Explore the world, one culture at a time. You’ll do that here.

With growing U.S. involvement in international markets and the increasingly global character of American society, understanding the interconnections between cultures becomes more crucial. You’ll learn about the language, history, culture, economy and politics of a particular international area.

What You'll Do

Students are encouraged to expand their international awareness by providing national and global exposure to their career field. The global studies major also pairs well as a second major to other areas of study.

  • Work closely with highly qualified faculty in a small class environment.
  • Study abroad opportunities include short-term trips or full-term exchanges which help you develop valuable career skills, strengthen adaptability and broaden perspectives.
  • Opportunities to participate in real-world experiences through an internship, clinical opportunity, or research internship opportunities.

What Can You Do with a Global Studies Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Employment and Program Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Global Studies graduates work incorporations, all levels of government, import/export industries, businesses, travel and tourism industries, teaching and non-profit associations. Examples of job titles include cultural diversity officer, embassy assistant, civil service employee, lobbyist, immigration officer, cultural resource manager, and consumer researcher. 
  • The majority of global studies graduates find employment within a year of graduation, or attend graduate school in programs for ESL,international business, geography, political science, law, etc.
  • Graduates are exceptionally prepared for advanced graduate studies in other disciplines.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 85%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of History and Anthropology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $70K

    Social and Community Service Managers

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for social and community service managers is $69,600.

  • $52K

    Interpreters and Translators

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for interpreters and translators is $52,330.

  • $32k

    Tour and Travel Guides

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for tour and travel guides is $32,200.

Global Studies (BA)

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

What You'll Study

The Global Studies curriculum includes 45 hours specific to this major. Students are also expected to complete a minimum of 120 required credits, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Global Cultures & Languages: Global Studies Option – 45 Hours – Minor Required

Required Courses:

  • AN101 Observing Other Cultures (3)
  • AN181 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • GG150 Peoples & Places of the World (3)
  • PS104 Comparative Political Systems (3)
  • 9 Hours of Same Foreign Language* (9)

Choose 3 Hours From:*

  • FR220 French Literature (3)*
  • GN220 German Literature (3)*
  • SN220 Hispanic Literature (3)*
  • LI220 Fiction & the Human Experience (3)

*Language taken must match the track that is chosen.

Global Studies Option

Required Courses:

  • GG180 Cultural Geography (3)
  • xx300-599 Study Abroad/Internship (3)
  • Approved Upper Division Electives (6)**

Choose 3 Hours From:

  • EH103 Modern European Civilization (3)
  • WH130 Latin American Civilization (3)

Choose One Language Track

Chinese Track:
  • xx300-599 Study Abroad in China (6)
Francophone Track:
  • FR306 Contemporary France (3)
  • UI362 Contemporary French Culture (3)
Germanic Track:
  • EH516 History of Modern Germany (3)
  • GN320 German Culture & Civilization (3)
Hispanic Track:
Choose 3 Hours From:
  • WH520 Latin American Colonial History (3)
  • WH524 History of Mexico Since 1810 (3)
Choose 3 Hours From:
  • SN300 Spanish American Culture (3)
  • SN306 Civilization of Spain (3)
Japanese Track:
  • xx300-599 Study Abroad in Japan (6)
**See department for list of approved electives.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AN101 (3) 
  • Foreign Language 1 (3)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN181 (3) 
  • GG180 (3) 
  • Foreign Language 2 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • EH103 or WH103 (3) 
  • GG150 (3) 
  • Foreign Language 3 (3)
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • FR/GN/SN/LI220 (3) 
  • Major Track or Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • PS104 (3) 
  • Minor Course(3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Major Track Course (3) 
  • Major Track or Minor Course (3) 
  • Study Abroad/Internship (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Major Upper Division Elective (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (14 Hours) 

  • Major Upper Division Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (2)

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