BA Global Studies

Explore the cultures, economics, institutions and social issues that shape our increasingly globalized world. You can be an agent of change as you travel domestically and abroad to address real-world challenges.

Program Description

The BA program in global studies examines the causes and consequences of problems that cross national boundaries and the governance of these problems in social, cultural and economic contexts.

The degree program aims to address real-world problems and their solutions. This mission is enabled by an internationally recognized faculty with extensive global experience from a wide variety of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and law. Global studies faculty members orient their work toward solving global problems by drawing on expertise in diverse disciplines.

The global studies program uses teaching, research and public policy activities to address some of the most challenging issues that include:

  • built environments
  • economic and social development
  • global cities and urbanization
  • global governance of health and climate change
  • justice and human rights
  • religious identities, rights and conflicts
  • world culture

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

A global studies degree prepares students for professional and graduate training, including in law, business and public policy, while providing broad foundational knowledge for future decision-making in government, business and policy entities.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


  • Growth: 16.4%
  • Median Salary*: $33,120
  Bright Outlook

Community Specialist

  • Growth: 13.2%
  • Median Salary*: $41,570
  Bright Outlook

Data Management Specialist

  • Growth: 9.3%
  • Median Salary*: $88,510

Database Administrator (DBA)

  • Growth: 11.5%
  • Median Salary*: $87,020
  Bright Outlook

Emergency Manager

  • Growth: 7.7%
  • Median Salary*: $72,760

Field Researcher

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: $54,270

Green Marketer

  • Growth: 5.5%
  • Median Salary*: $106,130
Green Occupation

Human Behavior Researcher

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: $46,000

Intelligence Officer

  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: $79,970

Political Analyst

  • Growth: 2.8%
  • Median Salary*: $115,110

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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