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

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…

  • How our globally interdependent world has developed
  • How different societies and political systems deal with domestic and world issues
  • How states conduct diplomacy in international relations and how countries interact in the global arena
  • The variation of political systems in different countries around the world
  • How people are influenced by their physical, cultural and political environments
  • How major civilizations respond to the changes associated with modernity and global engagement
  • The intricacies of today’s international political economy
  • International conflict and the promotion of peace

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.

Degree Requirements

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:

  • Global Public Health - examines how biological, historical, political and socio-economic factors influence the health of populations
  • International Security and Conflict Resolution - explores the causes of war and the nature of diplomacy
  • American Foreign Relations - delves into the interactions the United States has with other countries and the policymakers who craft those relations

Our Faculty and Student Support Services


“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

Student Support Services

Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that supports their success. We encourage students to take advantage of these resources that help them thrive and excel:

  • Academic counseling and advising
  • Supplemental instruction and tutoring
  • Career preparation and advising 
  • Writing Center consultation
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Student disability support

Learn more about these services.

Outside the Classroom

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.

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
  • 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
  • Texas Global strategic planning and lobbying Austin U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Saheli Asian Women Services cultural and political environments
  • American Gateways - nonprofit providers of immigration legal services​

Alumni Outcomes

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

  • Work within intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations
  • Positions within the U.S. government such as Foreign Service officers with the U.S. State Department
  • Management and staff positions with multinational corporations
  • 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.

Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.

Dual Degree Program (with APU in Japan)

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. 

The Life-Changing Adventure (and Rewards) of a 4-Year Dual Degree: Brian To ('18) spent two years in Beppu, Japan, as part of a dual-degree partnership between St. Edward’s and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.

Interested? Contact Dr. William Nichols williamn [at] stedwards.edu.

Learn more about the Dual Degree Program »

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 Global Studies area survey course and one advanced History, Political Science or Economics course in that region
  • Senior Seminar in Global Studies
  • One course from each thematic track (International Business & Economics, International Conflict, Cooperation & Security, and Global Public Health) 

Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.