Global Studies and International Affairs

Majoring in Global Studies and International Affairs will provide you with a well rounded foundation for understanding a constantly changing world.  Completing this program will enable you to insightfully analyze world culture, international economics and global politics.  It will prepare you for a career that could call for you to work across multiple cultures and in diverse contexts.  Recent graduates have gone on to work in education, business, government and social services.  The Global Studies and International Affairs program will develop your awareness of social change and a variety of global issues and introduce you to the nuances of cross-cultural interactions and the diversity of perspectives represented by different countries and culture around the world.

A centerpiece of the Global Studies and International Affairs experience is participating in a 4-day Model United Nations simulation in Chicago.  All Global Studies and International Affairs majors go to the Model UN once, many choose to go back a second or even third time.  Participating in a Model UN requires students to play the role of a diplomat from another country.  At Alverno, students spend the semester in a class on the United Nations studying the foreign policy of “their” country.  Once they are at the Model UN they interact with over 1000 college students from all over the US.  The Model UN experience, with its emphasis on communications, analysis and social interaction, fits well with Alverno’s unique ability-based education.