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Global Issues (Master's)

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Expand your global skillset and learn to analyze contemporary issues and trends in a global context in this concentration designed for those interested in international relations, politics, and working across cultures. Recognize the influence of events and ideas on the world stage as you explore and discuss the effects of culture and history on global public policy, geopolitical and economic issues, and international governance structures. You’ll learn how to:

  • Work more effectively across a variety of cultures

  • Navigate the intricacies of human rights

  • Advocate for sustainable development

  • Formulate solutions to global challenges

  • Provide historic and cultural context

  • Identify and compare diverse cultures and understand their impact on communication, business, trade, politics, and human relations. You’ll be better prepared to work across cultures at home or abroad.

    To learn more about the program outcomes, please view the Global Affairs program overview page.

Required Courses

MLS in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Issues requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)

Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs

Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.

Concentration courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

Elective courses - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Global Affairs programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Popular electives for students pursuing Global Affairs programs include:

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Careers in Global Issues

Advocate, Cross-Cultural Trainer, Diplomat, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Foreign Service Officer, International Business Consultant, International Relations Specialist, International Relations Specialist, International Researcher, Nongovernmental Organization Director, Program Officer, Policy Risk Analyst, Public Affairs Coordinator, Translator

Advocating for individuals, policies, and programs; analyzing international data; collaborating with international business leaders, legislators, and nongovernmental stakeholders; communicating across languages and cultures; managing international employees and volunteers; negotiating cross-cultural business and political agreements; participating in strategic global planning and development initiatives

Career trends in global issues can vary greatly, but as a whole, these positions are centralized in three sectors: government, non-profit, and private business. Opportunities on Capitol Hill and at the state and municipal levels for advocates, diplomats, and policymakers allow global issues professionals to apply their knowledge to real-world situations, as do jobs in the more than 22,000 multinational, binational, and non-US national associations operating internationally. In the business sector, jobs in fields such as policy risk analysis appear to be on the rise with a “dramatic increase in importance” over the past 20 years, the Association Professional Schools of International Affairs writes. No matter what industry they occur in though, jobs in global issues are sure to present candidates with professional opportunities for cultural and emotional growth.

Careers In Global Affairs

Translate a degree into a career.
A master's degree or graduate certificate in translation studies translates to a thriving career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 28% of translators or interpreters work within the educational field, 13% work in healthcare, and 9% are employed by the government. Translators can also explore other potential career areas, including conferences, conventions, travel guides, judiciary, localization, or literary translation. If you have second language proficiency in Spanish—you're in luck! This foreign language is in high-demand, but of course, it's not so foreign to you!

Be a global citizen!
If you strive to succeed as a global citizen and want to discuss globalization in terms of business, culture, governments, and major issues, then immerse yourself in global issues and world history. With an international studies background, job opportunities are limitless: business manager, politician, journalist, historian, or marketer for governments, institutions, non-profit organizations, or private businesses. Compete in a global market, which is becoming smaller as technology grows.

Global Affairs program graduates may hold potential job titles such as Foreign Service Officer, Historian, Political Advisor, Archivist, International Relations Specialist, Teacher, Communications Officer, Non-Profit Director, Journalist, Advocate, Translator, Diplomat, or Public Affairs Coordinator.

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