Global and International Studies

Global and International Studies BS
The Global and International Studies (GLIS) program is devoted to understanding human cultures and societies as bounded by “one world”. The GLIS program emphasizes developing a global perspective through scholarly study, research, international communication, and experience abroad. The GLIS program brings together expertise from the humanities and social sciences for an interdisciplinary approach to the global problems facing us today.
Degree Types: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Minor

Degree Options

  • Business
  • Political Science
  • Foreign Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Comparative Literature
  • Health Fields
  • Physical Sciences

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You are concerned about global problems that face everyone and cannot be explained by a single discipline or approach. Our majors and minors are engaged in thinking about the issues of planetary concern from Humanities and Social Science perspectives. If you think laws, economics, social statistics, history, and culture of importance in solving problems like war, starvation, mass migration, and climate change, think about GLIS.


  • Human Rights
  • Culture and Identity
  • Global Conflict
  • Wealth and Inequality
  • Health and Environment

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

  • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • IBM
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Altria
  • New York Life Insurance Company
South Africa
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Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Law School
  • Graduate school to study classical studies, ethics, peace, human rights, integrated product design, international relations, sociology, and nursing
Business Administration, Education, Legal, Management, Marketing, Sales, Service (Teach for America)

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This program is housed in the School of Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
 at Penn State University Park.
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