International Development Concentration - Global Studies Major

A global studies major enables you to fully participate in the emerging global community. Prepare yourself to collaborate, and compete, with colleagues from around the globe, or work toward social responsibility on a global scale.

Our international development concentration enables you to tailor your studies to your area of interest and future professional goals. 

The Experience
The global studies program blends valuable classroom instruction from faculty who bring extensive real-world experience with an abundance of opportunities to apply what you learn in real, meaningful ways. They share a commitment to helping you develop the skills to interpret and analyze systems of oppression and ultimately, to work toward a more just society.

The Requirements
The program curriculum covers the basics of global studies, plus aspects of international development, including economics, business law, trade and finance with an internatinal focus, and politics and cultures. The senior comprehensive is a research project grounded in a topic related to your area of concentration. You'll get graduate level experience as you develop and present your proposal, including hypothesis, design, and proposed methodologies. 

You'll demonstrate competence in at least one world language and spend at least five weeks in a college-sponsored study abroad program. All students in the global studies major will submit an e-portfolio at the end of the senior seminar. Some of the items in the portfolio include: language proficiency score, reflection paper regarding study abroad experience, resume, and research proposal.

The Writing
Each student who completes the advanced writing proficiency requirement in Global Studies will submit her written senior comprehensive project for evaluation. 

The Results
You will lay the foundation for careers in a wide range of globally oriented fields. These include opportunities with both public and private sector organizations as well as the vast and growing world of non-profit agencies, institutions and foundations, research centers, public interest groups, and non-governmental development agencies.