Global Studies

Global Studies

Degree requirements:

Global Studies, BA

Minor: Global Studies (GLST), Minor

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The Global Studies degree at OSU educates students on local and global topics while learning about contemporary cultures and working with people in diverse backgrounds. This degree offers four distinct emphasis for coursework: Culture, the Arts and Humanities; Geopolitical and Global Economy; or Global Sustainability. Students will have the option to fulfill course requirements abroad by either following a traditional semester study abroad path through the Oklahoma State Study Abroad Office, or by enrolling in shorter one-two week courses led by department faculty. Global Studies majors gain a variety of skills including a deep understanding of the institutions and processes that shape the world, cross-culture knowledge and understanding, and strong verbal and written communications skills.

Public Service Opportunities 

Students majoring in Global Studies can find volunteer work through the OSU Student Volunteer Center  on campus. Other national and international volunteer opportunities can be matched at VolunteerMatch. Volunteering can help communities, help students explore career options and gain experience.

Career Options

Students majoring in Global Studies pursue jobs within the United States and abroad. They seek careers with local, state, or federal agencies, in the private sector, or with non-governmental and charitable organizations. A Global Studies major is also a good way to prepare for law school or graduate study.

  • Civil Service Worker
  • Global Diversity & Diversity Associate
  • Heritage Preservation Planner
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Humanitarian Relief Worker
  • International Development Consultan

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist students in an eight semester plan guiding them to graduate within four years. Students may use this as a guide as they plan their undergraduate education, but should adjust it to fit their personal goals.

BA - Global Studies


The minor in Global Studies provides students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest from an international and geographic perspective and is an excellent complement to a variety of degree programs such as Political Science, Sociology, Natural Resource and Environmental Management, International Business, Global Studies, History, Economics, and Geology among others. The minor is designed to be completed in conjunction with general education degree requirements.For minor requirements, please visit the Office of Registrar.


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts & Sciences, and respective Departments.

When students complete the OSU admission application, they are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Geography Department offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

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337 Murray Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078