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What Can I Do With A Major In Globalization Studies?

The Globalization Studies major emphasizes transnational and cross-national interconnections and interdependence, and requires students to gain knowledge of the United States in relation to other regions of the world. The goal is to ensure that majors in this field adopt a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to their studies, while at the same time developing abilities grounded in concrete academic skills and experiences.

This combination will prepare students for a broad range of career paths in business, non-profits, government, education, the media, international organizations, international development agencies, and the U.S. foreign service. Intercultural skills and knowledge of global issues are crucial to success in many professions. Examples of applications include:  the promotion of international trade, investment and tourism; the management of social development programs for international migrants and refugees; research on the social and environmental impacts of major transnational investment projects; and, the design and management of programs to protect local economies, cultures and ecosystems from the negative impacts of globalization.

The undergraduate major also provides a solid foundation for graduate study (see: link to Graduate Studies at UAlbany) in a variety of disciplines, those that emphasize professional training (such as public policy, social welfare, criminal justice, business, education, law, health, and planning), as well as employment in a wide variety of public, non-profit/civil society, and private sector careers.

Globalization Studies majors are encouraged, though not required, to Study Abroad (see: link to International Education at UAlbany) as part of their undergraduate education at the University at Albany. Pertinent courses taken during study abroad will be evaluated to determine whether they are appropriate in level and content to be deemed equivalent to courses listed in the Globalization Studies curriculum.