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School of Arts and Sciences

Global Studies Major

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Pictured is global cultural studies alum Julia Franzen.
Alumna Julia Franzen says a degree in global cultural studies equipped her for life.

Address World Issues with a Degree in Global Cultural Studies

To make a difference in the global community, you have to understand the global community. Our humanities-based, cross-disciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in global cultural studies will give you an understanding of the complexities of the world, along with the critical thinking and communication skills needed to make agile, confident and informed decisions.

Studying in an international city like Pittsburgh, Point Park University students learn from faculty who work with global companies and organizations. Our students also have access to experts on global and social issues through our "An Evening With..." Global Cultural Studies Speakers' Series. It's a real-world approach that prepares graduates for emerging transitional careers such as law, foreign service and environmental studies.

Alumni and Student Profiles

Pictured is global cultural studies alum Eric Probola. Global studies alumnus Eric Probola landed a job with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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Pictured is Carlene Morgan, global cultural studies student and intern for the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. | Photo by Chris Rolinson Global studies major Carlene Morgan interned for Allegheny County's Save Your Home program.

Point Park student, Emily Petsko, is the 2012 winner of the Bob Fryer Scholarship for aspiring journalists.
Emily Petsko, a student double majoring in global cultural studies and journalism, traveled to Nepal as part of an independent study.

International studies majors are encouraged to use their 18 elective credits for a minor in one of the following areas:

  • Psychology;
  • Environmental Health;
  • Civil Engineering; or
  • Public administration.

Students are also encouraged to spend a semester abroad.

International Studies Courses

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the global studies major. Some of the courses in the program include:

  • Modernity, Colonialism and Capitalism
  • The Anthropology of Belief
  • Literature, Performing Arts and Politics: A Global View
  • Human Rights in Theory and Practice
  • Global Political Ecology
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Global Cultural Studies Practicum
  • Global Cultural Studies Senior Thesis

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Global Studies Careers

Graduates of this international studies major will be well-prepared for emerging transnational careers in areas such as:

  • Education
  • International Development
  • International Organizations (e.g. United Nations)
  • Law
  • Non-governmental organizations focusing on international affairs (e.g. Amnesty International)
  • Journalism
  • Public Service
  • Civil Service
  • Community Organizing

Learn more about the Global Studies program


International Studies Travel Opportunities