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Welcome to Global Studies

Welcome to Global Studies

The Major in Global Studies

The major in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed for students interested in humanistic approaches to understanding past and present processes of globalization. Participating faculty in the departments of History, Modern Languages, and English 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. Global Studies majors develop a broad understanding of their prospects and responsibilities as citizens of the world confronting challenging contemporary problems.

There are three required courses for the major: the general education course Global Histories (79-104), Introduction to Global Studies (79-275), and Advanced Seminar in Global Studies (79-400). Majors also choose among several courses focused on theory, research methods, transnational histories, and regional/national histories and cultures. Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is a crucial component of the major in Global Studies.

In addition to coursework at Carnegie Mellon, Global Studies majors are encouraged to incorporate a semester of study abroad into their course of study in order to immerse themselves in a society different from their own with unfamiliar cultural practices, language, and history. Global Studies majors may also enroll in 79-506 (Global Studies Internship), a course that enables them to earn credit while gaining first-hand experience working with Pittsburgh-based organizations that work across borders.

Majors should consult frequently with the program's academic advisor and with participating faculty who will help students to craft a coherent course of study on specific topics and/or regions that may lead to the capstone research project (79-400) or a Dietrich College senior honors thesis. Program faculty and the academic advisor will also work with students to connect their academic interests and their participation in student organizations and/or organizations based in Pittsburgh with transnational reach.

Global Studies may be elected as a primary or an additional major; the requirements for each are the same.