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What You Learn

This customizable program opens doors to exploring, identifying, and understanding major globalization issues.

  • Learn how technology, industry, social media, culture and the environment connects people all over the world
  • Develop global awareness, cross-cultural competence, and critical thinking
  • Build quantitative and qualitative research and policy analysis skills, giving you new ways of seeing the world
  • Evaluate the impact of global issues at the local, national and international levels
  • Take a Travelearn course to Africa, Asia, or Europe or spend a semester at Wenzhou-Kean University
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Broaden your education and gain valuable skills with an internship

Tailor your program to your interests and passions, in consultation with your personal faculty advisor. You take three core liberal arts courses; four advanced courses; a guided research capstone project; and an area of concentration. Concentrate in either a specialized issue of global concern, such as women’s and gender studies, environmental justice, or Jewish world affairs; or in a region of geo-political interest, like Africa or Latin America, if you choose.

Jared Van Ramshorst, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

B.A. in Global Studies

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I like that there is a focus on global awareness. Its important to know about different countries and their governments. Businesses are very global too, and you have to understand the way different countries work. It's inevitable the work we do here will end up in different countries.

Natalie Hernandez
First Kean Global Studies major
Natalie Hernandez

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere and pursue internships that will advance your career.

Study Abroad

Kean offers study abroad opportunities in many countries. Study at Wenzhou-Kean University in China for the cost of a semester at Kean USA.

Kean students in a gorgeous outdoor setting in Northern Ireland 2023
Study Abroad

Clubs and Organizations

Global studies students can join clubs such as the United Nations Association (UNA-USA) campus chapter, participate in the Interdisciplinary Democracy Dialogues series and take part in global cultural and civic events.

The Holi Festival took place at Kean
Clubs and Organizations

Conferences and Workshops

Attend events such as the China in the World conference, the Jewish Studies Summer Institute, the Human Rights Conference, or the capacity-building Advocacy Workshops.

The China in the World conference explores China's global influence
Conferences and Workshops


Prepare for a wide range of exciting careers and opportunities with a global studies degree, such as:

  • Global non-profit work
  • Government liaison
  • International communications and social media
  • Diplomatic corps
  • International business
  • Academia
  • Political consultant
  • Public affairs advocacy


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