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.
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?
- Plan a course of study around global and social justice issues such as immigration, human trafficking, and geotourism.
- Learn to think in an integrated, interdisciplinary way about issues affecting people across the globe.
- Develop aptitude in intercultural competency and communication through experiential learning.
- Gain important foreign language capabilities.
- Build skills in research methods and statistics.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
- Face To Face
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 systems, such as health care, food, and economics
- The movements of people and ideas across the globe such as immigration, human trafficking, and geotourism
- Cultural, religious, or gender identities and expressions
Combined Degree Programs
Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.
Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.