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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Warm Up From The Cold

Meet your fellow Global Studies majors over a discussion about summer options including study abroad, internships, and research!  Make the most of your summer by planning early and learning about financial support to assist you!  Plus enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows! MORE
Monday, October 12, 2015

Combatants for Peace

Combatants for Peace (CfP) is a group of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters who now embrace nonviolent struggle. They believe that joint action is necessary to break cycles of violence and achieve peace and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis. The presentation includes both Israeli and Palestinian men and women who will share their individual experiences as fighters and explain why they see joint non-violent advocacy for a two-state solution as the best means of ensuring peace and justice in the region.

Monday, October 12, 2015
4:30 - 6:00pm
Porter Hall 100


January 11, 2016: 1st Day of Classes, Spring 2016 Semester

January 25, 2016: Semester Course Add/Audit Deadline

important dates

Lucy Pei and Ashley Sobhani, Global Studies seniors, were selected to represent Dietrich College as Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars.

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student spotlight

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

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

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alumni spotlight