Globalization Studies (BA)

Given that globalization is a complex set of processes that affect virtually all facets of our daily lives — the arts, culture, economics, politics, immigration, climate, health — the globalization studies major at Ohio State is interdisciplinary in character, encouraging students to adopt a multiplicity of humanistic, social scientific and scientific perspectives on the forms that globalization takes, the forces that shape them, their historical origins and their impacts on all aspects of the lives of individuals and communities. These impacts range across culture and the arts through economic interdependence to climate change and disease management. The major will help students to understand better our increasingly multicultural society and will provide them with knowledge relevant to a wide variety of careers.


The globalization studies major provides an exemplary interdisciplinary liberal arts education that acquaints students with domestic and international debates on such topics as the global economy, the environment and cultural diffusion. Graduates will have a similar range of career opportunities as that of any liberal arts major. The breadth of this major prepares them for work in the growing number of public and private sector entities that have to negotiate their way in an ever more complex and interdependent world.

courses you might take:

IntStds 3850: Introduction to Globalization Studies

Explore globalization in all its aspects, economic, political, cultural, environmental and technological.

IntStds 4850: Understanding the Global Information System

Examine issues, trends, tensions, policies, theories, and practices related to the varying ways information is used and knowledge is produced in different societies, the impact of communication technologies, and the emerging commons of globally distributed information and knowledge.

Anthrop 4597.01: Cultural Conflict in Developing Countries

Analysis of cultural conflict in developing nations resulting from rapid and extensive technological and social change.

Geography 3600: Space, Power & Political Geography

Political geographic thought; territory and territoriality; borders and scale; space, power and uneven development; states and statecraft; and the politics of nations, regions and localities.

POLITSC 4300: Theories of International Relations

Various theories of world politics, such as realism, liberalism, long cycles, domestic and bureaucratic politics, and decision-making level theory.