Global studies prepares you to understand and engage with our complex, interconnected world by combining perspectives from the arts, languages, literature, politics, economics, religion, history, and more.

Selecting one of the program’s four tracks— Nations & Identities, Global Cities, Arts & Exchange, or Human Security— starts you on the path to individualized study. No matter which track you choose, you’ll learn not only to talk the talk with a special focus on language study and cultural competency, but also to walk the walk through careful analysis of global issues.

Discover the varied curriculum of the global studies program.

Learn more about the different tracks that comprise the global studies major and its specialized tracks.

Interdisciplinary perspectives enhance the global studies program.

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The world is waiting

Each global studies student is required to have a global experience, which is typically fulfilled through off-campus experiences near and far.

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Global Studies Tracks

Learn about the specialized tracks within the Global Studies major. 

The Chandler Senior Experience

In your senior year of the major, your peers from all tracks come together to revisit important theoretical issues. You will complete a portfolio showcasing your work in the major and present it to fellow seniors and program faculty. 

Recent Senior Experience projects include:

  • Sound studies, the aural border, crying children, and the media of justice globalism: four calls to listen
  • Dressing the World: From Fast Fashion to Secondhand Fashion
  • Kazakh National Identity and Stalin’s First Five-Year Plan: What Happened?
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Global Studies Outcomes

The nature of global studies requires constant adaptation to the changing world around us, building a strong and versatile foundation for students hoping to find careers or advanced study in fields impacted by globalization.

On Any Given Day... an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.


Unbagging First-Year Studies

Martyn Smith, director of First-Year Studies, unbags the 10 works being used in First-Year Studies during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Music of the Middle East

Get an introduction to the main aspects of Arab, Turkish, and Persian art, folk, and popular music. Become familiar with Middle Eastern tuning systems, rhythmic patterns, formal structures, and performance practices. We will also look at the role of music in society in these regions as well as among diasporic populations, and explore connections of music to other areas of social, religious, and political life.

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