Global Studies

global studies

If you minor in Global Studies at Saint Michael's, you will be offered the chance to take courses in a variety of disciplines that investigate aspects of globalization including political science, economics, journalism, geography, sociology and anthropology, linguistics, and history.

You will take Foundations of Global Studies along with a chosen set of electives that will help you develop an understanding of the impact of technologies on cultural, political, geographical, and economic systems worldwide. You will also acquire an understanding of communities through learning what creates, builds (and rebuilds), sustains, threatens and destroys communities of all types and sizes.

Courses in journalism, sociology and political science, for instance, will provide you with opportunities to develop a heightened awareness of media systems and communication models as well as a deepened understanding of the social, political and economic processes and institutions.

Courses in languages, linguistics, anthropology and history, for example, will provide the opportunity for you to become sensitive, informed global communicators, to explore the conflicting as well as complementary relationships between language, culture and community as they encounter the pressures of globalization. 

Jeffrey Ayres, PhD

Professor of Political Science
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B.A. University of Virginia
M.A. and Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Expertise:

Globalization, Global and Regional Governance, International Relations, Social Movements and Contentious Politics, Canadian and North American Politics

Courses I Teach:

  • Globalization and Resistance
  • Global Governance
  • Global Problems
  • International Relations
  • Politics of the World Economy
  • Social Movements and Contentious Politics
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

Michael Bosia, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science
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M.A., Ph.D. Northwestern University
B.A. California State University, Sacramento
Fellow, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

Courses I Teach

Democratic Transitions
Film and Politics
France and Empire
Introduction to Comparative Politics
State Violence and Justice
The Politics of Food
Comparative European Politics
Comparative Politics of Oppression
First Year Seminar on Race, Gender and Sexuality

My Saint Michael's

Before starting doctoral studies, I was a staff director in the California State Senate working with communities affected by HIV/AIDS, one of a handful of out LGBT staffers in the state capitol at the time.  This experience inspired my research on politics between global and local, including activism on race, gender, and sexuality, questions of marginalization and citizenship, and processes of community building and participation.  I look at these in terms of economic change, in responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, in the new politics of food, and in local and transnational organizing against a wave of what I call “state homophobia.”  My research and teaching also focus on economic justice, democratic practice, and state violence and human rights – by exploring the ethical in the political.  While I pay attention to the key concepts and theories in comparative politics, I ask students and colleagues to think about the moral framework that informs politics and the ethical consequences of choices made within such frameworks.

I have conducted field research in France, Uganda, and Egypt, and travelled to India, Ecuador, Argentina, Spain, and Cuba as part of my educational responsibilities.  I am active in both the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association, having served as Program Chair and President of the Organized Section on Sexuality and Politics and Program Chair of New Political Science at APSA, and in various capacities with the LGBTQA Caucus of ISA.  At Saint Michael's, I have worked with faculty, staff, and students to bring speakers to campus addressing human rights, LGBT politics, gender identity, international development, food politics, political violence, and democratic process in important contexts around the world.  I am currently co-adviser for Common Ground, our LGBTQI and Ally student organization.

Prior to moving to the Burlington area, I lived in the rural Northeast Kingdom, where I was a co-founder of Claire’s Restaurant and Bar, an innovative localvore and community supported restaurant.  


Patricia Delaney, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Saint Edmund's Hall 246
Box 386
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M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. Georgetown University

Areas of Expertise:

Gender and international development; war, conflict, and the contestation of cultural identity; relief to development continuum; poverty and stratification in the global south; grassroots development and participatory approaches; East Timor; Lusophone Africa 

Courses I Teach:

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Gender
  • Gender and International Development
  • Introductory Anthropology
  • Participatory Action Research
  • People and Cultures of the Lusuphone World
  • Life Histories

Jon Hyde, PhD

Associate Professor of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts; Director, Global Studies Program

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Box 284
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M.A., Ph.D. New York University
B.A. Carleton College

Fulbright Senior Research/Teaching Fellow: University of Malaysia, Borneo
Co-Director of the Center for Media, Health, and Wellness
Co-Founder/Director Global Studies Program 
Technology & Instructional Design Coordination – SMC and NYU
Bhutan Media Education Initiative SMC and the Centre for Media and Democracy

