World History and Culture (Master's)
Explore international studies in an applied, practical manner and learn how to work more effectively across cultures and industries and in local, multicultural environments. From competition to conflict, building community to cooperation, a broad range of topics will prepare you to understand and effectively engage with other cultures and identities. Examine the history and culture of the world from a diverse range of perspectives. You’ll learn:
- Historic, political, sociological, and economic factors contributing to cultures and identities
- World religious traditions
- Issues in working internationally
- The role of geography in globalization trends
Gain perspective and learn to holistically describe and work within another culture in the context of global affairs and world history.
MLS in Global Affairs with a concentration in World History and Culture 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.
- GS 4010 - Global Players, Structures, and Trends
- GS 4020 - Cultural Positioning and Assessment
- GS 4030 - Issues in Working Internationally
- GS 4905 - Graduate Social Research Methods
- GS 4901 - GS Capstone Project
- GS 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- GS 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
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.
- GS 4200 - Globalization and Human Geography
- GS 4210 - World Religious Traditions
- GS 4220 - Competition and Conflict
- GS 4230 - Community and Cooperation
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:
- GS 4100 - Hunger, Food, and Health
- GS 4110 - Sustainable Development
- GS 4120 - Terrorism and War in the 21st Century
- GS 4130 - Human Rights and the Role of Women
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Careers in World History and Culture
Archivist, Business Manager, Foreign Service Officer, Historian, International Relations Specialist, Journalist, Librarian, Museum Coordinator, Nongovernmental Organization Director, Political Advisor, Program Officer, Teacher
Analyzing and interpreting cultural and historical data to determine its authenticity and significance; archiving and preserving cultural materials and artifacts; compiling cultural and historical data; educating and engaging the public on cultural and historical topics; researching cultural and historical trends; serving as a subject matter expert on cultural and historical issues; tracing cultural and historical developments; writing books, grants, and other texts on cultural and historical topics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for historians is expected to grow by six percent between 2012 and 2022. While this rate may not be very vigorous, careers for professionals with a background in world history and cultures are broadly available. Both governmental and nongovernmental organizations seek candidates in this field for their skills in historical preservation, educational programming, and ongoing research. In addition, both business and government agencies may also employ historians to review evidence for legal cases or to provide a context for current issues. Their informed perspective on world history and cultural issues makes these professionals in very marketable.
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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