Global Studies

UWM's Global Studies programs combines the benefits of a liberal arts education with the training of a professional program to prepare students to work internationally or domestically on matters that cross borders and cultures. The College of Letters and Science and several of UWM's professional schools have formed a partnership to offer students this unique program of study that will prepare them for positions of global leadership in our increasingly interconnected world.

At UWM, Global Studies is a rigorous program that incorporates classes across disciplines, a required study abroad experience, and extensive foreign language requirements. This challenging but rewarding program prepares students to excel in a job market that demands knowledge across subject areas and a culturally sensitive and savvy approach. The analytical, communication, and cultural awareness knowledge and skills acquired through the Global Studies degree will serve students well in any area of work.

Students at UWM choose from one of five tracks:

  • Global Communications - with a focus on language, culture and the technology of modern, global communication (option for a joint degree between the College of Letters and Science and the School of Information Studies)
  • Global Management - focusing on business and the world economy (joint degree between the College of Letters and Science and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business)
  • Global Security - dealing with aspects of conflict and change such as water resources, war, human rights, borders, and global health
  • Global Sustainability - where students develop expertise in matters of the environment and government systems
  • Global Health - a track for students interested in global careers in healthcare, international aid, healthcare policy, international health education, health outreach, and international health regulations (option for a joint degree between the College of Letters and Science and the College of Nursing)

Students often wonder what the differences are between Global Studies and International Studies. In addition to the specialties mentioned above that are available to Global Studies students, in the Global Studies program, students are required to reach foreign language fluency equivalent to the sixth semester of study and are required to complete a total of 12 experiential learning credits. Students choose 2 of these 3 options:

  • 3 to 9 credits of study abroad coursework
  • 1 to 6 credits of an international internship
  • 1 to 6 credits of a domestic internship with an global focus

UWM also offers a joint bachelors and masters program between global studies and translation. Students who enter their first year ready to start at an advanced level in their language studies can complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years instead of six.

Read the fact sheets available to the right to learn more about our tracks and career opportunities.