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 22, 2014

October History Breakfast

The History Department will be hosting one of our monthly breakfasts on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, between 8:30AM-10:30AM in the History Department Conference Room (Baker Hall 246A).   We'll have a sneak preview of spring course information and lots of good food and conversation. MORE
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Study Abroad Fair

Learn more about opportunities to study, work/intern, volunteer, or research abroad at CMU's annual Study Abroad Fair. MORE
October 17, 2014: Mid-Semester Break- No Classes

November 3, 2014: Semester Course Drop and P/F Grade Option Deadline

important dates

Many Global Studies students pursue undergraduate research through a year-long senior honors thesis.

undergraduate research

Gabi Rueda, Global Studies '13,  and Rachel Kuhn, Global Studies '14, have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Grants (Gabi- Brazil, Rachel- Germany).

Ema Woodward, Global Studies '13, has been awarded a prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. She is the first Carnegie Mellon student to receive this fellowship.

Christian Aponte, Global Studies '13, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Grant for an English Teaching Assistantship in Brazil.

Corporal Rebecca Aviva Yasner, Global Studies '12, is making the Israeli Air Force greener.

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