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 a 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.