Embark upon an adventure in global and international education

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies at St. Edward’s University prepares you to pursue careers in the field of international affairs by introducing multiple subjects studied through the international perspective. You will study a diverse and challenging array of subjects, including geography, world history and international politics. Students will also be expected to debate key issues facing the global community today.

You will examine:
  • How our globally interdependent world has developed
  • How different societies and political systems deal with domestic and world issues
  • How countries interact in the global arena
  • The comparison of political systems and cultures around the world
  • How people are influenced by their physical, cultural and political environments
  • How major civilizations respond to the positive and negative effects of modernity and global engagement
  • The role of diplomacy in international relations
  • The causes of war and the means to promote peace
  • The intricacies of today’s international political economy

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. 

Tracks

Regional Tracks

Students in the Global Studies program will choose from five regional tracks: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America or Middle East.

Thematic Tracks

Students in the Global Studies program will choose one from the following three thematic tracks.

International Business and Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Economics of Latin America  
  • International Management
  • Special Topics International Business 
  • Economics of Development
  • International Business Administration
  • Or an alternative as approved by GLST advisor
International Conflict, Cooperation and Security
  • International Organizations
  • American Foreign Relations
  • International Security/Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Intelligence/Covert Action
  • Or an alternative as approved by GLST advisor
Global Public Health
  • Issues in Global Public Health
  • Epidemiology 
  • Students will take one of the following courses:
  • International Organizations
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology of the Environment
  • Or an alternative as approved by GLST advisor

Learning Goals

Students will demonstrate:

  1. A broad, fundamental knowledge of global affairs drawn from a variety of disciplines including geography, history, international political economy and political science
  2. An understanding of the major theories and concepts of international relations and comparative politics and the ability to apply them to international politics
  3. How societal, cultural, political and/or economics factors have influenced the process of globalization and the historical development of the international system
  4. The ability to place their own cultural, societal, economic and political experiences in comparative perspective
  5. The ability to identify and examine critically a significant regional, international or global issue

Outcomes

A BA degree in Global Studies opens the future to many international career paths.

Graduates can pursue careers such as:
  • Work within intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations
  • Management and staff positions with multinational corporations
  • Positions within the U.S. government such as Foreign Service officers with the U.S. State Department
  • Nonprofit organizations that deal with such humanitarian issues as immigrant rights, economic development, human trafficking, and disaster relief
  • With additional graduate work, practicing international law or teaching at the college and university levels

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.

Dual Degree Option

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.

Outside the Classroom

You'll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as:
  • Study abroad
  • An internationally focused internship
  • An annual Model Organization of American States competition or Model United Nations competition

Required Internship or Study Abroad

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 Angers, France; Sevilla, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Beppu, Japan; Vina del Mar, Chile; and in Costa Rica.

Global Studies majors have gained valuable on-the-job training through internationally-focused internships with organizations such as: 
  • Catholic Charities 
  • STRATFOR Global Intelligence 
  • Saheli Asian Women Services 
  • American Gateways - nonprofit providers of immigration legal services 
  • Texas Global strategic planning and lobbying 
  • Austin U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce 
International internship placements for Global Studies majors have included:

Meet the Faculty

Dr. William Nichols, (chair); European Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, American Foreign Relations 

Dr. Selin Guner, Middle Eastern Politics, International Relations, International Political Economy 

Dr. Jooyoun Lee, East Asian Politics, International Relations, International Conflict and Cooperation 

Dr. Rodrigo Nunes, Latin American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Law 

Dr. Brenda Vallance, (Dean); East European Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations 

About the Minor

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.

Required Courses:
  • Global Issues 
  • One GLST area survey course and one advanced History, Political Science or Economics course in that region 
  • One course from each of the following Thematic Tracks:
    • International Business & Economics Track
    • International Conflict, Cooperation & Security
    • Global Public Health 
  • Senior Seminar in Global Studies