Areas of Expertise

  • Photography, Film and Television:  Creative Production, Storytelling and Critical Analysis
  • Screen Lives: Smartphones, Netflix, YouTube and the Global Impact of Screen-based and Streaming Media. 
  • The New (R)Evolutions in Documentary Filmmaking: International Economics, Analytics, Collaborations
  • Global Media and International Communication Systems: Culture, Identity, Economics and Development
  • Media and Health: The Social and Psychological Impact of Modern Media (Children-Teens-Adults-Elderly)  
  • Environmental and Adventure Photography and Filmmaking: Nature, Science, Conservation
  • New Technologies: Art, Design, Interface, Impact

Courses I Teach:

  • Introduction to Digital Film:  Analysis, Storytelling, and Production
  • Advanced Documentary Filmmaking: From Script to Screen
  • Global Communications and Culture: International Media Systems and Globalization
  • Senior Seminar Research and Project Development
  • Senior Capstone Seminar:  Documentary Film, TV, and Web Production
  • Adventure and Environmental Filmmaking: Nature, Science, Conservation and Health
  • World Film, Video, and Television: International Industries, Economics, and Representations
  • ScreenLife: Modern Visual, Streaming, and Mobile Media
  • International Media Field Research Projects: Bhutan, Brazil, Greece, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Israel, Egypt, Ireland

Additionally, I’ve also served as a graduate thesis advisor for research in the areas of film and television, global media, media education, media literacy, emergent media, and the social and political impact of communication systems.  

Professional Experiences:

Prior to teaching at Saint Michael's, I worked in New York City as a journalist, digital animator, and a media developer at the Media Workshop New York, a non-profit organization devoted to issues of media education and media literacy.

Katherine Kirby, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Global Studies
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Saint Edmund's Hall 233
Box 368
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M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Fordham University
B.A. Salisbury State University

Areas of Expertise:

Ethics (including the philosophical ethics tradition, metaethics, applied ethics); Emmanuel Levinas (French postmodern ethicist); Continental Philosophy; Global Studies

Courses I Teach:

  • Ethics
  • Ethics of the Heroic
  • First-Year Seminar: Global Studies
  • Foundations of Global Studies
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Otherness and Marginalization: Levinas and the Alienated
  • Truth and Propaganda: Ethics and the Media

My Saint Michael's:

I've become a huge proponent of service-learning courses, wherein there is practical engagement with the community that breathes a certain life into the texts we read and discuss. I find that service-learning opportunities set the stage for a close philosophical (phenomenological) exploration of our lived experiences, especially in courses that challenge students to think about ethical or moral responsibility and engagement.

Richard Kujawa, PhD

Professor of Geography, Department of Environmental Studies and Science Chair

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Saint Edmund's Hall 359
Box 144
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M.A., Ph.D. University of Iowa
B.Sc. Brunel University, London

Courses I Teach:

  • Place and Placelessness (First Year Seminar)
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • The Geography of Water
  • Environmental Policy
  • Community and Environmental Planning

My Saint Michael's:

In my classes, advising and in the human geography program, one-on-one contact is encouraged. I encourage students to present their findings to external audiences and professional conferences. I help students with graduate school applications (especially those in Urban and Regional Planning). In the past few years, I have helped Saint Michael's graduates successfully apply to Cornell, Rutgers, SUNY-Albany, Kansas State University, the University of Iowa and several others. I also have some connections for internships in the local area.

Hands down, my favorite thing about this college is the class sizes. At Saint Mike's I am able to shorten the distance between my role as faculty member and expert, and my role as motivator and mentor. I see part of my job as a salesperson for the power of intellectual growth and lifelong learning. I work hard each and every day to make the sale!

Adrie Kusserow, PhD

Professor of Anthropology

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Saint Edmund's Hall 237
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Ph.D. Harvard University (Anthropology)
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School (Tibetan Buddhism)
B.A. Amherst College, Phi Beta Kappa

Areas of Expertise:

Medical and Psychiatric Anthropology, Refugees, Globalization and Poverty, Modern Day Slavery, Anthropology of Refugees, Anthropology of Religion, Social Class in America, Anthropology of Global Media

Courses I Teach:

  • Culture Illness and Healing
  • Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Refugees
  • Social Inequalities


I am a cultural anthropologist with special interests in refugees, social inequalities, poverty, anthropology of religion, culture, illness and healing, social class, ethnographic poetry and anthropology of the child. I strongly encourage both service work and community engaged learning to be an integral part of my anthropology classes. I am also a strong proponent of study abroad and have taken students to Sudan, Uganda and Bhutan.

