​​​​​​​​​We are all citizens of a global community. Trade, telecommunications, migrations, languages, music, politics and scores of other ties link distant places ever more tightly. The 21st Century provides opportunities for those who are prepared for this global arena.

Each of us belongs to several diverse communities whether at work, at school, at home or at leisure. In the decades ahead we will interact with even more people as our society becomes more complex. The range of cultural diversity in American society and the world beyond demands that people in an ever-growing range of careers possess the knowledge, understanding, intercultural sensitivity, and analytical tools to perform effectively.

The Cultural and Global Studies curriculum draws from disciplines across the University to give students the knowledge and the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to understand our complex and rapidly changing world.

Major, Minor & Certificates

The program offers a major and minor intended to equip students with a broad understanding of the contemporary global context and its implications for human experience and action. It will help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of at least one culture other than their own, and will also equip students with critical tools in analysis, criticism, and communication that they can use to assess and navigate cultural differences. 

Both the major and the minor require students to choose among​ several certificate programs aimed at providing a study in depth of a particular cultural or global area. The Cultural and Global Studies certificates range from 16-18 credit hours and ​can also complement other majors across the university.



Certificate Programs/Areas of Study


Career opportunities
Upon graduation, numerous career opportunities can be enhanced by the cultural and global studies program, including:

  • Academia and Think Tanks
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Finance
  • Foreign Service
  • Health Care Professional
  • Homeland Security
  • International Business
  • International Law
  • Journalism
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Peace Corps
  • Social Worker
  • State Department

The cultural and global studies program also is an ​excellent preparation for graduate studies in many fields.

Residential College

The College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Public Service and Global Citizenship offer a residential college for international and domestic students who are passionate about cultural exchange and global experiences.​

>>Visit the Cultural and Global Residential College​ website

Contact information
Dr. Laura L. Cochrane
Director, Cultural and Global Studies
School of Public Service and Global Citizenship
College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anspach Hall 142
Email: cochr1ll@cmich.edu
Telephone: 989-774-3822
Fax: 989-774-7335

Christine Joyner-Berthume
Administrative Secretary
School of Public Service and Global Citizenship
College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anspach Hall 106
Email: SPSGC@cmich.edu
Telephone:  989-774-3822
Fax: 989-774-7106​​