Global Studies

UWM’s Global Studies program is recognized nationally for its comprehensive approach to interdisciplinary globalization studies, combining studying abroad, mastering a foreign language, learning about globalization, and exploring career prospects as interconnected endeavors. Global Studies students develop critical intercultural communication skills preparing them for a job market in which the ability to function effectively in multicultural and international environments is highly valued. Students are required to complete the equivalent of eight semesters of a foreign language (studying one or two languages), a semester of study abroad coursework (12 credits), and an overseas internship (3 credits).

Jointly sponsored by UWM’s College of Letters and Science, Lubar School of Business, College of Nursing, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and School of Information Studies, Global Studies combines the strengths of a liberal arts education with the practical benefits of pre-professional training. It offers a rigorous program that can accommodate a wide range of individual interests and career goals.

BA Degree Pre-Professional Tracks

Students in the Global Studies BA degree program enroll in one of six pre-professional tracks:

Current or prospective students can also reference the course syllabi and below handbook for more information.

Global Studies Minor

Students in any major except International Studies may complete the Global Studies Minor, which enables them to integrate language study, overseas study, and coursework on globalization into their academic programs.

Career Outcomes for Graduates

International Studies alumni can be found working locally and around the world in a wide array of career fields. Some examples include:

  • Foreign Credential Evaluator, Educational Perspectives, Chicago
  • Program Analyst, National Defense University, Norfolk, VA
  • Senior Producer, Edelman Digital, Barcelona, Spain
  • Community Recovery Specialist, Red Cross, New York, NY
  • English Instructor, Zhengzhou University, China
  • Regional Sales Manager-Brazil, The Mark Travel Corporation, Milwaukee
  • Advanced Policy Consultant, Institute for the Future, Berkeley, CA
  • Senior Community Relations Representative, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee
  • Intelligence Analyst, US Government (agency undisclosed), Washington, DC
  • Immigration Attorney, Hochstatter, McCarthy, Rivas & Runde SC, Milwaukee
  • Development Coordinator, Centro para los Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Graduates have also chosen to continue their studies by enrolling in master’s programs in fields such as business, communication, international education, law, public health, peace studies/conflict resolution, and public policy.


Call +1 414-229-4846 to make an appointment with a Global Studies Advisor.

If you would like to declare a Major or Minor in Global Studies, click here.