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.
Cultural and Global Studies Major
Undergraduate Certificate Application
Certificate Programs/Areas of Study
Upon graduation, numerous career opportunities can be enhanced by the cultural and global studies program, including:
- Academia and Think Tanks
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Foreign Service
- Health Care Professional
- Homeland Security
- International Business
- International Law
- 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.
Maria del Pilar Chouza-Calo
Director, Cultural and Global Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Campus Address: Pearce Hall, Room 311
Phone: (989) 774-3786
The Cultural and Global Studies Paper Award will be given to students through an annual undergraduate paper prize. Students must have a Cultural and Global Studies (CGL) signed major, minor or certificate to apply. Papers must be research-oriented and related to the area of the students' signed CGL certificate, must critically discuss some of the key or central ideas of the field, be at least 2500 words in length, and have a faculty sponsor who is a CGL certificate advisor. The Award is intended to help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of at least one culture other than their own, and equip students with critical tools in analysis, criticism, and communication that they can use to assess and navigate cultural differences. Furthermore, it is the hope this knowledge will result in a greater understanding and tolerance of the lifestyles and beliefs of others.
Deadline: May 14, 2021
Award Amount: $250 applied to student account
The CGL Paper Prize application form will be available in 2022.
Send application to