Global Studies program

College of Liberal Arts
Global Studies

Embark on a Journey of Global Understanding

In a world increasingly interconnected, understanding the forces that shape our global landscape is more crucial than ever. Global Studies offers an immersive and interdisciplinary exploration of the world’s complex dynamics, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to navigate and contribute to this ever-evolving global stage.

Global Studies challenges you to think beyond simplistic narratives, recognizing the multifaceted nature of global issues. Explore the economic, legal, political, cultural, technological, and moral dimensions that shape our world, gaining a deeper appreciation for the complexities and interdependencies of global phenomena.

Embark on a transformative journey with Global Studies, equipping yourself with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to navigate and contribute to an increasingly interconnected world. Embrace the challenges and opportunities that globalization presents, and become a catalyst for positive change in a world that demands global citizens.

Take the first step towards a global future – explore Global Studies today

Prepare for a Career in a Globalized World

Benedictine University’s Global Studies program offers a comprehensive understanding of the forces that shape our interconnected world, with a focus on transnational flows, communication, and information literacy. Students gain proficiency in diverse methodological approaches and practical skills through internships, research projects, and study abroad experiences. The program prepares graduates for careers in international relations, diplomacy, business, education, and non-profit organizations, while also promoting global citizenship and empowering change.

At Benedictine University, we believe that Global Studies is not just a field of study; it’s a call to action. Join us as we prepare you to navigate the complexities of a globalized world, advocate for positive change, and make a lasting impact on our interconnected planet.

 A Foundational Approach to Global Studies

The Global Studies program at Benedictine University encompasses five Foundational Concept Areas (FCAs):

  • Social Structure & Politics
  • Meaning & Culture, Media
  • Trade & Exchange
  • Theory & Methodology.

These FCAs provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the field’s disciplinary and methodological approaches. By covering these five key areas, the program ensures that students gain a holistic understanding of the field’s diverse perspectives and approaches.
Students will encounter all five FCAs in their Global Studies core courses and must take at least one elective related to each FCA. This ensures a holistic understanding of the field’s diverse perspectives and approaches.

With their diverse skills and knowledge, Global Studies graduates are well-prepared for a successful career in today’s globalized world.

Global Studies graduates have a wide range of career opportunities available to them. They can work in a variety of fields, including international relations, business, education, nonprofit organizations, media and journalism, and government. Global Studies graduates also have a wide range of transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of jobs, including cross-cultural communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, research and writing, and project management.

In addition to the specific career paths listed above, Global Studies graduates can also work as translators and interpreters, in the travel and tourism industry, in museums and cultural institutions, in immigration and refugee services, and as environmental advocates.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the African American Studies minor program:

  • African-American History
  • The African Diaspora in Latin America, (1492-2000)
  • U. S. Multiethnic Literature
  • Belonging, Inclusion and Exclusion: Political Identities and the Politicization of Identity
  • Jazz Appreciation

African American Studies Minor Courses (AFAS)

Courses include: HIST, LITR, CRIM, PLSC, SOCL, MUSI

Lisle Undergraduate course descriptions

Mesa Undergraduate course descriptions

Global Studies, BA – Lisle
Global Studies, Minor – Lisle

Social structure & politics – Lisle
Meaning & culture – Lisle
Media – Lisle
Trade & exchange – Lisle
Theory & methodology – Lisle


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