Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

Develop a broad and sophisticated understanding of global changes, cultures and perspectives with the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies program in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. This rigorous, interdisciplinary, 123-credit undergraduate program prepares students for the international workforce through its emphasis on global security, cultures, economy and security. 

The Global Studies Major draws from over a dozen fields of study, and it prioritizes a strong foundation in foreign language studies, with opportunities for you to intern and study abroad. Students are required to complete four levels of a foreign language, giving them a competitive edge when pursuing global professions. 

Through the curriculum, you’ll learn to analyze international problems and communicate ideas effectively. You’ll also study the complex global issues shaping our world, using tools from a variety of disciplines, including economic analysis, historical methods and social science. Graduates are well equipped to pursue international careers, and collaborate across and within foreign countries.


You can focus on Global Studies or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Global Cultures

    Examine the interaction of global and local cultures from the European imperialism of the 19th century, through the spread of Americanization in the 20th century, to the digital world of the 21st century. This concentration draws on courses from a wide list of options in anthropology, film, history, literature, religion and sociology.

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  • Global Economy

    Examine the evolution of cooperation among states in managing the global economy, and the role of history, politics and technology in shaping international, national and local relations.

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  • Global Security

    Access dozens of courses from multiple disciplines, including anthropology, criminal justice, geography, history and political science, in order to understand the causes of war, security strategies of states and the rise of new and challenging security threats in a constantly changing global environment.

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Classes & Curriculum

Global Studies BA students take the following foundational courses. 

  • Global Connections
  • International Politics
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Senior Research Capstone Seminar

Required and elective courses will vary, depending on which concentration you choose. The program culminates with a research-based and writing-intensive capstone seminar.

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Related Graduate Degrees

Related Graduate Certificates

*Fox School of Business
**Klein College of Media and Communication
***College of Education

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement degree programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year