Global and International Studies

The Global and International Studies in Social Science (GLIS) major provides students with breadth in social science foundational courses combined with in-depth knowledge in a world region or global topic – Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia – as well as different topics of study such as gender studies and international development.

Students develop understanding of the processes of continuity and change in various world regions through multidisciplinary theory and practice and use of methodologies, theories, and literatures of various disciplines and fields. The major helps prepare students for jobs in government, business, and non-governmental organizations that are engaged with the world outside the United States and for graduate study in international or area studies and other fields.

By taking a combination of courses in departments like Geography, History, Economics, Political Science, and Humanities, the students expand their focus on society and cultures of the region to address contemporary issues and challenges confronting societies and governments. Students are also exposed to critical issues that affect the lives of many people in the world and the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.

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