North Central College - Naperville, IL

Global Studies

Why choose global studies at North Central College?

Your global studies major or minor will equip you to have an impact on the world scene. You’ll acquire the knowledge, perspective and research skills you need to tackle issues from a global perspective, thanks to courses ranging from political science and history to religion and economics. You’ll master your choice of languages and study abroad for a term or more. When global experience is required, you’ll be ready.

You can also:

  • Focus on one of three areas: Global Power and Security, Culture and Globalization, Markets and Development.
  • Engage with students from all over the world at the Nation
    Model United Nations conference in New York.

    Engage with students from all over the world at the National Model United Nations conference in New York.

  • Visit with guest speakers on campus like consuls general from People’s Republic of China, South Africa and India.
  • Join the International Club, Asian Student Konnection, Korean Club, Japan Club, Chinese Club, Ecce, German Club, Le Cercle Français, Fusion Española or Raza Unida.


photo by Kara Kots '18
North Central College’s Office of International Programs has added new study abroad programs in Granada, Spain; Lille, France; and Hamilton, New Zealand.
The concept of globalization at North Central College plays a significant role in the College’s success.
North Central students are engaged in growing, new academic program that offers linguistic and cultural focus on the Middle East and North Africa.



  • Consulting firm, Coleman Group, Chicago
  • Non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • International business
  • Service and ministry work
  • Government
  • International relations
  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in global studies have been accepted at:

  • University of Minnesota
  • Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government and Public Service


  • Global health
  • Global marketing agencies
  • Human justice organizations
  • International governing agencies
  • International businesses
  • Mass communication
  • Travel and tourism
  • U.S. government offices and agencies
Global Studies: Developing States and Spanish double major

Haley’s studies have evolved. Her interest in Spanish led to global and environmental studies. “Global studies is very interdisciplinary. If you have other areas of interest, you can tailor this major to focus on those interests.”

Haley chose the developing states track in global studies to complement her interest in sustainable development in Latin America. Her studies abroad took her to Peru and Guatemala.

“Peru was one of the best experiences I’ve had at college. I took classes in Spanish on Latin American development and politics and connected with people.” Her first of two trips to Guatemala involved working with a professor to create documentaries about the Guatemalan economy. She secured a...

Global Studies: Developing States and French double major

After seeing the struggles of Haitian people during a service trip to Haiti, Erica added global studies with a focus on developing states to her French major. “I did follow-up research, confirming my passion for helping people. Then my professors challenged me and showed me different ways to research other cultures and solve problems.”

She also traveled to Kenya for a summer service trip, worked with Habitat for Humanity during spring break and studied abroad in France. “I learned more about my world and had a chance to see how the cultures and politics work, thanks to North Central.”

On campus, Erica was involved in the Cercle Francais student club, International Justice Mission and the College’s...

Global Studies major

Ian has always been fascinated by other cultures. He spent a year travelling across Europe and Australia before enrolling at North Central, which helped him come to a simple conclusion.

“I knew I needed to incorporate my love for the world into my academic career,” he says.

That hasn’t been a problem at North Central. Funded by a Richter grant, Ian was able to perform independent research in Iceland, where he studied the relationship between landscape and folklore.

“It was a great opportunity to utilize the skills I’ve learned in the classroom as well as develop my academic portfolio,” he says.

He’s also studied abroad in Germany, where he lived with a host family and mastered a...

Global Studies major

“North Central’s global studies major is eclectic,” says James, currently a graduate student focusing on international affairs and Chinese studies at the prestigious Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. “Other schools just look at political or cultural issues, but at North Central you take all types of classes from a variety of disciplines. It’s a very well-rounded major.”

As an undergrad, he studied in China and Japan for 15 weeks. Choosing the international relations track, he researched the reintegration of Hong Kong into mainland China and secured a Richter Independent Study Fellowship to fund his work. He presented his findings at four academic and honors...