You will take Foundations of Global Studies along with a chosen set of electives that will help you develop an understanding of the impact of technologies on cultural, political, geographical, and economic systems worldwide. You will also acquire an understanding of communities through learning what creates, builds (and rebuilds), sustains, threatens and destroys communities of all types and sizes.
Courses in journalism, sociology and political science, for instance, will provide you with opportunities to develop a heightened awareness of media systems and communication models as well as a deepened understanding of the social, political and economic processes and institutions.
Courses in languages, linguistics, anthropology and history, for example, will provide the opportunity for you to become sensitive, informed global communicators, to explore the conflicting as well as complementary relationships between language, culture and community as they encounter the pressures of globalization.
As a Global Studies minor, you will be able to gain deepened perspectives on global issues through international study or service-learning opportunities linked to global peace and justice issues.
Many of our minors study abroad in places like France, China, and Uganda, and are a part of Saint Michael's Peace and Justice Club that holds events on and off campus to raise awareness about global issues. One example of such an event happens ever semester as members of the club hold coffee hours at 2:00 am for the night-shift custodians to call attention to the issue of livable wages.
And because Global Studies deals with worldwide issues, you will also be able to enhance your proficiency in a second language taking classes in a foreign language or linguistics.
Many of our students who minor in Global Studies often enter the political field or pursue an advanced degree in Law or International Affairs. Some students also decide to enter into the non-profit and service sectors, working with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps.
A minor in Global Studies will provide you with a solid background in the vocabulary and theory of globalization as well as a forum for discussion of such issues all of which are skills that prove valuable in political, diplomatic, and non-profit career fields.