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Earn Your Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

Global Studies is offered through the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The program offers high quality upper division courses and advisement designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers related to Global Studies as well as providing graduates with a solid foundation for postgraduate study. These courses acquaint students with major areas of knowledge and help students develop many of the significant skills needed for academic and career success. These courses help students as they embark on the journey of integrating their personal Christian faith with their growing base of academic knowledge and awareness of the world around them.

Program Options

Program Option Degree Plan
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Studies PDF
Minor in Asian Studies PDF
Minor in Latin American Studies PDF

What makes an OBU Global Studies degree special?

Global Studies synthesizes the comparative approach of anthropology with the focus on political institutions offered by political science. Political institutions range from those that dictate to their population to those that take orders from their population, and many are a dynamic negotiation between the two – a process guided by cultural expectation.

Global Studies emphasizes cultural comparisons of the extent to which people participate in political action and the manner in which they participate. Central questions include, “What will this society accept?” and, “What is the cultural root of these boundaries of expectation?” This degree also examines the legacy of Western hegemony in the model of the nation-state as it has been enforced, adopted and adapted around the world and across history.

A degree in Global Studies will prepare students for a variety of vocations as graduates will be prepared to navigate and participate in the diverse political institutions of a globally connected world.

Examples of possible careers include the following:

  • Community development
  • Government service: elective and appointive
  • Graduate students
  • Historian
  • Law: attorney, judicial
  • Missions
  • Policy analyst
  • Public relations
  • Policy researchers
  • Teacher

Faculty 

Learn more about our Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty.

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