Global Studies

School of Arts and Sciences


Global studies is more than just the study of contemporary globalization: It means engaging with the history of transformation in international, cross-cultural settings. Westminster offers an academic minor in global studies that allows you to unravel the complex dimensions of worldwide power relations while becoming a leader in this emerging global society.

Who It's For

Our program attracts students who want to use skills in critical knowledge to reflect on the various economic, social, and ecological perspectives of the international community. If you are concerned with the force of globalization and want to complement your major area of study with a collaborative discipline, global studies is the fit for you.

Key Benefits

  • Our program focuses on understanding the intellectual and ethical responsibilities of active citizenship.
  • You will work closely with faculty members across disciplines to customize a minor that better complements your major.
  • Your studies will complement the theoretical approach of seminars with evidence and research from current world events.
  • Our interdisciplinary approach to global studies allows you to explore programs like anthropology, economics, environmental studies, history, and public health while obtaining credit.

About the Program

Our program focuses on helping students build the skills to successfully communicate across cultural boundaries. Global studies has a curriculum that cultivates self-awareness. We want you to find an aspect of globalization that inspires you to follow an independent education path towards a successful, conscious career.

What You'll Learn

  • Bring together knowledge of different disciplines and cultures to address and analyze global challenges.
  • Collaborate across areas of study to develop sustainable, equitable solutions and plan a course of action.
  • Challenge power relations, inequities, and injustices by effectively advocating for diversity and justice.
  • Take advantage of knowledge from multiple worldviews and learn how to use it in a professional setting.

Plan of Study

Students must complete 24 credit hours of approved coursework to complete the global studies minor. Many courses can be used as electives in a variety of majors or selected as an alternative to WCore classes.

Sample Courses

Global Politics

Explore the different approaches to the study and practice of international relations and global politics. By employing a critical and intercultural framework, our students will learn and understand the growing diversity of Western, non-Western, feminist, and ecological perspectives of worldwide affairs.

Patterns of Global Immigration

In this course, you will look at the recent history of and reasons behind global immigration patterns. We will focus on immigrant experiences in places like the United States and Europe and use primary sources to analyze the influence of immigration worldwide.

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Career Opportunities

With a minor in global studies complementing your degree, you will have the strong communication skills and cross-cultural knowledge necessary to succeed in any career field. You will practice the ability to work collaboratively in order to find accessible solutions and, most importantly, be aware of the global implications of your work.

Potential Careers

  • Civil service worker
  • Management consultant
  • Human resources
  • Humanitarian relief worker
  • International development
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • National security council

Student Success

The global studies minor launched in Fall 2017, so our formal student success stories are limited. Nevertheless, past students who completed a customized major with an emphasis on global studies have been accepted at several respected domestic and international graduate schools and are working for non-governmental organizations as well as in government positions.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)


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In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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