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Global Studies

College of Arts and Letters 

For More Information

Dr. Madeleine Hooper, Associate Dean and Global Studies Coordinator
College of Arts and Letters
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-4984
Fax: 417-836-4637
Email: mkernen@missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

The global studies degree at Missouri State University is a liberal arts program that focuses on:

  • developing a thorough understanding of languages and our global community
  • helping you build your research and problem solving skills
  • helping you develop a broad perspective on issues facing the world

Students with a thorough knowledge of global affairs combined with their language skills can seek out job opportunities in the following areas:

  • Federal government (CIA, FBI, State Department)
  • International governmental organizations (United Nations, IMF, World Bank)
  • Multinational businesses
  • International non-governmental organizations (Red Cross, Amnesty International, environmental organizations, humanitarian organizations)
  • Peace Corps
  • International media organizations
  • Interpreting and translation services/schools

Students can also increase their marketability by pursuing a master's degree like the Master in Global Studies or the Master of Science in Administrative Studies which can open up career paths in the above mentioned areas.

Academic Program

The Global Studies Major consists of 45-51 hours (depending on the student’s proficiency in one modern foreign language) that includes a 15-hour core requirement, 18 hours of a foreign language, 15 hours in a focus area (Language and Culture, Business and Economics, or Politics and Society), and 15 hours in regional studies: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East.

The Global Studies Major requires a minor—up to 9 hours may count towards both the major and a minor.

As a Bachelor of Arts degree, HIST 103 and 104, a Philosophy courses, and six hours of fine arts are required.


Courses in the Global Studies Major are taught by faculty from several colleges: College or Arts and Letters, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, College of Natural Sciences, College of Business Administration.

Special Opportunities

The Study Away Office offers numerous opportunities many of them linked to internships and service learning credit. This program has an ideal set-up to maximize transfer credits from abroad. We also encourage students to participate in international organizations and programs (ex.: international student organization, the model UN).