The Global Studies BA major is rooted in political science, economics, sociology, geography and history. Students in this major integrate theory and research to examine critical cultural and geopolitical issues.
The Global Studies bachelor's degree program at Lesley University offers students the opportunity to study individuals, societies and systems globally. Based on a foundation in political science, economics, sociology, geography and history, students are able to integrate theory and research so as to understand the complex nature of political, cultural and economic global issues. Applying theory and practice serves as an integral component of the program: Students participate in at least two internships in varied settings - including government; advocacy organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) - addressing issues ranging from climate change to human rights to refugee crises.
Coursework will include a focus on the following areas of study:
The Global Studies major is well-suited to students wishing to pursue graduate studies, planning careers with an international and/or multicultural orientation, and for those interested in law, policy, and advocacy.
Given the importance of language mastery for those preparing to work internationally, all students majoring in Global Studies are strongly advised to take two semester courses in a foreign language as part of their program of study, and encouraged to participate in a Study Abroad program.
This course examines core concepts and issues comprising the emerging field of global studies, and addresses the challenges they pose to the global community and its citizens. Students will engage in researching select global issues and investigating prospective career options as they consider their personal and professional identity in the field of global studies.
Nancy V. Heims
Assistant Professor of Global Studies
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science and Global Studies
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