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Global Studies


Cody Wilson came to Purdue to study science, but a passion for helping people prompted him to change his major to sociology. Encouragement he received through the Old Masters program led Cody to participate in Teach for America and work with children in under-served communities.

Majoring in Global Studies

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the key issues confronting today’s world-wide integration and development. Students engage in discussions about human rights, diplomacy, the environment, health, culture, and economics. Global Studies students are not only given the tools to understand the processes of globalization and their consequences, but they are also encouraged and empowered to intervene in those processes and shape the world.

Upon completion of the program, students majoring in Global Studies may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Possible careers include:

  • Civil Service Worker
  • Government/NGO/Non-profit Employment
  • HR for an International Company
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Graduate or Professional School

Average Starting Salary: $42,041

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Global Studies majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transnational understanding of a diversity of ideas, objects, institutions, practices, and histories.
  • A global awareness through the social and political relationships that shape the world.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups.
  • Ability to plan, execute, and disseminate research findings from different vantage points.

Students in the School of Interdisciplinary studies may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to:


  • Zotec Partners
  • Indiana Department of Child Services
  • Teach for America
  • Magnolia Health Systems

Graduate School

  • University of Hawaii - Manoa
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Purdue University

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