Your global studies major at Gardner-Webb will provide you with a uniquely interdisciplinary education, linking the social sciences and humanities with other international systems such as the environment and the economy.

Department of Social Sciences

Global Studies

Your major in global studies will provide you with a uniquely interdisciplinary education, linking the social sciences and humanities with other international systems such as the environment and the economy. Though based in Gardner-Webb’s Social Sciences Department, you will be taking courses in other departments to complete your major.


Our Faculty members offer comprehensive expertise in a diverse array of fields including: international relations, conflict and peace building, non-governmental organizations, food security, conflict resolution, global development, social change, and more.


You’ll develop important skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing and oral communication. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the social, political, historical, and cultural forces influencing and changing local, national, and international communities.


When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for great career opportunities in a wide range of fields and with many institutions: politics and government, the non-profit and private sectors, civil society, the intelligence and defense communities, law, public and international service, and academia.


Gardner-Webb's Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society and the human past, in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to effect positive change. The Global Studies major is offered with this mindset, helping students understand the connection between international politics and religion, global involvement and spiritual faith.


Study Abroad

Opportunities for study abroad will allow you to expand your learning outside of the classroom and across the globe. Previous study abroad opportunities have included Strasbourg and Berlin.


Model Arab League/ Model NATO

As a member of our Model Arab League or Model NATO teams, you’ll get to develop your critical thinking, public speaking, and debate skills in competitions against other schools.


Pre-Law/ Public Service Organization

The Department of Social Sciences is home to the pre-law/public service group which provides support for students who wish to pursue legal and public vocations. You’ll get to connect with and ask questions of local professionals.


College Democrats

The GWU College Democrats is a student-led organization promoting political involvement around progressive causes.


College Republicans

The GWU College Republicans organization promotes Republican values and helps students develop strong leadership abilities.



We will work with you individually to help you find an internship matching your own unique interests in order to expand your learning in a professional setting. Recent internship opportunities have taken students to work with legislators and government agencies in Washington, DC, and Raleigh; with district attorneys in Florida; on human rights campaigns in Chicago; as a religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill; and with non-governmental organizations in the United States, South Africa, and Europe. Students have also used The Washington Center for Academics and Internships and the Washington Program of Georgetown University to diversify their summer internship options. An internship or study-aboard experience is a necessary component of the Global Studies major.



Your degree in global studies will help you contribute to the global community in many positive ways. You could pursue careers in policy analysis and government, international service and law, diplomacy and human rights, journalism, education, international development, global networking and organization, international business, or the expanding range of opportunities found in global civil society.



Many GWU global studies alumni are now pursuing graduate study at institutions such as Virginia Tech and University of North Carolina at Charlotte and law school at universities like the University of North Carolina, George Washington University, George Mason University, and University of California at Davis.


Dr. Michael Kuchinsky,

Associate Professor of Political Science, Coordinator of Global Studies

Phone: (704) 406-3806