Undergraduate

Global Studies

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

Program Tracks Available

Major, Minor


Admission Deadline

Early Decision: November 1
Early Action: November 1
Early Action II: December 15
Regular Decision: February 15


Degrees Offered

B.A.


Department

Economics and Global Studies

Program Contact

Colleen Fahy

Department Chair, Economics & Global Studies, Professor of Economics

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Program Curriculum

Faculty


Experiential Learning

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.

Faculty/Student Research

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 College: 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”

Study Abroad

At Assumption College, 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.

Internships

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?)

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Career Paths

Bloomberg LP

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

Reebok Corporation

Siemens Energy, Inc.

Sun Life Insurance International

T.J. Maxx, Corporate Legal Division

U.S. Department of State

Winter-Wyman Search Corp.

Emma Salachi

Global Studies 2019
Product Development and Client Care Intern, Collette Travel Services

Assumption has provided me with the necessary skills to be successful in my future career.

My internship required extensive research which I felt confident in doing because of Assumption’s professors and library resources. The global studies major has given me a unique perspective on the world which allowed me to fully immerse myself in my internship.
Jessica Stewart

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.'
Patrick Williams

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”
Julie D.

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.

Emma Salachi

Global Studies 2019
Product Development and Client Care Intern, Collette Travel Services

Assumption has provided me with the necessary skills to be successful in my future career.

My internship required extensive research which I felt confident in doing because of Assumption’s professors and library resources. The global studies major has given me a unique perspective on the world which allowed me to fully immerse myself in my internship.
Jessica Stewart

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.'
Patrick Williams

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”
Julie D.

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.
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Assumption College strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the College pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.

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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.

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Center for Global Studies

At the Center for Global Studies at Assumption College, 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.

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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  


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