B.A. Global Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Global Studies


Prepare for a career focused on international service.

About the Major

The Global Studies major is designed to help you think critically about global issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The major is structured around intellectual and experiential frameworks that empower you to analyze, adapt, communicate, problem-solve, and empathize in a variety of professional and personal networks. 

The unique structure of the major, one that emphasizes interdisciplinary study also promotes self-reliance, leadership and team skills. It is precisely these skills and attitudes that will allow you to lead in your future workplaces and communities – settings increasingly infused with global forces.

Virtually every professional educational forum (e.g., American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, etc.) strongly endorses the idea of globalizing the educational experience of our students. Indeed, like many institutions across the country, the UA has aggressively pursued internationalization/globalization agendas over the past two decades. This institutional innovation has been in direct response to a variety of metrics showing that corporate, government and non-governmental institutions have urged that the U.S. workforce be better able to manage the realities of a globalized world.

A major assumption of our program is that many of the most effective and lasting educational, research, and outreach opportunities take place outside the classroom. Therefore our major is constructed to reward and encourage a variety of co-curricular and alternative educational activities to extend and complement the traditional classroom.

Career Pathways

The Global Studies degree will help you think critically about global issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, while also balancing multiple academic priorities. Such skills are highly sought after in the workplace.

Possible careers for Global Studies graduates include:

  • International organizations
  • Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Research Institutes
  • Non-profit and Human Services
  • International Business
  • National Security
  • Council Government and Foreign Service
  • United Nations
  • Relief Organizations