Global Studies In Global Studies we investigate a broad range of cultural, political, religious, economic, and environmental questions that arise when we think of the world as an interconnected whole. This interdisciplinary major will allow you to treat questions that are not limited to one country or region, but to think about your questions from a global perspective in one of four tracks: National and Identities, Global Cities, Human Security, and Arts and Exchange.
The Global Studies major has four tracks, for more information about each track click on the box below:
Nations and Identities track
Study the construction and function of nations, as well as newer, transnational forms of identity. Emphasis on history and government, with courses in literature, culture, and the arts.
Global Cities track
Study the history of urbanization and the global interconnection by understanding socio-cultural, economic, and political complexities of the nature and evolution of major cities.
Human Security track
Study global violence (e.g., discrimination, war, displacement, genocide, disease, poverty, environmental stress) through the lens of the individual with particular emphasis on vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Arts and Exchange track
Understand how economic systems, international organizations, the movement of people, and the commodification and commercialization of cultural practices affect artistic production, notions of ownership, and meaning across borders.
You might enjoy global studies if you're interested in
Combining language, culture, history, government, and economics in a powerful way.
Understanding the history of global trade and cross-cultural exchange.
Investigating the roles of major world cities from Dakar to Beijing in global development.
Seeing how global can also be local (and vice-versa) through working with local populations and organizations.
Studying and engaging the world around you, and your place and impact on the wider global community.
Lawrentians sometimes pair global studies with
Languages: Chinese and Japanese; French & Francophone Studies; German, Russian, Spanish
Life After Lawrence
Lawrentians can enjoy careers in
Foreign service, global affairs, communications, diplomacy, non-profit world services organizations, education, law, government
Recent employers* include
FBI, Thomson Reuters, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Navy, Peace Corps., U.S. government
*As this is a new major, this list includes employers of internationally-focused government majors. The list will grow with graduates.
Lawrentians can go on for advanced degrees in
Political science, urban planning, law, MBA, environmental science, journalism, social science, medicine
At places* like
Boston University, Cambridge, Duke, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins, Marquette, Ohio State, Princeton, Tulane
*As this is a new major, this list includes graduate schools of internationally-focused government majors. The list will grow with graduates.
Get to know current Lawrence students
If you would like to talk directly to a current student about their experiences, we have international student interns available to talk or keep in touch over social media. Read about our students below and contact us with your questions or to find a time to talk with them.
Studying Government, East Asian Studies, History
Involved in: President of Chinese Students Association (CSA); Mentor of International Student Services (ISS); Assistant in LU Government (GOVT) Department; Assistant in Innovation-Entrepreneurship (I-E) Department; Secretary of Food Recovery Network (FRN); Involved in Build Inter-generation Relations (BIR) volunteering activities
Ask me about: Social sciences or humanities, or study abroad in London!
College search advice: Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) or LU YouTube Channel would be your good friend! Also, please talk to us, the enthusiastic and friendly group of current students in the International Admission who will love to share Lawrence stories with you!
Involved in: Community Advisor
Favorite spot to study: My signature spot in the library! It is a single desk on the second floor, by the window, and behind all bookshelves. I love this spot since it is perfect for me: quiet, peaceful, light, and it has a stunning view to the main grass-land during the fall!
College search advice: I highly recommend following Lawrence on Instagram (@lawrenceuni) since it is usually updated about life and events on campus and has interactive Q&A sessions for prospective students.
Studying Economics, Psychology
Involved in: Lawrence International, JCEC - Japanese Culture Exchange Club.
Favorite Spot on Campus: The green in front of Main Hall is absolutely the best place to wind down and relax. You can set up a hammock and read a book under the shade or take a nap. I personally prefer the latter.
Ask me about: The best routes for running or anything about snowboarding.
College search advice: LU instagram page (@lawrenceuni) has "Student Take over" stories that would definitely help you get to know the college better from a student's viewpoint.
Studying Psychology, English and Educational Studies
Involved in: News writer in The Lawrentians Student Newspaper, VITAL Tutoring program, Lawrence International, and the Chinese Student Association (CSA). I'm also interested in Psychology, lifting, badminton, and deep thoughts!
Ask me about: I always enjoy playing basketball in the morning and start off my morning with a tasty sausage-egg-and-cheese sandwich and a cup of raspberry ice tea (at the Cafe)!
College search advice: Start the application early so you will have enough time to struggle through things such as Recommendation Letters and Essays. Remember to consider your choice in terms of financial aid, school size, surrounding area, school culture, specific programs, etc.