Global Studies - Carnegie Mellon University

The Major in Global Studies

The Global Studies 2017 graduating cohort will present their research through the Global Studies Capstone Seminar.  All presentations are open to the public.

Capstone Research

What is Global Studies?

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed for students interested in humanistic approaches to understanding past and present processes of globalization.  Core faculty include of members of the history department trained in anthropology and history in addition to faculty in the departments of English and modern languages. Faculty conduct research in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Pacific. The rigorous yet flexible Global Studies curriculum combines anthropology, history, literary and cultural studies, and advanced language training in order to help students make sense of complex interactions among global processes, regional and local cultures, and societal structures.  

What type of students major in Global Studies?

Global Studies students seek both curricular and metacurricular opportunities to develop a critical understanding of global issues in order to become engaged "citizens of the world." Our majors both excel in the classroom and are active outside the classroom, participating in events and lectures, joining and leading student organizations, studying abroad, interning, doing undergraduate research, and applying for prestigious and national scholarships.

What are post-graduation options for Global Studies students?

Global Studies is an attractive choice for students who wish to pursue graduate study or careers in law, teaching, government, business, and international development. Second language acquisition, which the Global Studies major requires, is a key value added skill that will assist graduates in finding interesting job opportunities.

Global Studies alumni are doing great work around the world!   The alumni profiles gathered here represent just a few of the many career pathways our students pursue post-graduation.  In all cases, our alumni tell us that they have benefited from a combination of critical reading, research, analytical writing, and foreign language skills acquired via Global Studies.  Our alumni are not only successful professionals, they are taking on global problems via creative engagement on local, national and international levels.


Upcoming Events & Lectures

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Local Lives, Global Currents: Conversations on Immigration, Identity, and the Transformation of Pittsburgh

4:30-6:00PM / Giant Eagle Auditorium, Baker Hall A51

In this year’s U.S. presidential campaign, immigrants and immigration policy loom large.  Republican candidate Donald Trump has called for building walls to keep out Mexicans and imposing bans on Muslims. Many people have condemned his ideas as “un-American” but at the same time, the United States government has deported record numbers of people over the past ten years and hate crimes against Muslims have increased.  How does Pittsburgh fit into these tense national contexts?

This panel features representatives from three Pittsburgh organizations that work closely with diverse groups of people — including U.S. citizens, undocumented immigrants and political refugees — who are helping to transform Pittsburgh.


Congratulations Global Studies graduating seniors Melanie Diaz and Kayla Lee on receiving a Fulbright Award!

student spotlight

From Washington, DC, congressional aide to candidate for City Council in El Paso, Texas, check out how alumna Diana Ramos DC '12 has used her Global Studies degree.



alumni spotlight

All Global Studies seniors complete a capstone paper through Global Studies Advanced Seminar.  At the conclusion of the semester, they present their papers to the community.  Their paper topics reflect the many interest areas of our students. 

undergraduate research

Read more about two Global Studies adventures abroad.

Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin spent spring 2016 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Lindsey Matesic spent spring 2016 in Florence, Italy.

study abroad


study abroad