Global Studies

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The Global Studies major prepares students for graduate studies and/or careers in government service, non-governmental organizations, the military, and other fields that require resourceful engagement with global culture, economics, politics, and business. Global Studies is grounded in history and offers a selection of interdisciplinary courses to provide balanced understanding of global interconnections, structures, and dynamics. Students may then concentrate their capstone studies in any interdisciplinary combination.

Mission

The mission of Global Studies is to graduate broadly resourceful students with skills, knowledge, and understanding of the world in many dimensions. To that end Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major grounded in history. Students may also take courses in political science, economics, language, geography, literature, and religion. The required major curriculum leaves ample option for minor fields or clusters of investigation in any area of relevance to the student’s particular interests across the entire university curriculum.

Goals

  1. Global Studies majors will develop knowledge and understanding of the historical, political, economic, cultural, and social dynamics of the world, along with
  2. Research, analysis, oral presentation, and written communication skills that prepare them for employment and/or advanced study.

Contact the Global Studies Program

Dr. Patrick O

Patrick O’Neil, PhD

Chair, History; Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education
(910) 630-7067
Trustees 230
Dr. Patrick O
Patrick O’Neil, PhD

Chair, History; Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education

B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Patrick W. O’Neil is Chair and Associate Professor of History; he is also Co-Director of Women’s Studies.

His research focuses on America in the years before the Civil War, encompassing politics, culture, and gender, and he is hard at work on a book about weddings during that time. The book is called Inventing the American Wedding, and it compares the way that various Americans married when the white wedding was still a new thing.

As a teacher, Professor O’Neil believes that people learn best when they have the chance to figure things out for themselves. His courses ask students to lead class discussions and to research difficult ideas; the assumption is that if you come ready to play, you can match wits with the best thinkers in America. He won Methodist University’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award in 2014.

When Professor O’Neil is stressed out, he goes for a run. Otherwise, he spends an unhealthy amount of time thinking about North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, the Beatles, and barbecue

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(910) 630-7067
Trustees 230