Global and Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Major
Global and Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in the relationship between cultural forms, everyday life and structures of power in a global context.
You can tailor the program to focus on a particular concentration and earn a minor in a specific language.
- Take core interdisciplinary classes (GCST 201 and GCST 301)
- Choose a concentration: Europe, Human Geography, or Latin America. (More coming!)
- Earn a minor in a language (Spanish, French, German, or Critical Languages).
- Travel abroad or participate in an internship.
Objectives and Curriculum
As a Samford University Global & Cultural Studies student, you will become fluent in different perspectives on global issues. You will recognize the connections between local and global events and know how to respond to them. You will become a global problem solver, committed to promoting understanding between cultures and to making a difference at home and abroad. This interdisciplinary program invites you to reach across disciplines and learn from a wide array of approaches and methods as you prepare to enter our globalized world.
The Global & Cultural Studies curriculum offers a foundation in global topics and approaches through two introductory courses on world history and interdisciplinary methods. These courses prepare you to specialize in several concentrations: Latin America, Middle East, Europe, and Human Geography. Within this framework, the concentrations allow you to select a specialized program of study and choose from a set of concentration-specific electives, culminating in a research-based and writing-intensive capstone seminar. Each track offers many elective options, with new courses added each year. You will work closely with faculty mentors to select the best options for your intended career path.
Is This Program for Me?
The Global and Cultural Studies major is well suited for people who are critical thinkers who also love learning about different cultures. In addition to being flexible and adaptable, candidates should be self-motivated and communicate well.
The Global and Cultural Studies major is an obvious choice for students aiming specifically for an international career in government, business, or the non-profit sector. Its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature will provide an appropriate foundation for work or graduate study in any field affected by global change.
What Makes Us Different?
We’re committed to hands-on learning at Samford University because we know the most important lessons are often learned outside the classroom. For Global & Cultural Studies majors and minors, this means getting off campus—sometimes very far off campus. You will have the opportunity to travel the world, learning about other cultures first-hand. These study abroad experiences allow you to become personally acquainted with people around the world, their histories, their cultures, and their lives.
You will also benefit from small class sizes, mentoring, a learning community, scholarship opportunities and concentration options to help you tailor your education to fit your career goals.
Global and Cultural Studies equips students with the research and critical thinking skills that can be employed in a variety of professions. In particular, students learn to assess and solve problems by taking a comparative approach and accounting for multiple perspectives. This approach is invaluable to work in law, politics, nonprofit and business administration, journalism, and vocational missions. Training in complex global processes gives students a particular understanding of the importance of remaining adaptable and teachable—skills that continue to serve them professionally as they enter a job market that globalization will shape throughout their professional lives.
Global Studies is an attractive major for students who want to pursue a variety of post-graduate options both in the United States and abroad. Alumni have left Samford for careers and fellowships in law, international development, journalism, business, teaching, and government. The major allows students to study the development of culture broadly and the emphasis on language acquisition assists graduates in finding interesting and diverse job opportunities. Our alumni are successful professionals and engage global issues creatively on local, national, and international levels in a wide variety of fields, including:
Missions and ministry
Lifeline Children's Services, The Dance Foundation, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, Maxwell Law Firm
Accolades, Alumni & Faculty
Business, Law, Journalism, Education, Government, Non-Profits, Missionary