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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:

  • Anthropology of Belief
  • Global Cultural Studies Practicum 
  • Global Cultural Studies Senior Thesis
  • Global Political Ecology
  • Global Social Change
  • Human Rights in Theory and Practice
  • Literature, Performing Arts and Politics: A Global View
  • Marx and Marxism
  • Modern World Systems
  • Wealthy White Males 

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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