Global Studies

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Global Studies • The Whole World in Your Hands

About the Global Studies Major

Global Studies at Rider University is a rigorous program aimed at providing students a firm foundation and understanding of globalization, global community, international relations, and the politics of the global economy.

As a Global Studies major, you will gain the tools and skills needed to thrive in our increasingly global society — along with a new way of viewing the world. You’ll also have crucial access to internships in the United States and around the world.

A World of Opportunity
Our rigorous but flexible Global Studies program offers you:

The freedom to create your own course of study — combining courses from Business to Political Science, from Anthropology to Economics, from Communications to Foreign Languages — based on your professional interests and needs.

Unique insight into international events through open discussions with faculty and fellow students.
Opportunities for study abroad in a variety of countries while earning credit in your major.

Globally significant international and domestic internship opportunities.

The chance to participate in global videoconferencing with students in the Middle East and other international areas to share knowledge of educational systems, lives, hopes and dreams, and to promote understanding across cultures.

Global Studies Alumni

Graduates of Rider’s Global Studies program have pursued a variety of career paths in government service, international business, law, international NGOs (non-government organizations), and other organizations that deal with international and global issues. Many students choose to further their education through graduate and professional school programs, including programs in law, public affairs and international relations.

Recent alumni include students who earned: And alumni who now work:
  • For the United Nations as part of a Peace and Reconciliation tribunal in Tanzania;
  • With the Peace Corp serving in Mauritania after working on a relief program for women in Ghana;
  • For Google’s international branch;
  • With the U.S. Embassy Santa Domingo;
  • As director of the Ukrainian-American Business Association in Washington, D.C.; and
  • As director of an NGO dedicated to educating students about global issues.

Major Requirements
Minor Requirements

About the Curriculum

The Global Studies major is program with four required foundation courses:

Understanding Global Relations

The Social Construction of Global Society

The Politics of the Global Economy

Global Politics

In addition, students are required to take at least once course in each of the following tracks:

International Communications and Processes

Global Cultures and Global Society

Critical Global Issues

Students are highly encouraged to take foreign language courses, principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and international finance. In addition, they are encouraged to incorporate study abroad into their course of study in order to immerse themselves in a society different from their own with unfamiliar cultural practices, language and history.

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Why Major in Global Studies

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Employers in all areas — from education to business to law — seek out employees with global literacy. According to a recent survey asking what they looked for in college graduates, employers answered:

The ability to understand the global context of situations and decisions (67%)

The ability to comprehend global issues and developments and their implications for the future (65%)

An understanding of the role of the United States in the world (57%)

A knowledge of cultural diversity in America and other countries (57%)

The ability to analyze and solve complex problems (75%)

Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings (71%)

Civic knowledge, civic participation, and community engagement (52%)

The ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings through internships or other hands-on experiences (79%).

For more information, please contact Global Studies Program Director:

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  • 1983: University of Chicago: Ph.D., M.A. (1978) in Political Science.
    Major fields: American and Comparative politics, Methodology and Political Communication.
  • 1976: Cornell University: B.A. magna cum laude.
    Major fields: Government and English literature.