Global Studies & World Languages Department

WSU’s Global Studies and World Languages Department offers programs to enhance understanding in linguistics, culture, diversity, and civic engagement. Our department has a lot to offer to students who want to learn to speak another language or enhance their cultural and global understanding.

Our mission is to help students learn about the growing interconnectedness and interdependence between the people and countries of the world. This not only helps students become more employable, but also understand the world around them. 

Global Studies

Global Studies is a multidisciplinary program that will enable you to understand the profound sociocultural, political, economic, and ecological changes taking place at the global level.

In this program you will gain analytical and intercultural skills to engage with people from diverse backgrounds, which will enhance your problem-solving capabilities. With a degree in Global Studies, you can play a meaningful role in areas such as:

  • Diplomacy and conflict resolution
  • Business and economic policy-making
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Civic engagement through national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Research organizations

One advantage of majoring in Global Studies is that it allows you to select your own courses related to global phenomena while working with a faculty advisor. Compared to other degree programs, Global Studies allows you the flexibility to design your own major (with some requirements) built around your global interests.

By learning a language and studying abroad (which is highly encouraged), you can develop intercultural communication skills and engage in experiential learning.

World Languages

Students may choose from a variety of routes that the World Language program offers. Expand your skills in languages including French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. Taking courses in world languages can: 

  • Enhance your occupational skills and cultural training
  • Increase your opportunities for employment
  • Expand your world

If you have taken previous language courses, you should take the language placement evaluation to determine what course level is right for your skills. 

Contact the Global Studies & World Languages Department
Global Studies & World Languages Department
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