Robert Letovsky, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

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Jeanmarie Hall 149G
Box 273
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Ph.D. Concordia University
M.B.A. University of Toronto
B.Comm. McGill University

Areas of Expertise:

Case development focused on organizational strategy, business/government relations and sustainability.

Courses I Teach:

  • Managerial Ethics
  • Business Policy & Strategic Management
  • Organizational Problem Solving
  • Marketing

My favorite class to teach is Managerial Ethics. It is the first required course in the BU major, and it really gets students to step outside of their comfort zone. While there is a core theory that has to be addressed, the course is set up so that we can explore issues that are current in the business world. For example, this Fall semester, the overall theme of the semester-long team research project is the ethical dilemma(s) posed by the adoption of new technologies in business. We will be examining data mining, drones, robots, self-driving vehicles and artificial intelligence. The course also puts students into situations where ethical reasoning comes into play. I typically use a computer simulation to give students a hands-on experience as a manager in a series of hypothetical situations where they must make decisions which are sound not only financially but ethically.

Carolyn Lukens-Olson, PhD

Professor of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature: Spanish

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Klein Hall 103
Box 305
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Ph.D., M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. Ohio University

Tara Natarajan, PhD

Professor of Economics | Chair, Department of Economics

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Saint Edmund's Hall 355
Box 234
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Ph.D. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
M.A. University of Bombay (Mumbai), India
B.A. Sophia College, Bombay (Mumbai), India

Areas of Expertise:

Theoretical Research: 1) Economic Thought: Theory &Philosophy, Methodologies & Practice; 2) Pluralism in Economics
Applied Research: 1) International Development & Poverty Studies; 2) Globalization, Institutions & Development Transformation

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Courses I Teach:

  • Economics of Development and Poverty
  • Economic Thought and Policy
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics (regular terms and summer sessions)
  • Senior Seminar
  • World Economies

My Saint Michael's:

I joined the college as a faculty member in 2001. Over the years I have realized that, the connection I develop with students, really matters to me. We first get to know each other in class, where I combine conversation and lecture along with spontaneous “call and response” modes of interaction. Our college engenders mentoring as an ethos which when combined with manageable class sizes, makes it possible for me to connect with students during extended sessions in my office to help and reinforce their understanding of the material. These interactions also provide the conversational space not only to explore a variety of topics related their career and academic interests but also lighter conversations about music and food for example. As a teacher, advisor and mentor in a residential liberal arts college, I am able to develop an ongoing relationship with many of my students, mentees and advisees during their four year college career which often continues after they have graduated.The kind of personal investment we make in each one of our students is a mutually reinforcing process between students, faculty and all those connected with them in a variety of capacities outside of classes. These relationships create our evolving institutional ethos and collective values at the college.

As a social scientist, specifically an economist, I understand the world as a social construct. The economy is socially, philosophically and culturally embedded, simultaneously shaping and shaped by values, through historical time and by events. The economy is alterable, evolving, and most importantly complex. My commitment to scholarship, teaching, and service are articulations of how I understand and live in the world. These three aspects of an academics avocation, for me are expressions of living both consciously and conscientiously.

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Reza Ramazani, PhD

Professor of Economics

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Saint Edmund's Hall 357
Box 133
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M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. Ghazvin College of Economics, Iran

Areas of Expertise:

  1. International Trade
  2. International Finance
  3. International Macroeconomics
  4. Environmental Economics

Courses I Teach:

  • Environmental Economics
  • International Economics
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Senior Seminar
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics

Patricia Siplon, PhD

Professor of Political Science
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Saint Edmund's Hall 347
Box 372
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Ph.D. Brandeis University
B.S., M.S. Utah State University

Areas of Expertise:

HIV/AIDS; health policy in developing countries; U.S. domestic and international health policy and foreign aid policy; sub-Saharan Africa (particularly Tanzania). : I am a long-time AIDS scholar and activist and I am the faculty adviser to Saint Michael's chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC).

