Undergraduate Programs in

Global Studies

Global Studies is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to critically analyze the ongoing processes of economic, political and cultural change that have collectively become known as "globalization."

As you move along in your studies, you may take courses in such diverse fields as geography, international business, political science, urban and regional studies, sustainability, economics, health, history - even food culture - and unravel their complex, changing relationships and the roles they play in communities locally, regionally, and around the world.

The Global Studies Program is housed in the Department of Global Studies and Geography.

Why Global Studies?

Global Studies majors are adventurous and politically engaged, with wide-ranging interests that can't be captured by a single subject or discipline. They want to understand how nations and peoples interact and influence cultural, political and social structures.

At Hofstra, we encourage Global Studies majors to immerse themselves in experiences that broaden their minds and their horizons, including study abroad, language studies, internships, service trips and volunteer work

Many of our students choose to take on a double major, strengthening 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.

Degrees and Programs

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 complete at least two courses that focus on a specific geographic region.

BA in Global Studies

Students pursuing a BA will take courses in Global Studies and also in related disciplines, such as Geography, Political Science, International Business, Journalism, Economics, Public Policy, Philosophy, Criminology, Sociology, and History.

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The Global Studies program also offers a minor as well as a Pre-Health Studies Major with a concentration in Global StudiesThe latterprepares students for medical, dental, or veterinary school by requiring the courses in the sciences and mathematics needed for admission to professional degree programs in the health sciences, as well as a concentration in one specific field within either the humanities or the social sciences.

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Key Topics in Global Studies

  • Child Labor
  • Cultural Change and Identity
  • Employment
  • Gender Rights
  • Global Climate Change
  • Health Care and Diseases
  • Human Rights
  • Human Trafficking
  • Income Inequality
  • International Trade
  • Migration and Immigration
  • Political Conflict
  • Spatial Change
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Technological Innovation and Policy

In the Classroom

Learn from the Experts

Our faculty are active researchers and prolific authors who lecture around the world. They 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.

The Student Experience

Student Organizations

The Global Studies and Geography Department 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.


According to a survey with recent graduates from the Department of Global Studies and Geography, 100% responded that an internship was part of their academic experience at Hofstra.

Recent internships include: The American Association of Geographers, American Geographical Society, Amnesty International, CBS/CBS News, Central American Refugee Center, Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Bulgaria, New York Division of Human Rights, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, Planned Parenthood, Sustainable Long Island, the United Nations Voice of America, and the World Youth Alliance.

Study Abroad

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, and Spain.

The Department of Global Studies and Geography is also home to Hofstra's European Odyssey Program, a unique study abroad program in which students travel with faculty throughout a number of Western and Eastern Europe by minivan, meeting local residents, politicians and policy makers.


Dr. Masaharu G. Inaba Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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The Outlook

Employers in almost every sector are looking for candidates who have the big-picture perspective that Global Studies majors bring to the table. Our graduates have gone on to careers in journalism, public health, international trade and banking, law and medicine.

Learn about alumni outcomes


of recent alumni in this major responding to a survey reported that within a year of graduating they were employed or attending or planning to attend graduate school. 79% of those reporting employment landed their positions within three months of graduation; 88% within six months of graduation. Some examples of where our alumni are working: AmeriCorps VISTA, Burma Task Force USA, Counsel on Foreign Relations, Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, Harris Corporation, National Governors Association, and NBC/NBC News.

Graduate Studies

Those students who responded that they are pursuing advanced degrees are doing so at institutions like:

  • Columbia University
  • Hofstra University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • St. Andrews University
  • Western New England Law School

Contact Us

Our main office is currently closed, and the Department is sharing office support with the Department of Mathematics.

Secretary: Christine Jutt Email 

Roosevelt Hall, Room 306

Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Department Chair

Dr. Grant Saff
Professor of Global Studies and Geography
(516) 463-5596
209J Roosevelt Hall

Our Office

Department of Global Studies and Geography

Room 209K Roosevelt Hall
130 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549-1300, USA

Phone: (516) 463-5826
Fax: (516) 463-6968
Office Hours: Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Department Email: gsgeog@hofstra.edu