Concordia features eight different global studies concentrations, so your experience will be tailored to your unique skills and interests. As an interdisciplinary program, we prepare students to thrive in a world that needs critical and analytical problem-solving skills, trained from across disciplines and world languages.
A major in Global Studies will provide you with the knowledge, skills and perspectives needed to thrive in our interconnected world.
The program is vibrant and growing, driven by dedicated faculty members from across the campus and an exceptional group of creative, independent-minded and ambitious students who wish to make a positive difference in the world.
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Dawit Endale Alemayehu '11
Summer Academic Program Consultant, International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa
Global Studies and Business Administration Major
Concordia inspired me to be a learner ... to seek knowledge and to better the lives of people in my immediate and non-immediate circles. Serving my home continent, Africa, and consequently the world. That is my calling. Thanks to my experience in the global studies department, I have matured into a leader who can contribute in education and international development. I know what fascinates me and what makes me happy and I am doing it.
Sureshi Jayawardene '08
PhD student in African American Studies at Northwestern University
Global Studies Major; Women's Studies Minor
From U.S. politics to foreign policy, global studies at Concordia allowed me to view the world more critically. Learning about the imbalance of power in a more global context afforded me a clearer understanding of how these networks affect specific communities and populations.
Amber Hermanson '13
Teacher’s Assistant, JET Program in Japan
Global Studies Major; Religion Minor
I think I will continue to be responsibly engaged in whatever community I’m part of by helping build understanding in my little corner of the world.
Michael Simonson '08
Senior Auditor, Americas Securities and Fund Services at Citibank
Global Studies and Spanish Major; International Business Minor
Concordia's rigorous curriculum prepared me very well for my MBA (Master's of International Business Administration) program in Mexico City and the international living experience that immediately followed graduation. My language and cross cultural skills obtained through studies, life and work at Concordia and the Language Villages enabled me to better adapt and succeed in Mexico.
Carly Stadum-Liang '07
Immigration Attorney, Northern Virginia Family Service
Global Studies and French Major
I would have never had the courage to move across the world if I hadn't studied in Tanzania during my junior year. Concordia inspired a lifelong interest in exploring the world and my dedication to working for social justice. I am also grateful for how my Concordia professors always pushed me to become a stronger, more persuasive writer.
Anna Brekken '04
Refugee officer for Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
Global Studies and Spanish Major
I began my overseas career by studying abroad in Pamplona, Spain my sophomore year at Concordia and Cork, Ireland my junior year. The support and flexibility of the Global Studies department opened my eyes to the possibility of exploring the world, which I hope to do the rest of my life.
Erica Bjelland '16
Global Studies Development and Scandinavian Studies Major; Business Minor
I love that the program is interdisciplinary. The liberal arts approach to learning about the world is what is going to benefit me the most when I leave Concordia because I’ll be able to know about global cultures, policies, and institutions from a wide variety of lenses. Also, last May I got to travel to Rwanda to teach English at SOS Primary schools; it was the best experience I have ever had.
Global Studies Abroad
Rwanda: Service in the Heart of Africa
Dr. Bill Snyder, English, will teach Global Studies 360 as a Summer Field Studies program in Rwanda in May.