Your global studies major at Gardner-Webb will provide you with a uniquely interdisciplinary education, linking the social sciences and humanities with other international systems such as the environment and the economy.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies degree will provide you with a uniquely interdisciplinary education, linking the social sciences and humanities with other international systems such as the environment and the economy, while gaining a deeper understanding of the social, political, historical, and cultural forces influencing and changing local, national, and international communities.

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Gardner-Webb's Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society and the human past, in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to effect positive change. The Global Studies major is offered with this mindset, helping students understand the connection between international politics and religion, global involvement and spiritual faith. Students develop important skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing and oral communication.

Our faculty members offer comprehensive expertise in a diverse array of fields including: international relations, conflict and peace building, non-governmental organizations, food security, conflict resolution, global development, social change, and more.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for great career opportunities in a wide range of fields and with many institutions: politics and government, the non-profit and private sectors, civil society, the intelligence and defense communities, law, public and international service, and academia.

Your degree in global studies will help you contribute to the global community in many positive ways. You could pursue careers in policy analysis and government, international service and law, diplomacy and human rights, journalism, education, international development, global networking and organization, international business, or the expanding range of opportunities found in global civil society.

Many GWU global studies alumni are now pursuing graduate study at institutions such as Virginia Tech and University of North Carolina at Charlotte and law school at universities like the University of North Carolina, George Washington University, George Mason University, and University of California at Davis.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University General Education requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 39 hours of global studies courses.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

A minor in Global Studies requires 18 credit hours of coursework in language competency and social sciences concentrations. Additional information about the minor, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

The University also offers an array of other minor opportunities in other departments.

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