The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at St. Edward’s University prepares you to pursue careers in the field of international affairs
Global Studies at St. Edward’s is taught as an interdisciplinary major based in the social sciences and it introduces multiple subjects studied through the international perspective, such as geography, world history, and international politics. Students will also debate key issues facing the global community today. Over the course of your studies, you will examine…
As a Global Studies major, you’ll develop an expertise in the politics, geography and history of a specific region, choosing from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East. You’ll also develop proficiency in a foreign language related to your area of interest.
Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies requires 43-57 hours of major courses, which include a combination of geography, global studies, history, and political studies. In addition, students choose both a regional and a thematic concentration. Students choose both a regional concentration and a thematic concentration to specialize their studies.
Electives: Students complete 18 hours of elective courses in any area of study they choose. These courses do not have to relate to the major.
General Education Requirements: The degree requires 45 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
View and download the full degree plan for our Global Studies major (PDF).
A few examples of courses students in this major take:
“Teaching global and international affairs is endlessly fascinating for me because the world is always in a constant state of change. I try to create a classroom environment where discussions of global issues and events are lively and, while we may not be able to come up with the right answers, we can, at least try to agree upon what questions we should be asking."
– Dr. William Nichols, Professor of Political Science and Global Studies
“The things I enjoy most about teaching Global Studies and Political Science are the interactions I have with students. My classes are places which welcome lively discussions of current events and the underlying causes of those events."
– Jooyoun Lee, Associate Professor of Global Studies and Political Science
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:
Students 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 or Model United Nations competition.
Global Studies majors are required to participate in either a summer- or semester-long study abroad program or internship. Choose from study abroad programs in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Recent examples of study abroad programs led by Global Studies faculty have included such locations as...
Global Studies majors have gained valuable on-the-job training through internationally-focused internships with organizations such as...
A BA degree in Global Studies opens the future to many international career paths such as...
Our graduates have also received prestigious Fulbright Fellowships and U.S. State Department internships 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 law school.
Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.
Students 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.
Interested? Contact Dr. WIlliam Nichols williamn [at] stedwards.edu
The minor in Global Studies is an asset for any student who wishes to add an international perspective to their education. Students are required to take 18 hours to complete the minor.
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.