The Program at SSU

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program, drawing on various social and natural sciences, as well as the humanities, to learn how local places are impacted by regional, national, and transnational cultural flows, environmental processes, political ideologies and economic relations.

This curriculum gives students the knowledge and the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to understand our complex and rapidly changing world.

The major prepares students for international careers, empowering them to shape their world as the next generation of global leaders in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is highly encouraged for this major. As well, students who wish to study abroad during their university experience find the Global Studies major particularly suited to accomodating an overseas curriculum.

For more information, see the Study Abroad page on this Website.

Learning Objectives

Students who participate in the major with enthusiasm and dedication will:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of diverse social, economic, political, cultural, environmental and demographic conditions found around the world
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the global political, economic and social system, and how world regions contribute to that system
  3. Develop an awareness of human aspirations across the globe and conditions inhibiting them
  4. Understand the complex nature of contemporary social issues (for example poverty, health and education, immigration and refugees, political nationalism, environmental justice, human rights, etc), and different theoretical or ideological approaches to addressing them
  5. Acquire the communication skills needed to work effectively in a global or multicultural context
  6. Engage as active citizens in your community, country, global society