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Brittney Minichino

Brittney Minichino
B.A. in Global Studies
Penn State Berks

"My name is Brittney Minichino, and I’m a Global Studies student. I chose this major because I wanted a degree that gave me a unique view of the world; I wanted a variety of classes I could take to fulfill my major requirements. I believed that the Global Studies major would challenge me and force me to live outside of my boundaries, and it did just that. Deciding to become a Global Studies major is no easy task for a freshman. This degree not only requires you to take classes on campus, it also requires you to accept the challenge of new experiences."

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Global Studies at Penn State Berks

Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies program offered by Penn State Berks is designed for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with a concentration in global studies. Featuring both active and collaborative classroom experiences in addition to intensive study abroad and internship experiences, this program is designed for students who wish to develop a set of analytical and interpersonal skills that will prepare them for entry-level employment in a wide range of government agencies, non-profit organizations, industries, and businesses.

Because of the flexible and broad nature of the degree, students might also use this major as preparation for graduate or professional school in business, law, or the social sciences. This program differs most notably from traditional majors in international/global studies by requiring core courses in world literature and intercultural communication, while retaining the traditional foreign language, history, and political science emphasis of most other programs. Study abroad and an internship with an international organization are also important features of this degree.

Those taking Global Studies as a major or minor can expect to meet the following program objectives:

  • Students will be able to evaluate global issues theoretically and critically.
  • Students will be able to use appropriate tools (databases, documents, etc.) to critically evaluate global issues and interpret these sources for bias and validity.
  • Students will be able to effectively use information systems.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate and/or conduct research related to global issues.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use oral and written communication skills regarding global issues.

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For program-specific questions, please e-mail program coordinator, Dr. Zohra Guisse (ZXG10@psu.edu) or call 610-396-6197.

For admissions information, contact the Berks Admissions Office at 610-396-6060.