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
Taylor Tielke '14
English Teacher, Peace Corps
Political Science and Global Studies Major; History Minor
What made Concordia great for me, was the tight knit community. Walking through the halls or even seeing professors in public, they would almost always stop to say hello. This happened even after I graduated! Every professor that I had classes with was more than willing to meet with students, resolve any issues, and strive to make the learning environment personal. Even in wide disciplines like global studies or political science, professors do a fantastic job of teaching basic ideas while giving ample opportunity to focus on topics that you are passionate about.
Michael Simonson '08
Audit Leader- Finance and Corporate Activities
Global Studies and Spanish Major; International Business Minor
Concordia's rigorous curriculum prepared me very well for my M.B.A. (Master 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.
Michelle (Pederson) King '13
QA Analyst at Wayfair in Berlin, Germany
Global Studies and German Major; Business Minor
The German department showed a lot of passion in teaching and helped guide me throughout my academic career by challenging me in language courses, which made it possible for me to live and work in Europe after graduating.
Carly Stadum-Liang '07
Managing Attorney at Stadium-Liang Immigration
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.
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.
Kjerstin Engebretson '16
Program Manager at Microsoft
Business and Global Studies Major
Concordia's mission statement really inspired me to make my own mission statement: 'In the pursuit to be the change, I will live adventurously and explore the cultures of the world in order to follow my dreams, create a sense of inspiration and truly foster a global community.'
Kirsten Hoaby '14
English Teacher Volunteer, Nicaragua
Global Studies and Spanish Major; Business Minor
I studied abroad in Argentina where I learned so much about myself, Argentine culture, the Spanish language, and stepped outside of my comfort zone every day. My internship at CHARISM, on the other hand, was great because it was so professionally defining. I gained experienced in a job situation and learned a lot about what kind of work I enjoy and what I'm good at. With my Fuel the Fire internship, I experienced how to plan and implement an event. I had to make decisions, lead different people, and manage many details.
Erica Bjelland '16
Global Studies–Development Studies 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.
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.
Lexi Robinson '15
Spanish and Global Studies Major
Both the global studies and Spanish departments have helped me. Spanish solidified my passion for the language. For the sustainability factor, the interdisciplinary courses through global studies have been monumental.
Dawit Endale Alemayehu '11
Faculty/Staff at International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa
Global Studies and Business 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
Co-founder and Researcher at Afrometrics; Ph.D. 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.