Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies

  • Overview

    Employers are increasingly recognizing the advantages of hiring college graduates who, in addition to broad skill sets, also have a strong background in and knowledge of global issues.

    International relations have never been more important than they are today. Greater interaction among the world’s nations, people and economies calls for new connections and new ways of thinking across a whole range of industries, including economics, law, political science, international business, international education, public health, modern languages, technology, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), advocacy and philanthropy. Choosing the Global Studies program at William Peace University (WPU) will prepare you to be effective for today and the future. WPU’s interdisciplinary Global Studies major includes core courses in anthropology, business, literature, history, cultural studies and communication, plus a range of electives, so you can match the degree program to your interests and career goals. Academic aspects of the program are brought to life through internships and other hands-on experiences, preparing you for graduate school or entry level opportunities in a variety of fields.


    Explore Global Studies at WPU
    Global Studies students at WPU gain a worldly perspective by exploring different ideas & cultures
  • Courses

    The coursework listed below is for the Academic Catalog and is subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

    Liberal Arts Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Global Studies Core Courses27 credit hours
    Global Studies Elective Courses12 credit hours
    General Electives32 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Global Studies120 credit hours


    Global Studies Core Courses27 credit hours
    ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology3
    ANT 315: Globalization, People and Culture3
    BSA 160: Global Business Environment3
    COM 410: International Communication3
    ENG 221: World Literature After 17003
    ENV 300: Global Environmental Issues3
    HIS 104: World Civilizations II3
    GST 400: The Global Challenges Seminar
    *As the specific topic and content of the GST 400 courses will change, students will be able to count up to 3 GST 400 courses toward their major.
    PSC 360: Social Science Research Methods3
    WST 200: Introduction to Women’s Studies3
    ANT/DST 470: Anthropology and Global Studies Senior Seminar3


    Global Studies Elective Courses 12 credit hours
    Choose four (4) courses, two (2) of which must be at the 300 level.
    ANT 368: American Ethnic Relations
    ANT 380: India Past and Present
    BSA 212: Principles of Macroeconomics
    BSA 345: Global Business Opportunities and Challenges
    COM 410: International Communication
    ENG 219: Latin American Literature
    ENG 220: World Literature Before 1700
    ENG 221: World Literature After 1700
    GST 395: Special Topics: Study Tour/Abroad
    GST 295/395/495: Special Topics in Global Studies
    HIS 103: World Civilizations I
    PSC 260: Political Economy for Public Policy
    REL 111: World Religions
    SPA 205: Hispanic Voices in the US


    General Electives35 credit hours
    Must complete 35 elective credit hours35



    Global Studies Minor
    Select six (6) from the list below; three (3) must be at the 300- or 400-level
    ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology3
    ANT 315: Globalization, People and Culture3
    ANT 470: Anthropology and Global Studies Senior Seminar3
    BSA 160: Global Business Environment3
    COM 410: International Communication3
    ENG 221: World Literature after 17003
    ENV 300: Global Environmental Issues3
    HIS 104: World Civilization II3
    WST 200: Introduction to Women’s Studies3
  • Faculty
    Vinnie Melomo, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair of Culture, History, and Politics
  • Careers

    PayScale’s recent survey reported that the average salary for a college graduate with a Global Studies major was $56,201.

    “Pay exceeded median starting salaries of many other social science fields, [trailing only] econ majors.”

    As the 21st century unfolds and globalization becomes more and more relevant to employment, social movements, sustainability issues and economic development throughout the world, Global Studies majors are in demand. Global Studies students have a number of career paths to choose from and can work in various industries at various companies, institutions and organizations, including:

    • MTV
    • Disney
    • National Basketball Association
    • Human Rights Watch
    • Coca-Cola
    • World Wildlife Fund
    • United States Foreign Serice
    • Greenpeace
    • Sierra Club International
    • United Nations
    • World Bank
    • Red Cross
    • Microsoft
    • Apple
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