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Global Studies

Overview

You’re adventurous and politically engaged, with wide-ranging interests that can’t be captured by a single subject or discipline. You want to see the world and more than that, to understand how nations and peoples interact and influence cultural, political and social structures.

You’ll draw on such diverse fields as geography, international business, political science, urban and regional studies, sustainability, economics, health, history - even food culture - to unravel this complex, changing relationships.

In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in international/global studies earn an average annual salary of $53,443, and job growth for this major is projected to increase about nine percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Employers in almost every sector are looking for candidates who have this big-picture perspective, and our graduates have gone on to careers in journalism, public health, international trade and banking, law and medicine.

At Hofstra, we encourage Global Studies majors to immerse themselves in experiences that broaden their minds and their horizons, including study abroad programs, language studies, internships, service trips and volunteer work. But the hallmark of our Global Studies program is personalization and flexibility. Our faculty are dedicated mentors who will work closely with to tailor your studies to your interests, and help you find and pursue opportunities inside and outside the classroom that are relevant to your goals.

That flexibility is why so many of our students to take on a double major, which strengthens their career options. A degree in Global Studies from Hofstra will teach you how to embrace and lead change, regardless of the path you choose.

Curriculum

In addition to their required classes, Global Studies majors customize their studies through a wide range of electives. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, Global Studies gives students the freedom to explore specific interests while learning about the core ideas and concepts pertaining to globalization. For example, all majors are required to take regional studies courses that allow them to study different parts of the world.

Specifically, Global Studies majors learn:

  • about economic, political and cultural systems and traditions around the world
  • about crises and challenges facing different regions and cultures
  • how local events can have a global impact and how international incidents impact local communities
  • how to conduct field research and interpret data

Hofstra offers a minor in Global Studies, and a Pre-Health concentration for students interested in medical school and other advanced degrees in health studies. In addition, we offer a minor in geography, a minor in geography/GIS and a minor in computer science and GIS, which is an introduction to coding and GIS.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Global Studies

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Students who graduate from Hofstra with a degree in Global Studies get jobs all over the world and in a wide variety of fields, including law, media organizations, government agencies, not-for-profit groups, banking, and manufacturing.

Recent alumni are employed with organizations including:

  • Apple
  • Americorps
  • Peace Corps
  • National Governors Association
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • New York State Governor's Office of Storm Recovery
  • Ogilvy Public Relations
  • Citibank
  • Macmillian Publishing

Hofstra graduates who have opted to pursue advanced degrees at such institutions as:

  • Georgetown University
  • Northwestern University
  • London School of Economics
  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Texas, Austin
93% are employed, grad school or both
100% accept a position within six months
$43K median salary
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Internship/Experience

Geography student and teacher

Approximately 62 percent of global studies majors have made an internship part of their academic experience at Hofstra.

Recent internships for global studies majors have included:

  • American Association of Geographers
  • United Nations
  • Newsday
  • Nassau County Department of Human Services
  • Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
  • NYU Winthrop University Hospital
  • Fresh Air Fund
  • China National TV CCTV-7
  • WaterAid America
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The Global Studies program is a tight-knit, welcoming, diverse community. The active Get Global student club hosts social, networking and academic events throughout the year. Mu Kappa, Hofstra’s chapter of the international geographic honor society Gamma Theta Upsilon, also hosts guest lectures and other events.

We encourage students to take advantage of Hofstra’s study abroad programs, whether for a full semester or shorter programs during the January and Summer intercessions. There are Hofstra-sponsored programs to locations such as London, Venice, Athens, Japan, Ireland, South Korea, China, Costa Rica and Spain. The Department of Global Studies and Geography is also home to Hofstra’s European Odyssey class, a semester-length study abroad program in which a dozen selected students travel with faculty throughout Western and Eastern Europe by minivan. Traveling through 10 countries, students immerse themselves in the culture, meeting local residents, politicians and policy makers, professors and other students.

Meet La Rainne Pasion

 
 

Meet La Rainne Pasion majored in global studies and economics. She had an internship at the Mediterranean Shipping Company, and was a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographical honor society. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, she became a logistics specialist at Big Blue Ocean LLC., a global seafood wholesaler.