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Global and International Studies Program

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Why study global and international studies?

Because global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring around the world.

Why study European studies?

Because European studies broaden, deepen, and strengthen through interdisciplinary study a student’s knowledge and understanding of the enduring importance of our transatlantic partners, the Europeans.

Undergraduate Programs

Global and international studies at KU offers an interdisciplinary program in which faculty and students think critically about some of the most fundamental issues facing societies today: population growth, politics and governance, migration, the global economy, poverty and inequality, religion, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, peace and conflict, and climate change. Through an investigation of these topics, global and international studies majors acquire an enriched understanding of the world today, which is not only a desirable end in itself but also a useful background for professionals whose careers may involve them in different geographical and cultural areas. A major in global and international studies is helpful for careers in journalism, foreign service, business and industry, education, law, politics and government, and social service agencies.

The degree in European studies is available only as a co-major in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree major in another academic discipline. The co-major also can be combined with a bachelor’s degree in a professional school, such as business or journalism.

Why study global and international studies?

Because global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring around the world.

Why study European studies?

Because European studies broaden, deepen, and strengthen through interdisciplinary study a student’s knowledge and understanding of the enduring importance of our transatlantic partners, the Europeans.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts in International Studies provides an analytically sophisticated understanding of the contemporary global arena. Students pursue interests in global politics, society, and culture across a broad range of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop a specialization in a world region and a topic that transcends national borders. The degree offers students the skills and knowledge to operate in a world where traditional boundaries are disappearing. The program is based at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, but students complete courses both on the Edwards Campus and on KU’s Lawrence campus.

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