Courses I Teach:

  • Introduction to American National Politics
  • Research Methods
  • Global Politics of the AIDS Pandemic
  • First Year Seminar: Global Studies
  • Intro to Public Policy; HIV/AIDS in East Africa
  • Parties, Elections and Political Participation
  • Senior Seminar: African Politics
  • US Health Policy

My Saint Michael's:

People here take the mission of the college seriously. We sometimes debate the meaning of the mission, but even that suggests to me that we care about what it means and how we make it come to life on campus. Saint Michael's College has been very supportive of my attempts to integrate my teaching, scholarship and service into everything I do. I feel like I have the opportunity to build on the great work of others who have been here longer than me and who have been working on social justice in and outside of the classroom for many years. I also appreciate the chance to work intensively with students who are interested in going beyond the material taught in a class to do service and experiential learning, as well as research and advocacy work.

I like to think that many of the students in my classes and in political science generally are there because they want to help improve the world, and they're interested in learning the tools for doing that. I appreciate that so many of them are open to new ideas and growth opportunities while they are here.

My favorite course to teach is PO 351-- Politics of the Global AIDS Pandemic. This course lets me combine my strongest interests as a teacher, a researcher and an activist. It draws students from all kinds of majors, and gives us all an opportunity to have an extended, semester-long conversation about a critical global problem, and what we plan to do about it.

I think that both PO 351-- Global Politics of AIDS and PO 352-- HIV/AIDS in East Africa are pretty unique opportunities for students. Both allow students to look at a very important issue in depth, and both give students opportunities to put their knowledge into action through advocacy and service learning. PO 351 is a prerequisite for PO 352, which actually takes students to East Africa for a 2-3 week period. I have also done many independent study and independent research projects with students who got interested through these classes and wanted to keep going.

Lorrie Smith, PhD

Professor of English and American Studies
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Saint Edmund's Hall 337
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M.A., Ph.D. Brown University
B.A. University of Massachusetts-Boston

Areas of Expertise:

African American literature, especially poetry

Courses I Teach:

  • African American Literature
  • American Literature I and II
  • First-Year Seminar on Race and Culture
  • Genres: Poetry; Senior Seminar on various topics (latest: Literature and the Blues)
  • The Middle Passage (Transatlantic Slave Trade in History, Memory, and Imagination)

My Saint Michael's:

My classes offer the opportunity to engage students in discussions of race, racism, African American literature and history. I have worked hard to develop strategies for safely approaching what can often be loaded material that challenges students' comfort zones. I often incorporate experiences that combine classroom study with activities in the community. This includes overnight field trips to Charlestown, Massachusetts with my First-Year Seminar course and a three-week service-learning program in Ghana with students from my Middle Passage class. Through these cross-cultural encounters, students have a chance to examine and enlarge their own perspectives. I am also a faculty member in the college’s American Studies program.

There is a real commitment here to teach the whole student. I enjoy having a chance to shape hungry young minds and develop personal relationships with students. Saint Michael's students have open minds and good hearts. They are very empathetic, kind, and friendly, and many are interested in finding ways to connect what they learn in classes to the larger world. They also have a strong desire to contribute to the community through service. My favorite class to teach is African-American Literature and The Middle Passage, because it's a chance to introduce our students to a tradition they know little about, and to push their comfort zones.

Kimberly Sultze, PhD

Associate Professor of Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts

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Saint Edmund's Hall 135
Box 284
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Ph.D.  New York University 
M.A.  New York University
B.A.  Carleton College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Dr. Kimberly Sultze is a wildlife photographer, media educator, and specialist in interdisciplinary curriculum design.  In 2014, she received a Fulbright Scholar Award for photographic work in Borneo, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
Her courses involve the innovative use of digital media technologies, creative cross-disciplinary approaches, and place-based education utilizing natural areas as classrooms.  At St. Michael’s, she teaches courses in visual media, environmental studies, creative writing, and the social and cultural impacts of new media technologies.
Dr. Sultze’s environmental photography, which she does in collaboration with her husband Dr. Jon Hyde, has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the BioPhoto Festival in Italy, the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece, the UNIMAS Gallery of Fine Art in Borneo, Malaysia, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, the New York Center for Photographic Arts, and the 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles.  Her work has been published by scientific and conservation organizations including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the Audubon Society.  She has photographed in Central America, South America, Asia, South East Asia, Canada, and the 50 United States.   
Since her arrival at St. Michael’s 20 years ago, Dr. Sultze has secured grants for interdisciplinary curriculum development from the U.S. Department of Education and the Knight Foundation and served as Head of the Visual Communication Division of the AEJMC.  She has taken her passion for curriculum design and pedagogy into service as an external curriculum reviewer and also as a consultant on the design of digital media teaching laboratory spaces.  At St. Michael’s, she has chaired the Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts department, chaired the College’s Faculty Development Committee and served on its Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee.  
Because of her deep commitment to international education and the visual arts, she collaborated with the Office of Study Abroad to create the Global Eyes Study Abroad Photography annual competition and calendar (now in its 20th year).  She is currently putting her skills to work pursuing the creation of the Center for Media, Health and Wellness at SMC.  

