New academic program will prepare students for roles in globalized world
April 18, 2007
Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
Unprecedented progress in communication, transportation and computer technology have broken down barriers separating the world’s diverse populations. Consumers have access to goods manufactured all over the world. Along with goods and services, ideas and cultures circulate freely.
Yet even as globalization spawns new markets for business, creates interdependent economies and engenders international social movements, it also usurps old ways of life, threatens cultures and creates disorder and unrest.
The new interdisciplinary Global Studies major at Benedictine University combines the school’s unique cultural heritage sequence with courses from a number of disciplines to provide students with an understanding of the forces that are shaping the world and prepare them to act as responsible citizens in the 21st century.
“Students who are interested in understanding the history, culture, art, literary traditions and languages of other cultures position themselves to become true global citizens,” said Vince Gaddis, Ph.D., professor of History at Benedictine University. “The Global Studies majors prepares students to work and lead in our globalized world.”
The Global Studies major at Benedictine University allows students to choose from four areas of concentration: Latin American, Mediterranean, Middle East and American studies. Four core courses introduce the theoretical and research tools necessary to pursue interdisciplinary global studies before students focus on their chosen area of concentration.
Students then study the trends and issues that affect the world relative to their area of concentration. These issues include: the transnational interaction of peoples, cultures, economies and politics; the globalizing processes of communication; technological and environmental changes; the search for world order, law and human rights; and the sometimes violent, ethnic and religious response to what is perceived as cultural and economic homogenization on a global scale.
“Students also participate in a study abroad experience in their area of concentration,” Gaddis said. “By the time the student graduates, they leave with a level of understanding and expertise in an area to move into any area of life.”
Students who graduate with a degree in Global Studies may pursue careers with non-profit organizations such as the federal government (Peace Corps, Foreign Service), international service agencies (CARE, UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children), and English-language teaching positions.
Students can also pursue international careers in business through multinationals such as banks, consulting or engineering firms.
“Whether a student is going into a business or onto a professional school, the global studies major gives them a unique advantage in that they are classically trained in the liberal arts and they have the area of concentration in addition to a more global perspective on a number of issues,” Gaddis said.
For more information about the Global Studies major at Benedictine University, contact Vince Gaddis in the Department of History at (630) 829-6262.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.