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Global Studies and Social Impact, B.A., B.S.

Global studies and social impact (GSI) addresses the world's greatest challenges  food, security, climate change, human rights, religious freedom, and conflict  by placing contemporary issues center stage, and preparing students to be creative, flexible thinkers within local and global communities.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Global studies and social impact students participate in experiential learning opportunities such as service-learning projects, study abroad programs, or internships.

Individualized Plan of Study

GSI majors plan their course of study around global and social justice issues that ignite their passion, such as immigration, human trafficking, and geotourism.

Prepare for Your Career Path

The global studies and social impact major provides students with an interdisciplinary educational foundation and opportunities to develop focused skills and capabilities in preparation for their chosen career path.

Program Overview

Students earn a B.A. or B.S. in GSI by taking courses organized around interdisciplinary global themes. Students also choose two world regions to study in more depth.

Why Pursue Global Studies and Social Impact at Grand Valley?

Program Details