Global Studies Degree

This intercultural and interdisciplinary program equips students for a deep commitment to understanding and engaging in global issues affecting our world today. The major provides quality academic programs and experiential opportunities that develop critical thinking by incorporating best practices and strategies in global ministry and international career contexts. 

What can you do with a global studies degree? 

View your options here.

Program concentrations

  • Global Ministry

This is a helpful emphasis for those going into international mission work, including evangelism, discipleship, church planting, refugee resettlement and migrant services. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in Christian leadership, intercultural studies, missiology and theology.

  • Children at Risk

This is a helpful emphasis for students wanting to work with children (street children, child soldiers, human/child trafficking, child labor, adoption, etc.), community development, international/global development, humanitarian relief and urban ministries. It is also helpful for students desiring to pursue graduate degrees in intercultural studies, childhood studies, social justice, international/global development, public affairs, humanitarian studies and non-profit management.

  • Culture and Diversity

This is a helpful emphasis for those working in urban and multi-ethnic centers, multi-ethnic church work, market place, community outreach (public and private), education, public policy and law enforcement. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in cultural studies, international affairs, intercultural studies, criminal justice and social justice.

  • Applied Linguistics

This is a helpful emphasis for those going into Bible translation, literacy work, culture preservation, general translation, education and development contexts. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate studies in anthropology, linguistics, socio-linguistics or teaching English as a second language (TESOL).

  • International Regional Studies (through Study Abroad)

This is a helpful emphasis for those going into regional consulting work, research institutes, mission organizations, foundations, community development, government and policy development work. It is also an excellent concentration for those desiring to pursue graduate degrees in cultural studies, intercultural studies, international affairs, public policy and regional study.

Study abroad and real-world learning opportunities

Just as we are called to understand God’s Word, we also need to understand God’s world. That's why we encourage our students to consider MU's study abroad options. Numerous agencies and organizations annually provide opportunities for global studies majors to join short-term summer mission trips or complete cross-cultural practicums/internships on every continent.

Over the past five years, global studies students have worked in the following countries:

  • Romania
  • Kenya
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Israel
  • Uganda
  • Papua New Guinea
  • England
  • Portugal
  • Nicaragua
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Lebanon

 Please consult with your advisor on the best program for your course of study.

Degree requirements

View the course layouts here.

Costs and financial aid

Tuition for 2016-17 is $23,120/per year.

View cost details and financial aid options here.

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