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About the Department

The Global Studies major at Providence College offers students an interdisciplinary global perspective on social, economic and political issues, and prepares them to become responsible citizens, critical thinkers, and creative individuals with an ability to resist social prejudice and act in an interdependent world.

The Global Studies major draws on concepts from disciplines across the humanities, political science, and economics to allow students to learn more about how societies around the world are converging and challenging geographic and political frontiers, while at the same time celebrating individuality.

The major examines the interconnectedness among individuals, communities, governments and organizations across the world, and offers students theoretical and applied frameworks to understand the pillars of a globalized planet.

Who We Are

The Global Studies team at Providence College is committed to a pedagogy that stresses an active learning approach within a student-learning centered platform.  The Department emphasizes pedagogical approaches that involve students in active learning activities, experiential education, community involvement, and in educational self-awareness.  We are committed to a constructivist approach to learning, and seek to create curricular initiatives and structures that provide students with opportunities to create their own knowledge, with faculty as partners and guides.  

Given the critical importance of student, as well as faculty, engagement, we strive to create a learning community, inside and outside the classroom.


Global Studies at Providence College is built upon the idea that a better and more just world is possible. It is characterized by a transdisciplinary exploration of globalization and its effects upon communities, environmental sustainability, and the dignity of all living things.   By emphasizing collaborative learning, participatory research, community engagement, activism, and cross-cultural competency, Global Studies cultivates critically thinking global citizens who are equipped to respond to the challenges of a diverse, globalized world.

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity