What is the Global Studies major?

Lehigh University Global Studies

Even before you begin your job search, you will be asked by family and friends: What exactly is the Global Studies major? Here is a good answer:

It’s a relatively new major, only available at schools with a lot of strong departments. The idea is that globalization is changing the world and that many important issues now facing the world can’t be addressed by just one department or discipline. The Global Studies major is different from traditional majors. It is an interdisciplinary program. That means, students take global classes from professors in almost a dozen departments so they can better understand and manage the impact of globalization. A Global Studies major can contribute to almost any organization or business.

If you need a really fast answer for an elevator conversation:

Global Studies majors take classes on the impact of globalization from almost a dozen different departments so they can understand and manage global changes.

What do you do with the Global Studies major?

You will be asked: What do you do with the Global Studies major? Some college majors seem to define their career paths. Accounting majors become accountants. Architecture majors become architects. But do all those Psychology majors become psychologists? Political Science majors become political scientists? Do International Relations students become international relationists? Do Global Studies students become global studiers? How do you answer the question: What do you do with a Global Studies major?

The Answer: You may want to memorize this quick answer so you can repeat it to parents, aunts, uncles and all the people who went to college before Global Studies evolved! But here is your quick answer: "Because globalization has changed every field, every field needs graduates who understand globalization. I am interested in ____________ so I will be applying for global positions at places like _______________ and ___________. I won’t necessarily have to work abroad, though I might want to, but I will be dealing with global and international issues."

Then, Fill in the Blanks

If you have passions, here’s how easy the blanks become:

- I am interested in sports so I will be applying for global positions at places like the NBA, the MLB, and FIFA.

- I am interested in international travel so I will be applying for global positions at places like travel agencies, hotels and English-language teaching schools.

- I am interested in economic and social development so I will be applying for global positions at places like the State Department, the Gates Foundation, the International Rescue Committee, and the Peace Corps.

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