Global Studies Major

Be equipped to serve the global church

As the complexities of our modern world continue to evolve, be prepared to serve in cross-cultural communities around the world. The Global Studies major at Houghton, will prepare you to explore work in a variety of fields, such as international politics, law, development, economics, linguistics and missions.

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Intercultural Experiences

The intercultural experience is designed to be a flexible and practical. Gain the skills and knowledge to travel almost anywhere. You can do a formal overseas study program, an internship or a variety of other types of specially arranged programs.

Global Engagement

Experience global engagement through various activities and learning opportunities.

  • Annual Faith and Justice Symposium sponsored by Houghton’s Center for Faith, Justice and Global Engagement
  • Journey’s End Tutoring (JET), a Saturday ministry to immigrants and refugees in Buffalo, primarily helping with teaching English
  • Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College
  • Cornell Institute for African Development Conference, Cornell University

What will I learn?

As a Global Studies major, you will expand your horizons as you:

  • Prepare for today’s multicultural world through rigorous interdisciplinary study and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities
  • Build a foundation in anthropology and related social sciences methodologies
  • Develop a deep understanding of a particular region of the world
  • Grow your linguistic skills as you study or continue to study a foreign language
  • Ask big questions, think critically, and improve your communication as you wrestle with the complexities of various cultures and people
  • Gain a global perspective as you travel the world through Houghton’s many off-campus study opportunities or internships

124 Credits

Required Courses

Elective courses + general education

Degree Requirements

Overseas Opportunities

With so many off-campus study opportunities, you might find it hard to choose just one. Many students study abroad several times during their four years at Houghton. Gain experience traveling the world and engage with different cultures with the support of like-minded peers and faculty.

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Experienced Faculty

Study with faculty who have extensive experience living, working and serving in cross-cultural settings around the world.  They will work with you to help you discover the best locations and right type of training for the work and service you desire most.

More Than Missions

Many intercultural programs are primarily aimed at students going into missions. Houghton's Global Studies major is designed to prepare you for life, not just a particular job.

Program Outcomes

Students graduating from the Global Studies major at Houghton University are prepared for careers as:

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Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
Testing Policy

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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