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The world's greatest challenges - food, security, climate change, human rights, religious freedom, and conflict - emerge from interacting global systems and affect everyday lives of people in local communities. Addressing these challenges demands creative thinking across national and disciplinary boundaries.
Global Studies and Social Impact (GSI) addresses this need by placing contemporary issues center stage, and preparing students to be creative, flexible thinkers within local and global communities.
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.
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
Through courses drawn from across the university, students learn how to explore problems and solutions through a variety of academic and professional lenses. Topics students explore include:
Global studies and social impact prepares students for employment in a wide variety of fields, including:
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.