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Global and International Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in global studies

Build a wide range of skills to explore the world, collaborate with people across borders and identities, and have a direct, positive impact on solving planetary problems. 

Global and international studies is a practical and interdisciplinary degree that examines the crossroads of economic, political, sociocultural, and environmental processes to understand their effects on different parts of the world, from local neighborhoods to transnational regions. You'll work closely with world-class scholars in various settings, from seminars to community engagement projects. 

As you develop your toolkit, our professors help you apply your talents in career-oriented internships and projects that tackle problems like intercultural conflict, climate migration, human rights abuses, or global pandemic preparedness. You'll graduate with the ability to think globally, act locally, and use your research, writing, and problem-solving to excel on your chosen path.

Mien Le, Global Studies and English and Communication Studies

Mien Le, Global Studies

Global and international studies program details

Student Research
Career Paths
Grad School

Opportunities for student research

At Hamline, global and international studies majors participate in research with faculty as early as their first year, something usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions. You'll design and conduct your research project based on your interests and goals.

The list of possible research projects is as varied as our students. For example, picture yourself:

  • Interviewing climate refugees in Australia, Mexico, and Egypt
  • Investigating language divergence in South Korea
  • Studying the biodiversity effects of construction of a US-Mexico border wall
  • Researching the human rights implications of statelessness for Roma populations throughout Europe
  • Working at clinics to understand how complementary and alternative medicine can prevent cardiovascular disease in Latinx communities of the Twin Cities
  • Documenting anti-Black discrimination and equity concerns on public transportation, specifically the Metro Green Line in the Twin Cities
  • Preparing a proposal to investigate comparative perspectives on LGBTQIA+ youth movements in Taiwan, China, and the US

Hamline makes it easy to access a wide range of learning opportunities, near and far. Support for study away makes it easy to earn credits from across an ocean, and there are countless engagement opportunities right here in the Twin Cities for students interested in hyperlocal action and community-building. You can also participate in Model United Nations and attend the annual spring conference in New York City.

Learn more about undergraduate research at Hamline 

Internships for global and international studies majors

We make sure you leave Hamline with global and international studies work experience on your resume. The opportunities are boundless—whether you want to explore a career in research, counseling, social work, psychiatry, or beyond, we have internship opportunities for you.

Some past global studies student internships include:

  • Capitol Pathways, intern and legislative trainee
  • St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee “Bridging Cultures Through Understanding,” archivist and social media specialist
  • Zewditu Memorial Hospital, Addis Ababa, maternity ward assistant and doula-in-training
  • Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee), communications intern

Explore career paths for global and international studies majors

Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs, such as:

  • Refugee resettlement specialist
  • Political affairs officer
  • Diplomatic services assistant
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Human trafficking prevention counselor
  • Trade relations consultant
  • Embassy management officer
  • International event planner
  • Consular services associate
  • International trade researcher
  • Global marketing associate

You can put your skills to work in a variety of fields, including:

  • Sustainable development
  • International relations and diplomacy
  • Global public health services
  • Foreign affairs
  • International law
  • National security

Take your studies further with graduate school

Our graduates have gone on to graduate schools across the country in the pursuit of master’s and doctoral degrees. An example of a graduate school pathway that one of our alumni pursued was a PhD in Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego.

Recent student accomplishments

Nidhi Jariwala
April 15 2024 / Inside Hamline News

Alum wins Global Climate Justice Fellowship

Global Studies program alum Nidhi Jariwala ’ 22 has been awarded a Global Climate Justice Fellowship at New York University where she is pursuing a...
Mohamed Shukri
April 16 2024 / Newsroom

Mohamed Shukri ’24 awarded prestigious Payne Fellowship

The Payne Fellowship offers students a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

Take your next step today

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