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Bachelor of Arts

Interdisciplinary Studies - Globalization Studies

Program of Study


Core Courses

  • Perspectives on Globalization
  • World Cities: Geographies of Globalization
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Globalization
  • One course in economic processes
  • One course in political, cultural, and social processes
  • One course in environmental analysis

Global Perspectives Courses

Three upper-level courses in two or more of the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Health
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Regional Studies Courses

One course in each of two of the following regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia and the Middle East
  • Europe and North America
  • Latin America and the Caribbean

Capstone Experience

Research Projects in Globalization Studies

Language Requirement (choose one of two)

Three foreign language courses (can include study abroad language courses) or a proficiency exam graded B or better that demonstrates speaking, reading, and writing abilities equivalent to two semesters of intermediate foreign language instruction.



Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

To enhance your job prospects after graduation, add a minor in geographic information systems to your resume. The minor provides you with hands-on training in GIS and spatial data collection, visualization, and analysis, and teaches you how to approach problems related to resource management, agriculture and forestry, urban planning, land use mapping, market research, and social inequality. Coursework includes topics in cartography, interactive mapping, remote sensing, and computer graphics.

See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

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Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. 

Combine your Globalization Studies degree with the MS in Information Science program. This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Paths

The globalization studies concentration is ideal for adventurous, curious students who want to travel abroad and work with people from different backgrounds in corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. 

Majoring in globalizations studies also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in fields such as public policy, social welfare, criminal justice, business, education, law, public health, and regional planning.



Sample job titles:

  • Foreign Language Interpreter
  • Regional Market Researcher
  • Disaster Assistance Administrator
  • NGO Program Evaluator
  • Political Affairs Officer
  • Gender Equality Consultant
  • Urban Policy Analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Foreign Relations Specialist
  • Humanitarian Relief Manager
  • Foreign Service Diplomatic Courier
  • Global News Journalist
  • Director of Tourism 
  • Program Manager, International Development
  • Travel Writer

“This program can open a lot of doors for you. I landed a job immediately out of college working with C.H. Robinson, a logistics company based in Minnesota. After a few months, I joined the Peace Corps and am now serving as an English teacher in Mongolia for 27 months."

-Jacob Lindenauer, '17

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Develop a basic understanding of the social, economic, cultural, political and environmental forces that are reshaping the lives of peoples and nations around the world
  • Study, discuss and analyze a variety of major global issues and problems
  • Understand global interdependence and interconnectedness through the study of such topics as technological change, colonialism, national independence, international migration and trade, and the impact of major global conflicts
  • Understand and apply concepts of diversity and multiculturalism in a variety of different countries around the world
  • Possess at least a basic competency in a language other than English

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication (Fully Online Option)
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies (Fully Online Option)
  • Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • Documentary Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • English
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History (Fully Online Option)
  • Informatics (Fully Online Option)
  • Instrumental Performance
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism (Fully Online Option)
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Music
  • Musical Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology (Fully Online Option)
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology (Fully Online Option)
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Vocal Performance
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies