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Learn How to Address World Issues 

To make a difference in the global community, you have to understand the global community.

Our humanities and analytical-based, cross-disciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree program 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 in the workplace.

You'll be prepared to make meaningful contributions to both local and global communities.

In addition to studying in the internationally-recognized city of Pittsburgh, students are also encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad.

Recommended Minors

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

  • Psychology
  • Environmental Health
  • Civil Engineering
  • Public administration
Pictured is global cultural studies alumna Julia Franzen.

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

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the global cultural studies major. Courses in the program include:

  • Modern World Systems
  • Wealthy White Males
  • 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

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom

Learn from faculty who work with global companies and organizations and gain access to experts on global and social issues through various speakers series.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Channa Newman, Ph.D., HSS chair and professor of global cultural studies.
  • Featured speaker at the prestigious Prague Writers’ Festival in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Appointed director of international programs for the Prague Writers' Festival
  • Created a course called “Wealthy White Males" which led to the founding of the global cultural studies program

Career Options

Our real-world approach prepares graduates for emerging transitional careers in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Environmental studies
  • Foreign service
  • 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

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