Global Studies Major

Where a background in global studies can take you.

Majoring or minoring in global studies is first and foremost about getting ready for success in our interconnected world. It’s about effective communication and broad cultural understanding. There are many career paths open to global studies majors, as businesses, governments, and non-profits work to become better global citizens.

Typically graduates pursue careers as:

  • Environmental engineers
  • Financials analysts
  • Geographers
  • Human resource specialists
  • Health educators & community health workers
  • Management analyst
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Public relations specialists


According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 22,900 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S BLS)

Putting global studies to work.

Global studies majors often find rewarding careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • civil service
  • government/diplomacy
  • law enforcement
  • journalism
  • education
  • international business
  • marketing
  • public affairs
  • social work

Hartwick is the only college in New York State that offers a Peace Corps Preparatory Program and one of only a few dozen programs nationwide. In this program, you’ll develop skills and gain experiences that will make you more competitive when applying to volunteer with the Peace Corps or for positions with international development organizations.

Beyond the basics.

We’re committed to hands-on learning at Hartwick, because we know the most important lessons are often learned outside the classroom. For global studies majors and minors, this means getting off campus, sometimes very far off campus. You’ll travel the world, learning about other cultures first-hand. You’ll gain experience with the people of the world, their homes, and their lives.

A closer look.

Being a Hartwick global studies student means you’ll become fluent in different perspectives on global issues. You’ll recognize and know how to respond to connections between local and global events. You’ll become a global problem solver, committed to promoting understanding between cultures and to making a difference at home and abroad.

Meet the global studies faculty.

Karina Walker
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Areas of expertise:
Spanish peninsular literature: baroque, twentieth, and twenty-first-century narrative, poetry, and film. Spanish cultural studies, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, translation and interpretation.
Mark Wolff
Professor of French and Modern Languages Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Areas of expertise:
Nineteenth-Century French novel, Oulipo, digital humanities.

Learn more.

For specific inquiries, contact Associate Professor of French Mark Wolff at 607-431-4615 or

View the Curricular Requirements (PDF)

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