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Global Studies

World affairs are no longer only 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.

Gain a holistic understanding of the world

Our global studies program will offer you courses that examine the actors (i.e., individuals, countries, non-governmental organizations), ideas, and processes that shape the cultural, social, political and economic dimensions of global society.

Address global issues thematically

Themes throughout your courses will illustrate how similar issues are understood across different global communities.

Your courses will be divided into three themes:

  • 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.
Become a leader for a global society

In support of the Cal Lutheran mission, our global studies program is committed to preparing you to become a leader for a global society — with an emphasis on real-life experiences such as a capstone project and studying abroad.

At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts


Global Studies


College of Arts and Science

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The Curriculum

With challenging and relevant courses, outstanding faculty, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on learning, the global studies program will position you to succeed in your chosen career.

Program Details

Find out what it takes to earn a degree in global studies and explore the courses.

Highlighted Courses

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GLST 103: Contemporary Global Issues

A critical review and assessment will be undertaken of the origin and present condition of the major global issues and problems and how these are being addressed by the local and international organizations. We will also explore ideas and concepts of human trafficking, human rights, coexistence among peoples of different cultures and other critical global issues such as poverty eradication, environmental degradation, health crisis and family/gender issues.

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GLST 318: Immigration in the Global Age

International migration is an integral part of the globalization processes. This course explores the key current theoretical and empirical debates in the study of this global phenomenon. The course covers transnational networks, the formation and implementation of labor recruitment (including human trafficking), migration policies, political conflict, economic and social adaptation, the development of socio-cultural traditions (ethnic identities) and the transformation of gender relations.

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POLS 432: Political Violence and Revolutions

In this course we analyze the use of non-traditional warfare throughout history, including terrorism and guerilla insurgency, to promote political and social change. Topics include just war theory, theories of revolution, and the social and political consequences of political violence.

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RLTH 351: Global Ethics

A variety of issues have arisen which need to be examined from global perspective: political repression, social change, terrorism and war, economic globalization, immigration, human rights, health, and the environment. This course examines these issues from the perspectives of global religions, ethics, social theory, and social movements

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SOC 230: Introduction to World Cultures

People from different continents who speak different languages and possess different values and religions find themselves living closer and closer together in a new global village. To all members of this new community, cultural anthropology offers a unique invitation to examine, explain and critique human diversity. This course will introduce the student to the concepts, theories and methods used by anthropologists to analyze cultural systems particularly those from non-Western societies.

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PHIL 312: A More Inclusive History of Philosophy

This course is a general introduction to some of the issues and debates in the history of philosophy. The aim of the course is to introduce you to some of the historically significant philosophical debates (and some debates/figures that have been excluded from the "Western Canon"); to teach you how to reconstruct arguments and evaluate them, and how to write philosophy papers.

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Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.

The Experience

We offer hands-on opportunities that give you the freedom to explore your passion through real-world work and prepare for a fulfilling career.

  • Learning in Action

    Global studies students are required to engage in experiential learning in numerous ways, including through field research, internships or studying abroad. This allows you to experience a range of perspectives and develop and an appreciation of global diversity.

  • Research Opportunities

    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 or undergraduate research conferences.

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Global studies has enabled me to look at the interrelations of societies from an objective point of view. As a freshman, I decided I wanted my college career to truly be a “global study” immersion. I studied abroad for three semesters in Costa Rica, Chile, Thailand, and participated on a travel seminar to Cuba. Being able to study and live the effects of globalization in both western and eastern cultures has inspired me to further my understanding of this phenomenon.

Erick Sandoval '16
Global Studies, Business Administration
Career Paths

Students who graduate from our global studies program move on to follow their career interests 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.

Potential Careers

Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other

All postsecondary social sciences teachers not listed separately.

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Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

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Political Scientists

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decisionmaking, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

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Climate Change Policy Analysts

Research and analyze policy developments related to climate change. Make climate-related recommendations for actions such as legislation, awareness campaigns, or fundraising approaches.

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Environmental Economists

Conduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.

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Training and Development Specialists

Design or conduct work-related training and development programs to improve individual skills or organizational performance. May analyze organizational training needs or evaluate training effectiveness.

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Develop, introduce, or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, state, or federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

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Looking for more career paths? Search these related areas to discover more options.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

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

Graduate Schools

Our alumni have pursued advanced degrees at:

  • Boston University
  • California State University Fullerton
  • Geneva institute for Development
  • University California Santa Barbara
  • University of Oxford/Exeter College
Cal Lutheran taught me about voicing, engaging, and acting one's passions in the world. Through my experiences in the classroom and in the campus SEEd Garden, I was able form a foundation of knowledge that allows me to perform my duties more effectively.

Eric Fruth
Global Studies Major
Grant Writer, Many Mansions

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. Some occupations listed above may require a related graduate degree.

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