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What is global studies?

The global studies degree at OSU educates you on local and global topics while learning about contemporary cultures and working with people with diverse backgrounds.

Why global studies at OSU?

With a global studies degree at OSU, you will gain a variety of skills, including a deep understanding of the institutions and processes that shape the world. Our goal is to increase your cross-cultural knowledge and strengthen your verbal and written communications skills through unique courses and hands-on experiences, such as study abroad trips.

Career Paths

Students majoring in global studies pursue jobs within the United States and abroad. They seek careers with local, state or federal agencies, in the private sector, or with non-governmental and charitable organizations. A global studies major is also a good way to prepare for law school or graduate study.


  • You will have the option to fulfill course requirements with either a semester study abroad or a shorter one or two week course led by department faculty through the Center for Global Learning.
  • Students majoring in global studies can find volunteer work through the OSU Student Volunteer Center on campus. Opportunities for national and international volunteering can be found at VolunteerMatch. Volunteering can help communities, while helping students to explore career options and gain experience.
  • Our faculty have expertise in nearly every world region, from Latin America to the Middle East, Australia to Oceania and beyond. Faculty have received funding from prestigious organizations, such as UNESCO, National Geographic, Fulbright-Hayes, National Science Foundation and International Research and Exchanges Board.

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