Global Studies

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

Think beyond the borders.

World affairs are no longer primarily defined by national boundaries, but by the global integration of resources, ideas, and communities.

It is more important than ever to be able to understand the complex factors that affect our world's choices.

The Curriculum

A study of many factors

The Global Studies program offers courses that examine the actors (individuals, countries, non-governmental organizations), ideas, and processes that shape the cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of global society.

Thematic courses

Courses are divided into three themes. These themes are used to illustrate how similar issues are understood across different communities in global society.

  • Global Culture and Identity – These courses examine how historical, cultural, racial/ethnic, gender and spirituality factors are understood within a global context.
  • Global Governance and Civil Society – These courses examine how actors encounter the political and social challenges and opportunities posed by integration and interdependence in global society.
  • Global Economy, Development and Resources – These courses examine the economic forces, technology and natural resources in the global community.

Experience the world you're studying

Global studies students are required to engage in experiential learning through field research and through an internship or studying abroad. This fosters cultural sensitivity and an appreciation of global diversity.

Expand your capstone research

The best capstone projects are selected for the Pearson Scholar summer research program. If selected, you will work on expanding your project full-time during a summer break. Pearson Scholars can then present their work at professional and/or undergraduate research conferences.


The Professors

  • Michael Brint

    Uyeno-Tseng Professor of International Studies, Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director CLU-Oxford Study Abroad

  • Rahuldeep Gill

    Assistant Professor of Religion

  • Grady Hanrahan

    Professor and Associate Provost of Experiential Learning, Research, and Faculty Development

  • Haco Hoang

    Professor of Political Science

  • Akiko Yasuike

    Associate Professor of Sociology


Your Future

Armed with knowledge, perspectives, and skills acquired through their degree, our alumni pursue their interests and careers everywhere in the world.

They take advantage of opportunities created in the global world and work with people from different cultural and religious backgrounds for peace, social justice, cross-cultural understanding, and business.

Employers

  • Center for Teaching Language in China
  • Score Educational Centers
  • Tommaso Barletta
  • Wells Fargo Financial
  • Reagan Presidential Library & Museum
  • City of Los Angeles

Career Paths

  • Teacher
  • Marketing and PR Director
  • Special Programs Coordinator
97%
of Cal Lutheran students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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