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Global Studies

The mission of the Global Studies Program is to help students appreciate and understand today’s increasingly intercultural world and the interconnections that link citizens across the world. The program promotes learning and knowledge about the cultural, social, political and economic forces shaping our world. Students will come to see the impact and role of nationalism and globalism in shaping contemporary society. Students will develop a vision of themselves as cooperative and responsible global citizens.

This interdisciplinary program prepares students to understand different cultures and to develop skills in comparative cultural analysis. It provides a systematic preparation through courses and first-hand experiences that will lead to specific preparation for employment or graduate study. Faculty members participating in this program have research expertise in evey region of the world.

BA in Global Studies

The Department of History and Political Science offers a BA in Global Studies. The Global Studies interdisciplinary major seeks to prepare students to actively participate in and become leaders in an increasingly globalized society. This course of study prepares students for a career and life that is engaged in the non-profit sector, the public sector, education, international business or law, and other work embedded in a global and international context.

In addition to General Education Requirements, the Global Studies Major requires the completion of 48 semester hours drawn from six specific areas: (a) Foundations; (b) Modern Language; (c) Global Processes and Systems; (d) Regional Concentration; (e) Senior Year Aspects of Global Citizenship; and (f) Senior Year Global Citizenship Capstone.

  • See the Otterbein University catalog for the specific Global Studies BA requirements.
  • International Studies majors, should consult the International Studies BA requirements.

Study Abroad and Global Experience

Students are highly encouraged to study abroad in a location that aligns with the Modern Language they have studied and their Regional or Topical Focus. This experiential learning will significantly deepen their understanding of other cultures and have a high impact on their learning. Students may also take an appropriate internship that is directly linked to their Regional or Topical Focus.

Otterbein University operates an exchange program with Roehampton University in London and the University of Maastricht and has connections with dozens of other countries. Students for Otterbein University regularly take advantage of study abroad in Dijon, France, and also participate in the Semester at Sea program.

The Global Studies major requires students to obtain competency in a foreign language. This competency can be obtained from classroom study, or may be achieved through Study Abroad.

Internships and Experiential Learning

Students interested in experiential learning may also participate in the Model United Nations programs organized by the Department of History and Political Science, for which academic credit is available. There are opportunities for internships with the Columbus Council on World Affairs, as well as other agencies and organizations in the Columbus metropolitan area.

Career Options and Future Opportunities

Career options for students majoring in international studies include federal government positions, foreign service, NGO work, health related occupations, global business and finance, journalism, law school, and translating/interpreting positions.

Students may also wish to pursue graduate education opportunities in Global Studies. For more information about graduate programs in this field, click here.

/ Department of History and Political Science

La Trice Washington
p/ 614.823.1019
e/ LWashington@otterbein.edu


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