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What is Global Studies?

Global Studies allows you to create an individualized plan of study to best suit your interests in specific global themes such as:

  • Environmental change
  • Wealth and poverty
  • Human rights
  • Global health

This major will have a guiding focus on contemporary global issues. Your coursework will explore cultures and their social and economic interactions and impacts. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your learning, earn credit for field work, service, and research while studying abroad. This program requires at least one semester of study abroad. You’ll develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address any issue.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Service

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

65% employed after graduation

19% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$44,179 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: U.S. Senate, Yelp, Teach for America View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Depaul University, Chicago-Kent College of Law View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT score

1230 - 1450 SAT score

3.32 - 3.86 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.2 years to degree

94% freshman retention rate

90% four-year graduation rate

93% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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