Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to help students understand how countries across the globe are linked together ecologically, economically, geographically and politically.
Global Studies Program
An Ideal Place to Learn
2017 global studies graduates who secured employment within 6 months of graduation.
Students from 33 states and 11 countries
Learn the Skills Employers Seek
Students majoring in Global Studies are required to complete one of three options to enhance their undergraduate academic experience: a semester abroad, an internationally focused internship (possibly in Washington, D.C.), or a Senior Research Project on an issue of global significance.
The Assumption curriculum encourages scholarly and real-world experience. With hands-on research conducted alongside faculty mentors, students gain a depth of knowledge and skills that lead to professional success and personal fulfillment. Sample research projects include “An Investigation of Renewable Energy Projects and Their Potential Applications at Assumption University: Wind Turbines and Geothermal Heat Pumps” and “Pollution of the Yangtze and Ganges Rivers: An Inside Look at How India and China Respond to Environmental Degradation and Economic Development”
At Assumption University, the world is your classroom. Students can study and explore abroad in over 50 places from Vienna to England, South Africa, and even our own campus in historic, yet modern, Rome, Italy. Assumption’s study abroad program offers culture, history, and a living classroom for all.
Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.
Assumption's Rome Campus
At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)Explore the Rome Campus
City of Lawrence, MA School System
City of Worcester Public Housing Administration
Coca Cola National
District Counsel U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Natick Army Labs
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Sun Life Insurance International
T.J. Maxx, Corporate Legal Division
U.S. Department of State
Winter-Wyman Search Corp.
Global Studies 2018
Special Education Paraprofessional, Dedham High School
Global Studies taught me that education is a determining factor in a person’s quality of life.
Global Studies instilled in me an appreciation for the intersectionality of the world’s biggest dilemmas, and how they translate into daily life. I majored in Global Studies because I wanted to learn more about the world around me, to make a positive change where I can.
Global Studies 2017
Licensed School Psychologist, Westborough, MA
The Global Studies major helped me develop a more expansive lens through which to see the world.
I gained a greater understanding of how political and economic systems, culture, history, geography, and recent events shape how we live our everyday lives. As a school psychologist, I can evaluate the many factors and circumstances that impact the students in front of me.
Global Studies 2109
Consulting Analyst in Government & Public Services at Deloitte
Discovering the Global Studies major at Assumption kickstarted my love for international relations.
The Global Studies Department provided me with an environment to explore my interests, the interdisciplinary nature of the program encouraged me to develop knowledge in a range of subjects, and the flexibility of the program allowed me to spend a semester abroad.
Global Studies 1995
Assistant District Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Understanding how governments and economies function in a global scale.
I took classes in micro and macroeconomics as well as physical geography and economic geography. All of these classes gave me an understanding for the balance between economic growth and the protection of natural resources. It was a great career foundation.
Global Studies 2012
Production Associate, Coulter Partners
“Assumption gave me a hands-on education experience with an intimate class environment where I got to know my classmates and professors quite well. The college and the professors I had fostered a culture of accountability, thoughtfulness and genuine intellectual curiosity”
Global Studies 2010
Program Coordinator, HIV Biomedical Prevention Field at Boston Medical Center
Without the lessons I learned from the faculty, I don’t believe I would be where I am professionally
“Working in the interdisciplinary field of public health, I still drew from lessons I learned at Assumption and consequently have chosen this career because my mind was trained to think not only about “the haves” and ‘the have nots’ but also about ‘the why.'
First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting
Assumption University awakens in students a sense of wonder, discovery, and purpose, forming graduates known for their intellectual seriousness, thoughtful citizenship, and devotion to the common good. Students are provided an education that shapes their souls, forms them intellectually, and prepares them for meaningful careers. Enlivened by the harmony of faith and reason, here, students’ minds and hearts are transformed.Our Mission
Assumption is dedicated to providing a clear understanding of what your education will cost
We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.
Center for Global Studies
At the Center for Global Studies at Assumption University, internationally focused academic and study abroad programs will join together to provide a comprehensive experience for students interested in global learning, in particular, the global studies major and minor. The Center helps students develop a deeper and more meaningful appreciation of the world and its history, diverse cultures and customs, geography and economics. Professors provide perspective on what it means to be a true citizen of the world through a wide range of interdisciplinary courses designed to broaden students' horizons while helping them understand how the pieces fit together to create the world we live in.
Graduate School Preparation
The global studies program will prepare you for an exciting career or the pursuit of additional study. Assumption global studies graduates have pursued additional study at institutions such as Boston College; Claremont University; McGill University; New England School of Law; Suffolk Law School; University of Colorado; Joseph Korbel School of International Studies; University of Vermont; and University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs