Global Studies

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In an increasingly interconnected world, the Global Studies major provides an interdisciplinary background for students interested in careers in government service, non-governmental organizations, the military, or working in other fields that require an understanding of global culture, economics, politics, and business. Global Studies majors take a selection of courses in foreign language, economics, history, geography, world literature, and political science to provide a balanced background in global culture. They then concentrate their studies in one or more areas including language, political science, business and economics, history, or sociology.

Mission

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major consisting of four main areas of study: economics, history, language, and political science. Students are also required to take courses in geography, literature, and religion. The mission of the program is to graduate students with a broad perspective and understanding of world cultures and the interaction between economic, political, and social spheres.

Goals

  1. Students who graduate with a major in Global Studies will demonstrate a knowledge and appreciation of humankind, the cultural, economic, historical, and political interaction underlying world society.
  2. Skills of analytical (critical) thinking, research methods, oral presentations, and written communication that prepare them for employment and/or advanced study.

Contact the Global Studies Program

Dr. Patrick O

Patrick O’Neil, Ph.D.

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, Ph.D.

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