B.A. in Global Studies
The mission of the Global Studies B.A. 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 understand the impact of nationalism and globalism in shaping contemporary society. Students will also develop a vision of themselves as cooperative and responsible global citizens while preparing to become leaders in an increasingly globalized society.
This interdisciplinary program prepares students to understand different cultures and to develop skills in comparative cultural, economic, political, and social analysis. It provides a systematic preparation through traditional courses and experiential learning that will prepare students for careers in government service, education, international business, international law, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, as well as graduate study. Faculty members participating in this program have research expertise in every region of the world.
See the Otterbein University catalog for the complete Global Studies B.A. requirements.
Internships and Experiential Learning
Otterbein offers students the opportunity to participate in our Model United Nations program and there are internships available with the Columbus Council on World Affairs as well as other international agencies and organizations in the Columbus metropolitan area.
|Student Learning Outcomes||University Learning Goals (KMERI*)|
|Goal 1: Understand Global Structures of Power: 1a. Understand global political structures and processes||Engaged|
|Goal 1: Understand Global Structures of Power: 1b. Understand major IGOs and NGOs||Knowledgeable|
|Goal 1: Understand Global Structures of Power: 1c. Understand major theories of development and globalization||Knowledgeable|
|Goal 2: Recognize Major Global Issues and Conceptual Frameworks: 2a. Explore dynamics of traditionalism vs. globalization||Knowledgeable|
|Goal 2: Recognize Major Global Issues and Conceptual Frameworks: 2b. Recognize environmental impact of economic activities||Responsible|
|Goal 2: Recognize Major Global Issues and Conceptual Frameworks: 2c. Identify cultural biases in globalization process||Inquisitive|
|Goal 3: Develop Research Skills: 3a. Plan research projects and design research methodology||Multi-literate|
|Goal 3: Develop Research Skills: 3b. Learn citation styles and bibliographic reference systems||Multi-literate|
|Goal 3: Develop Research Skills: 3c. Construct effective written arguments||Multi-literate|
|Goal 4: Explore Global Studies as a Developing Discipline: 4a. Appreciate multi-disciplinary approaches to global awareness||Multi-literate, Engaged|
|Goal 4: Explore Global Studies as a Developing Discipline: 4b. Use diverse perspectives and skills in problem-solving||Inquisitive|
|Goal 4: Explore Global Studies as a Developing Discipline: 4c. Develop skills and values for effective global citizenship||Responsible|
*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for Knowledgeable, Multi-literate, Engaged, Responsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.