research or teaching.
Global studies program requirements and curriculum
The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies program requires a minimum of 120 credits. The curriculum includes department program requirements along with your global studies major requirements:
- Core courses
- Language courses
- Global experience
- Focus area courses (choose one):
- Global politics and economics
- Global health and environment
- Global culture and identities
Your course schedule differs depending on which focus area you choose. However, all global studies majors engage in the following exciting topics:
- Intercultural competence
- World languages
- Globalization across literature, film, media and the visual arts
- Worldwide environmental issues
Global experience: intern or study abroad
Enrolling in the global studies degree program means you have the unique opportunity to study or intern abroad as part of your global experience requirement. This requirement—which can be funded through the Office of International Programs—is met through your choice of the following:
- An internship at a local agency dealing with global issues
- Study or intern abroad
- Engage in fieldwork or study abroad that is part of a specific global studies course
If you choose to study or intern abroad, take a look at the many locations you can explore:
Start mapping out your study abroad experience.
Minor in language
Looking to enhance your global studies major? A minor in a language not only allows your résumé to stand out but also provides opportunities for you to explore your interests. Review a few of our available language minors:
- Asian Studies
- Fairy-Tale and Folklore Studies
The global studies honors program offers capable students the opportunity to pursue independent study and to work closely with department faculty members. Completion of the honors major results in an honors degree designation on the diploma.
Total number of Honors credits required (including Honors seminar and thesis): 15 credits
Minimum GPA required: 3.30 cumulative and in the major
In order to enter the global studies honors program, students must have achieved academic excellence in previous work, such as a college or university GPA of 3.3.
For honors in the major, students must meet all regular major requirements including the following:
- Three honors-option courses within their major (internships cannot satisfy this requirement)
- At least one HON 42XX seminar offered through the Liberal Arts Honors Program (see: honors program in the Undergraduate Bulletin). For further information about seminar topics, consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the Schedule of Classes, under 'Honors Program'
- A senior honors thesis under the direction of a full-time faculty adviser in their major area (GLS 4996)
- A GPA of 3.3 within the major
GS 4996 Senior Honors Thesis three credits
Prerequisite: Admission to the global studies honors program; a proposal accepted and given written consent by the thesis adviser and program director. The honors thesis involves a closely supervised research project that results in a paper of approximately 20 to 25 pages.
If you would like to be considered for the global studies honors program, contact Dr. Patricia McCormick.
Global studies bachelor’s career outlook
Whether working in your home country or traveling abroad to improve international relations, the cross-cultural lenses you develop as a global studies major are valuable across all industries. For-profit businesses, nonprofits and government agencies constantly seek talented communicators, meaning you have ample opportunities to find your niche.
The global studies major prepares you for graduate study or employment in the following settings:
- Marketing agencies
Scholarships and tuition
Wayne State University has several scholarships available to part- or full-time students that can be applied to their overall education or study abroad programs.
Learn more about Wayne State University’s B.A. in Global Studies
Begin your journey of intellectual exploration and cross-cultural insight by enrolling as a global studies major at Wayne State University! With a rich tapestry of immersive language courses, exhilarating study abroad experiences and specialized focus areas, become a trailblazer that unravels and solves complex global challenges across our planet.
This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.