Global Studies at Providence College

Why Study Global Studies at Providence College?
Global Studies combines many disciplines in support of a single goal: to make the world a better place. Our department was founded on the idea that a better and more just world is possible.

For students interested in worldwide societies and cultures, international markets and governments, the major offers an inspiring course of study to explore and understand how to positively influence our multifaceted and rapidly changing world.  

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What you'll study

The bachelor of arts in global studies degree program draws on concepts from disciplines across the humanities, political science, and economics. Students learn how societies around the world are converging and challenging geographic and political frontiers and develop an appreciation for individuality.

The program emphasizes collaborative learning, participatory research, community engagement, activism, and cross-cultural competency in order to effectively understand globalization and influence its effects upon communities, environmental sustainability, and the dignity of all living things.  

Selected Courses

  • Case Studies in Globalization: Globalization and Cultural Identity  
  • The Global Economy  
  • Global Feminisms in an Age of Empire and Beyond  
  • Immigration  
  • Justice Across Borders  
  • Political Economy of Race 

Faculty

True to the spirit of the global studies major, our faculty come from many different disciplines but share a commitment to engaged student learning. They hold advanced degrees from esteemed institutions located in the U.S. and abroad. They have authored research papers, pedagogical materials, and articles in professional journals, as well as books on topics from immigration to community-based leadership, youth civic engagement, and global citizenship.

Their academic expertise includes unauthorized migrants, transitions to adulthood, race and ethnicity, youth civic engagement, global citizenship, and economic and social inequality in India. They are also active members of the local community, founding or participating in such groups as the Listening Tree Cooperative and the Coalition for Advocates for Student Opportunities (CASO-RI). 

ENGAGED LEARNING

A deep understanding of cultural and global issues is essential to the major. Therefore, an international immersion experience that incorporates an internship, service-learning course, and/or community-based action research project is an important part of the program. Students study abroad for a semester or full academic year through the Feinstein Institute for Public Service and global studies department in partnership with the Center for Global Education.

Students may participate in one of more than 125 approved global studies recognized study abroad programs located in 45 countries around the world. Through this program, our students have studied and served in countries spanning the globe, including Argentina, Australia, Ireland, Thailand, South Africa, Rwanda, Israel, Nicaragua, China, India, and many more.  

90%

of 2017-2021 global studies graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


  • 74% are employed only
  • 7% are attending school only
  • 9% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • AmeriCorps
  • Barcelona En Comu
  • College Visions
  • Dorcas International Institute of RI
  • Elementary/secondary schools throughout the United States  
  • Fulbright Espana  
  • HBO
  • The Key Program, Inc.  
  • New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Rhode Island Executive Office of Commerce
  • Teach for America  
  • United Nations Foundation 

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Brown University
  • George Mason University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Mente Argentina
  • Providence College
  • St. John’s University
  • Suffolk University
  • University of Rhode Island