Our planet’s human population is now close to 7.5 billion. We are united by our common humanity but often divided by race, culture, class, gender and citizenship. While our societies are more intertwined than ever before, violent conflict, profound inequality, and stark injustice remain distressingly common. Some societies have achieved unprecedented levels of human and economic development but in doing so have come to test the limits of the earth’s capacity to sustain human and nonhuman life.
These are the issues, and the challenges, that animate both students and faculty within Global Studies. We grapple with the big questions facing an increasingly complex world through innovative classroom teaching and by providing opportunities for experiential learning. Through the Global Studies Experience, for example, our students are invited to ‘learn by doing’ by participating in international volunteer placements. Our field courses in Chile (2016) and Bosnia (2017) offer unique opportunities to explore how global processes interact with the cultures and histories of particular countries. The Social Entrepreneurship Option (housed within Global Studies on behalf of the Faculty of Arts) will equip you with additional tools for making a difference in Canada or abroad.
As of 2016/17, the three core ‘streams’ of our program – peace and conflict studies, globalization and culture, and international development – can be pursued as ‘concentrations’; as students, you can now pursue a thematic concentration (3.0 credits) that will show up on your academic transcript alongside your main degree.
The career paths of Global Studies graduates are varied and diverse. Our alumni can be found all over the globe, whether working for the federal government in Ottawa, helping to manage game reserves in Africa, or working for refugee settlement agencies in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. There are also a growing range of graduate school options for Global Studies alumni. In the KW region alone, many of our best students continue their studies at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (which offers both an MA in Global Governance and a MA in International Public Policy), or through the University of Waterloo’s MA program in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Beginning in 2018, the Department of Global Studies will also collaborate with the Department of Religion and Culture to offer an MA in Religion, Culture and Global Justice.
It’s your world: Learn. Reflect. Make a difference.