Global Studies - Carnegie Mellon University

The Major in Global Studies

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.

Upcoming Events & Lectures

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Get The Scoop on History's Fall 2015 Courses

and enjoy some Dave & Andy's ice cream too!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015. 3:00-5:00PM. Baker Hall 246A.

Talk informally with faculty and advisors about the wide variety of fall 2015 History Department courses.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sample the 46 Flavors of History

Sample the 46 Flavors of History (and enjoy some Dave & Andy's ice cream too!)

Monday, November 10, 2014
3-5:30PM (Stop by at any point!)- Baker Hall 246A

Talk informally with department advisors and faculty about the wide variety of spring 2015 History Department courses.

Explore whether a major or minor in History, Global Studies, or Ethics, History, & Public Policy is right for you!


Fall 2015 Semester Begins- August 31, 2015

important dates

Dietrich undergraduates are actively engaged in groundbreaking research  beginning as early as the first-year. Faculty are eager to work with stuents to develop and pursue their research goals. Learn more about the meaningful ways to get involved with research through the Research Profiler (.pdf).

undergraduate research

Three Global Studies majors are selected as Dietrich College Honors Fellows.  Read about the research that Geneva Jackson, Lucy Pei, and Chloe Thompson will conduct.

Emma Livne, Global Studies '15, spent the fall 2014 semester in India.

Diana Pacilio, Global Studies '16, spent the fall 2014 semester in Chile.

student spotlight

Alexandria Hernandez and Erin Kiekhaefer, 2015 Global Studies graduates, have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Grants (Alexandria- India, Erin- Mexico).

alumni spotlight