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Global Studies (BA)

Many cultures. One world.

Are you drawn to all things cross-cultural: meeting people from other cultures, the sounds and tastes of exotic places, understanding international events and trends?

Intercultural communication is becoming increasingly valuable in our globalized, connected world. Our interdisciplinary global studies degree exposes you to coursework in history, political science, language, economics and environmental studies. You’ll develop a rich understanding of other cultures and find careers in a variety of fields, including business, government, missions, teaching and medicine.

Program Overview

Credit hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 54 credit hours
+ Electives: 18 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection

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Department History and Global Studies
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Religion in Global Context
  • Peace, Power, and Politics
  • International Poverty & Development
  • Africa in Global Context 
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What can you do after graduation?

  • International Rights Lawyer
  • Economic Development Expert
  • Cross-Cultural Ministry Director
  • Global Energy Analyst
  • Global Health Practitioner 
  • Foreign Service Professional
  • Import/Export Agent
  • International Policy Analyst 
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Clubs and Activities

Students in the Department of History & Global Studies have many opportunities for growth outside the classroom, including:

  • Field school experience
  • Internships
  • Study/teaching abroad
  • Phi Alpha Delta (professional society)

About the History and Global Studies Department

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At ACU our History and Global Studies Department strives to provide an understanding of the experiences of humankind; to stimulate thought concerning various institutions, ideas and cultures; and to promote ethical standards in keeping with the Christian faith. The study of history prepares students by developing critical-thinking, research and writing skills. Our faculty invite students to engage with history, to be a part of new research, and to challenge their previous understanding of the past.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.