Why Major in Global Studies?


1. The Global Studies BA Program offers maximum flexibility.

You can practically design your own major. Global Studies majors are exposed to different social science disciplines. You will take required courses in anthropology, economics, geography, history, and political science. You will then select an area of emphasis and take 12 units (4 courses) in that area. There are 16 options to choose from: Disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science; Regions: Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East; Topics: Human Rights, International Business & Economics, Language & Culture, Migration, International Organizations & Law, International Relations, Global Environment.  You can even create your own area of emphasis if what you want to study is not listed here!  International students may select the US as their area of emphasis and take courses in American culture, history, politics, and geography.  Many courses can be taken online.

2. It’s very easy to double-major in Global Studies and something else.

The Global Studies BA Program doesn’t require a lot of units (43-47 units).  Double-counting is allowed, so courses you take for Global Studies can be used to satisfy GE (General Education) requirements or the requirements of another major. 

3. You will gain valuable work experience.

Global Studies majors are required to study abroad or complete an internationally related internship.  CSU East Bay offers a wide variety of study abroad programs to fit your needs.  For the internship option, students must complete at least 50 hours of work.  The internship will look good on your resume and make you more marketable to employers!  Here are a few organizations where Global Studies majors have done their internships:

International Rescue Committee: a nonprofit organization that provides a wide range of services to refugees

Global Ties: a nonprofit organization that connects emerging international leaders with businesses and key decision makers in the San Francisco Bay Area

World Affairs Council: a nonpartisan forum for the public to join leading international relations experts to discuss and debate global issues

Centro Legal de la Raza: a nonprofit organization that provides legal aid, community education, and advocacy to Spanish-speaking immigrants

Causa Justa: a nonprofit organization that provides tenant rights advocacy and information to low-income residents 

El Concilio: a Latino community-based non-profit agency in the Central Valley

CSUEB American Language Program: the English language program for international students at CSUEB

Tokyo Television Broadcasting Corporation: the leading Japanese media company in the San Francisco Bay Area

World Institute on Disability: an international nonprofit organization that focuses on researching disability issues and overcoming barriers to independent living for people with disabilities