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Global Studies

Your major in global studies will prepare you for a changing and complex world, increase your knowledge of international issues and develop your skills in critical thinking, communications and logical analysis. Our interdisciplinary program is designed to help you understand the growing connectedness and diversity of interactions at the global level.

Beyond the core course, you can dive deep by choosing from four regional specializations and five thematic specializations.



  • Regional specializations: Africa and Middle East, Asia and Eurasia, Europe, Latin America
  • Thematic specializations: Identity, Culture and Society; Global Development and Service; Global Security and Foreign Policy; Human Rights; Global Resources and Environment

Academics + Experience = Opportunities

Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.


Four-year success plan
What to do each year


Major requirements and courses


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Transferrable Career Skills

  • Gain global perspective and high levels of intercultural awareness
  • Communicate confidently and appropriately with individuals of different cultures
  • Evaluate the interrelatedness of events and ideas
  • Integrate information and perspectives from multiple disciplines to solve problems
  • Evaluate human behavior and explain social phenomena
  • Contextualize political, social, and historical events
  • Examine problems from multiple perspectives
  • Define problems and identifying causes
  • Perform analysis of social and cultural issues
  • Provide a creative, inquisitive approach to problem-solving


Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in global studies, such as:

  • Interning with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Learn more about internships
  • Studying abroad in Belize, Czech Republic or Japan
  • Learn more about education abroad
  • Serving as the Model United Nations Club president
  • Learn more about getting involved in student organizations
  • Volunteering with the Asian Community and Cultural Center
  • Learn more about service learning


Your global studies major will lay the groundwork for a career in any number of fields. Equipped with valuable skills, you may wish to pursue positions in local, state or national government; diplomacy and international security; education; and non-profit organizations in your hometown or around the world. You might also choose to pursue graduate or professional schools in law, medicine or other health care.

Examples of Alumni Careers

  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow / U.S. State Department
  • Community Organizer / South of Downtown Community Development Organization
  • Deputy Data Director / Democratic Party of Virginia
  • Diplomat Assistant / China Foreign Diplomat Service
  • Economic Justice Community Organizer / Nebraska Appleseed
  • Education and Community Development Volunteer / Peace Corps, Tonga
  • English Language Teacher / Panama
  • Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow / Illinois JusticeCorps
  • Intelligence Analyst / BAE Systems / R2G
  • Presidential Associates Fellow / American University in Cairo, Egypt

Examples of Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Ph.D., Diplomatic History, Ohio State University
  • Master's Degree, Security Studies, Georgetown University
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Indiana
  • Master's Degree, Balkan, Eurasian, & Central European Studies, Charles University
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Master's Degree, Political Science, University of Iowa
  • Master's Degree, Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Medical Doctor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Master's Degree, Chinese Studies, Peking University
Alumna Emma Lentsch

“I loved going to class every day because my classmates genuinely participated and contributed to class discussions by adding their experiences in foreign countries, information they learned from other classes, and their ideas about how to solve complex world issues.”

Emma Lentsch

Global Studies at Nebraska

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