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Global Studies


A student sits by a river in Spain.

Beyond the Classroom

The Global Studies degree emphasizes foreign language acquisition and encourages cultural immersion in a world region. Studying abroad will allow you to practice your language skills while living and learning in a foreign country.

Go Anywhere

The Global Studies program encourages students to focus their studies on one of six world regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa, and Russia/Eurasia. Luckily for you, USC operates Global Partner Programs in all of these regions through the Study Abroad Office. So whether you're looking to improve your Arabic, aiming to finally master chopsticks while in Japan, or yearning to visit the fjords of Norway, there's a program for you. 

Get Credit

Far from just being an extensive tourist trip, studying abroad can help you get some degree requirements under your belt. Why take a French class at USC if you can get the same credit while studying in Paris? Study abroad is integrated into the Global Studies program, and work done overseas will be incorporated into your program of study.

Get Out There

But of course, it's not all about credit. It's one thing to read and discuss a foreign culture; it's another thing entirely to experience it for yourself. When you live in a foreign place, it quickly becomes less and less foreign. You can learn the local customs, pick up some slang, and maybe even become buddies with your favorite market vendor. You can see the real-world impact of the national policies you discuss in the classroom. To broaden your horizons, you need some local context, so get out there!

Global Studies