Bachelor in Global Studies
USD 36,400 / per year *
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* additional fees may apply
In the 21st century, every issue is global. Any decision, whether made by a government or a business, has potentially wide-ranging international impacts. We are interconnected, tangled, and interdependent. The economy in southeast Wisconsin can be affected by events in Asia; the air we breathe by Canadian environmental regulations, and even our health by the appearance of a strange new micro-organism in the Tropics. The challenges seem larger than ever and the world smaller. Our global studies program helps students understand the complex relationships at work and become adept at finding solutions to challenging issues.
Gain a Deeper Understanding of the World Beyond Our Borders
If subjects such as politics, international relations, policy-making, sustainability, or macroeconomics interest you, you’ll appreciate Carroll University’s interdisciplinary program. We combine courses in political science, economics, philosophy, history, religious studies, environmental science, and public health. And you’ll select an emphasis that adds focus in economics, geopolitical issues or world regions. In the economics track, you can study micro- and macroeconomics, trade theory, and international economics. In the issues track, you can narrow your focus to topics such as international conflict and security, sustainability, or global health. And in the regional track, you can focus on challenges critical to specific regions of the world, such as Africa and Asia, and learn about the tension between developed and developing nations.
A Classroom Without Boundaries
At Carroll, the world truly is your classroom: you’ll have significant opportunities to travel, with semester-, summer- and even year-long study abroad programs. You’ll complement your studies by gaining valuable insights from other cultures and viewpoints. Internship options abound, with opportunities in local government offices and agencies, as well as non-profit organizations.
Global studies majors have been successful going on to graduate school or professional schools or entering careers in a wide range of fields, including federal, state, or local government, development work, lobbying, non-profit organizations, business, journalism, and politics.
Global studies majors are required to choose one of the following emphases. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in global studies that complement many areas of study.
- Economics Emphasis
- Issues Emphasis
- Regional Emphasis
- Global Studies Minor
Upon completing the global studies major students should:
- View global challenges from a perspective that integrates political, historical, economic, cultural and normative perspectives.
- Be able to articulate the primary theoretical frameworks used to understand the global arena.
- Understand the role of important state and non-state actors (international and non-governmental groups and organizations) in the global arena.
- Demonstrate strong communications skills (reading, writing and listening) as well as analytical and critical skills that enable them to dissect and solve complex problems effectively.
- Demonstrate the capacity to conduct independent research (identify and develop a research question, design research strategies based on the application of quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, access and interpret information from print and electronic sources, write and present a critical and analytical argument).
Our majors pursue careers in:
- International business
- International relations
- Language services
Example job titles of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in global studies:
- Import/export coordinator
- International sales representative
- Associate country manager
- Regulatory affairs associate
- Field specialist
- Public relations assistant
Types of employers for global studies graduates:
- Domestic and foreign corporations
- International firms
- Transportation/travel/hospitality industry
- Government and international agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Humanitarian organizations
- Educational institutions
Carroll's global studies program graduates have gone into a variety of careers including positions at:
- City Year
- United Community Center
Carroll's global studies program graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at schools such as:
- Marquette University
- DePaul University
- American University
- POL 103 - Politics of the World’s Nations 4 Hour(s)
- POL 155 - Contemporary Global Politics 4 Hour(s)
- POL 266 - Methods of Social Science Research 4 Hour(s)
- POL 276 - Democracy, Globalization, and International Governance 4 Hour(s)
- POL 399 - Capstone in Political Science and Global Studies 4 Hour(s)
Elective Courses: (7 Courses or 28 Credits)
Students must complete at least one course from each track below. In addition, students select a track of concentration taking an additional four courses within that track. Of those four courses within that track, at least two courses must be at the 200 or 300 level and one course must be a 200 or 300 level course coming from History, Religious Studies, or Philosophy.
- Regional Track
- Issues Track
- Economics Track
Bachelor of Arts Requirements
The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts are:
- Students must take 8 credits in the same modern language (MLL) other than English, this does not include American Sign Language. Carroll University will accept a total of 8 transferred credits from another college/university as long as all 8 credits are completed in the same language.
**International students who have English as their second language should contact the Registrar concerning the Modern Language requirement.
- MAT 106 - Mathematics for the Liberal Arts 4 Hour(s) or higher
- ENG 170 - Writing Seminar 4 Hour(s)
- Degree requirements cannot be waived.
Note: Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major
We help you build real-world experience, explore careers, and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:
- Wisconsin World Trade Center
- Chicago World Affairs Council
- Washington Center, Washington D.C.
- Sierra Club of Wisconsin
- Schools of Hope Program through AmeriCorps
Program Tuition Fee
Scholarships and Funding
The University participates in three types of financial aid programs for its International students: scholarships, grants, and employment.
Carroll University offers completive scholarships for international undergraduate students. 100 percent of Carroll University students receive scholarship assistance, which helps them find a balance between studies, work, and extra-curricular activities. Scholarships play a key role in maintaining Carroll's accessibility for all students. On average our international scholarship covers 45-55% of the cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students.
Grants are awarded based upon a student’s demonstrated financial need in addition to the guaranteed International scholarship. Like scholarships, grants are considered gift aid that does not need to be repaid.
University employment opportunities allow students to work part-time on campus, earn an hourly wage and receive a monthly paycheck while attending Carroll. Students may work from approximately five to fourteen hours each week. The number of hours a student may work depends upon the student’s financial aid award. International students get awarded an average of $2,000-$2,500 in university employment grants every year.
English Language Requirements
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