Global Studies

What is Global Studies?

Global studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students with new analytical frameworks for understanding “globalization” and for evaluating it critically. In the five core courses, students encounter key concepts and debates over global processes, political economy and cultural studies. These teach new models of knowledge that focus on the rapid circulation and movements of capital, people, knowledge, cultural forms, commodities, environmental pollution, communications, finance and other aspects of 21st-century life. Global studies takes as a central premise the idea that global realities cannot be captured by one discipline or even one division of knowledge; rather, they require new approaches to knowledge that cut across fields like biology, economics, ethnic studies, literary theory and sociology. Students learn to view states, cultures, communities, economies and/or ecologies as embedded in larger global structural, cultural and natural contexts.

Working in Global Studies
Characteristics and Skills Necessary for Success

  • Interest in world history, relationships between countries, politics and economics
  • Able to understand and relate well to people of different cultures
  • Able to speak at least one foreign language
  • Patient
  • Curious
  • A good problem solver
  • Able to express yourself clearly in both written and oral communications

Click HERE for a table on Career Areas, Employers, and Strategies for Employment

Sample Job Titles

Foreign Service Officer
Legal Assistant
Market Research Analyst
Political Scientist
Public Relations Specialist
Sales Representative
Urban Planner


Learning More About Global Studies

  • Visit the Career Services office and check out our Career Resource Library
    • Careers in International Affairs
    • International Job Finder: Where the Jobs are Worldwide
    • Work Abroad
    • International Jobs
    • Directory of Websites for International Jobs
    • 100 Best Non-Profits to Work for
    • 100 Jobs in Social Change
    • Good Works: A Guide to Careers in Social Change
    • The Global Resume and CV Guide
    • Best Resumes and CVs for International Jobs: Your Passport to the Global Job Market
    • Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries
    • Culturegrams
  • Visit the SLU Global Studies Department website
  • Check out Global Studies course descriptions in the Catalog
  • Talk with a professor in Global Studies about the major. Click here for a list of possible questions to ask.
  • Perform an informational interview with a professional in the field. Click here for information on how to find a professional, contacting them, and a list of possible questions.
  • Get connected with SLU alum in the field through SAINTSLink, participate in Shadow-a-Saint or complete an Internship.

Additional Resources

Related Majors and Minors at SLU
African Studies
African-American Studies
Asian Studies
Canadian Studies
Caribbean & Latin American Studies
Estudios Hispanicos (Spanish)
European Studies
Francophone Studies (French)
German Studies
Japanese Studies
Latin American Studies

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