Courses I Teach:

  • Digital Media and New Technologies: Art, Culture, Theory
  • Digital Media 2: Advanced Graphic Design
  • Digital Photography 
  • Nature & Outdoor Writing: Wildlife, Science, and the Environment
  • Study Abroad Re-entry: Travel Writing & the International Experience
  • First Year Seminar: Living Digital
  • Senior Interdisciplinary Research Proposal Seminar, Media Studies and Digital Arts 
  • Media Studies and Digital Arts Senior Seminar


Elizabeth O'Dowd, PhD

Professor of Applied Linguistics/TESOL, Emeritus

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Saint Edmund's Hall 122
Box 253
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M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A. New Mexico State University
B.A. University of Lancaster, England

Elizabeth O’Dowd is a professor in the Applied Linguistics Department and Director of TESOL Programs. Her PhD in Linguistics comes from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She has taught English to speakers of other languages for many years in a variety of settings ranging from K-12 to farm workers to higher education. Before coming to SMC, she lived and taught in England, the Spanish Basque Country, and the Southwest U.S.   She has also presented or provided teacher-training workshops in many countries around the world. Her research interests are functional grammar, academic reading and writing, and World English. She is author of Prepositions and Particles in English: A Discourse-Functional Account with Oxford University Press, and co-author of a textbook, Grammar Links 2, with Houghton-Mifflin. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, most recently including ‘Tackling text types through grammar’ for the journal Writing and Pedagogy, forthcoming in Winter 2017.

Areas of Expertise:

Teaching English to speakers of other languages; English grammar and discourse structure; World English

Courses Taught include:

  • Bilingualism and Multicultural Education
  • English Grammar
  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics

My Saint Michael's:

Saint Michael's is a small enough community that you know most people you see when you cross campus. But it's large enough that we have a great variety of research interests and expertise, as well as the opportunity to hook up for cross-disciplinary work. The faith-based tradition allows faculty and students to explore moral issues and clarify their values more holistically than you would find at a public academic institution.

My students seem the most inspired when they are learning how different languages work - for example, how the same "word" said with different tones in Chinese or Vietnamese might mean five completely different things; or learning about "mystery" languages like Basque, which has no known relatives and is nothing like its neighboring languages, French and Spanish.

What I like most about Saint Michael’s students is their commitment to service - at least 70 percent of them do some kind of outreach either through their coursework or voluntarily - and their close solidarity with each other.

Since the Applied Linguistics Department deals with teaching English as a second or international language, it is the best place to make friends with international students, whether graduate, undergraduate, or short-stay intensive English students. Because we're also a receiving center for Fulbright scholarships, some of our students come from countries that rarely send visitors to the U.S. - for example, Niger, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Iraq, Rwanda, Palestine, and Turkmenistan, to name a few.

As a Global Studies minor, you will be able to gain deepened perspectives on global issues through international study or service-learning opportunities linked to global peace and justice issues.

Many of our minors study abroad in places like France, China, and Uganda, and are a part of Saint Michael's Peace and Justice Club that holds events on and off campus to raise awareness about global issues. One example of such an event happens ever semester as members of the club hold coffee hours at 2:00 am for the night-shift custodians to call attention to the issue of livable wages. 

And because Global Studies deals with worldwide issues, you will also be able to enhance your proficiency in a second language taking classes in a foreign language or linguistics. 

Many of our students who minor in Global Studies often enter the political field or pursue an advanced degree in Law or International Affairs. Some students also decide to enter into the non-profit and service sectors, working with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps.

A minor in Global Studies will provide you with a solid background in the vocabulary and theory of globalization as well as a forum for discussion of such issues all of which are skills that prove valuable in political, diplomatic, and non-profit career fields. 

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