The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at St. Edward’s prepares students for a range of fascinating careers in international affairs. Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major that crosses the fields of geography, world history and international politics. You’ll debate key issues facing nations today, and examine how our globally interdependent world has developed, how different societies and political systems deal with domestic and world issues, and how countries interact in the global arena.
As a global studies major, you’ll acquire an expertise in the politics, geography and history of a specific region — from such areas as Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. You’ll develop proficiency in a foreign language related to your area of interest and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as study abroad, an internationally focused internship and an annual Model Organization of American States competition.
Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
As a BA in Global Studies major, you’ll compare political systems and cultures around the world and evaluate how people are influenced by their physical, cultural and political environments. You’ll analyze how major civilizations respond to the positive and negative effects of modernity and global engagement. And you’ll examine the role of diplomacy in international relations, the causes of war and the means to promote peace, and the intricacies of today’s international political economy.
A global studies degree opens the future to many international career paths. Our graduates have earned jobs as Foreign Service officers with the U.S. State Department, pursued advanced studies in international law, and worked for nonprofits that assist immigrant victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. With a BA in Global Studies, graduates can pursue careers with the U.S. government, work within intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations, and hold management and staff positions with multinational corporations. Our graduates have also received prestigious Fulbright Fellowships to further their international education.
Many graduates use a BA in Global Studies as a stepping stone to graduate programs in International Affairs, Public Policy, Area Studies or International Law. With an advanced degree, students may pursue a university teaching career. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, study abroad and/or an internship — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of doing graduate work.
EARN AN INTERNATIONAL DUAL DEGREE
You have the option to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies from our partner university, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan. Study in Austin your freshman and senior years, and Beppu your sophomore and junior years as you explore the social, political, cultural and economic changes shaping our world.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language
II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues
III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth
IV. MAJOR CORE COURSES (22-24 CREDIT HOURS):
• Global Issues
• World Geography
• The Modern World
• International Relations
• Comparative Politics
• International Political Economy
• Senior Seminar
• Study Abroad or Internship
Choose 18 hours minimum of electives
V. REGIONAL COURSES (12 CREDIT HOURS):
You will choose one geographical area and take the Survey course for that area, as well as three more courses (9 additional hours) in history, political science, economics or other courses related to that geographic area. (Some geographic area concentrations may require study abroad.)
VI. LANGUAGE COURSES (0–12 CREDIT HOURS):
You will demonstrate intermediate level of proficiency in a language related to your area of interest. This may be done by completing 12 credit hours of modern language or by demonstrated proficiency.
Your will choose 9 hours of courses from one of the following tracks, 6 of which must be from upper-division courses:
International Business and Economics
• Economics of Latin America
• International Management
• Special Topics in International Business
• Economics of Development
• International Business Administration
International Conflict, Cooperation and Security
• International Organizations
• American Foreign Relations
• International Security and Conflict Resolution
• Strategic Intelligence
VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)
VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.
* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.
In addition to the required internship/study abroad, global studies majors may choose to pursue opportunities in other regions or countries. These activities are outstanding additions to your international résumé and can give you a distinct advantage for graduate school or for your career.
Our students have gained on-the-job training through internationally focused internships with organizations such as these:
- Catholic Charities
- STRATFOR Global Intelligence
- Saheli Asian Women Services
At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Engaging in academic research will sharpen your international credentials, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies.
Global studies majors collaborate with faculty and present original research at the annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) at St. Edward’s.
Students in the Global Studies program also present their research at the annual World History Association of Texas Conference held on campus, as well as regional conferences. And they research and discuss international public policy initiatives in the Model Organization of America States Competition.