Global Studies

In the 21st century, every issue is global. Any decision, whether made by a government or a business, has potentially wide-ranging international impacts. We are interconnected, tangled and interdependent. The economy in southeast Wisconsin can be affected by events in Asia; the air we breathe by Canadian environmental regulations; and even our health by the appearance of a strange new micro-organism in the Tropics. The challenges seem larger than ever and the world smaller. Our global studies program helps students understand the complex relationships at work and become adept at finding solutions to challenging issues.

“My courses have prepared me for the interconnectedness of our world.”

— Hailey Von Dross '20

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About the Global Studies Major

Gain a Deeper Understanding of the World Beyond Our Borders

If subjects such as politics, international relations, policy making, sustainability or macroeconomics interest you, you’ll appreciate Carroll University’s interdisciplinary program. We combine courses in political science, economics, philosophy, history, religious studies, environmental science and public health. And you’ll select an emphasis that adds focus in economics, geopolitical issues or world regions. In the economics track, you can study micro- and macroeconomics, trade theory and international economics. In the issues track, you can narrow your focus to topics such as international conflict and security, sustainability or global health. And in the regional track, you can focus on challenges critical to specific regions of the world, such as Africa and Asia, and learn about the tension between developed and developing nations.

A Classroom Without Boundaries

At Carroll, the world truly is your classroom: you’ll have significant opportunities to travel, with semester-, summer- and even year-long study abroad programs. You’ll complement your studies by gaining valuable insights from other cultures and viewpoints. Internship options abound, with opportunities in local government offices and agencies, as well as non-profit organizations.

Global studies majors have been successful going on to graduate school or professional schools, or entering careers in a wide range of fields, including federal, state or local government, development work, lobbying, non-profit organizations, business, journalism and politics.

Emphases / Minor

Global studies majors are required to choose one of the following emphases. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in global studies that complements many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Wisconsin World Trade Center
  • Chicago World Affairs Council
  • Washington Center, Washington D.C.
  • Sierra Club of Wisconsin
  • Schools of Hope Program through AmeriCorps


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

Career Insight

“Carroll has offered me courses that changed my future.”
— Zachary Zarb '19

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