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, 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 to Global Studies senior, Robert Stephens, for his selection as a 2016-2017 Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar.

ACS Scholars


student spotlight

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.

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study abroad

Three Global Studies students have been selected as Dietrich College Honors Fellows.  They will begin research on their Senior Honors Thesis through a fully funded summer of research.  Congratulations Casey Devine, Kayla Lee, and Diana Yuh!



student 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