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Global Studies

The global studies program is designed for students who are interested in studying international problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program emphasizes the study of political science, foreign language, history and related fields to provide students with an understanding of contemporary issues.

Why Saint Martin's University?

Saint Martin’s provides a broad liberal arts background with strong emphasis on written and oral skills. It further stresses the ability to think critically about global issues and provides a broad understanding of major value questions in the study of international relations.

Students participating in the International Relations program are provided with:

  • A strong theoretical foundation in international relations
  • Opportunities for practical experience
  • Internships through the Washington Semester Program
  • Study abroad opportunities

Research and internships

Our students have completed internships with a large cross-section of local organizations including:

  • Washington Semester Program
  • Washington State Legislature
  • Study abroad

Global Studies Requirements

Required courses (9 credit hours) 

  • GPH 210: World Regional Geography
  • PLS 200: International Relations -OR-  PLS 205: Comparative Politics
  • SOC 103: Cultural Anthropology

Non-western history courses (3 credit hours)

One course chosen from:

  • HIS 410: History of Modern Egypt
  • HIS 411: Modern Latin America
  • HIS 413: History of Modern Africa
  • HIS 415: History of the Modern Middle East

Elective courses (6 credit hours)

Two electives chosen from:

  • BA 420: International Business
  • PLS 315: Politics of Globalization
  • PLS 325: History of the Vietnam War
  • PLS 340: Global Environmental Politics
  • PLS 352: Asia and the World
  • PLS 360: Gender and Global Politics
  • PLS 362: American Exceptionalism
  • PLS 371: Model United Nations
  • PLS 372: Global Human Rights and Justice Movements
  • PLS 376: Global Food Politics
  • PLS 377: Global Poverty and Development
  • SOC 396: Intercultural Communication
  • Or, any upper-division intercultural course with approval of the faculty advisor for Global Studies

Global Studies at a Glance

Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
College of Arts and Sciences
What can I do with this major?
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Transformative outcomes

Career paths

  • Teaching
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Private and non-profit organizations
  • Public service
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Spanning the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and characterized by an educational environment that is both rigorous and supportive, the College of Arts and Sciences offers 20 undergraduate major programs and 20 minor programs.

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