BA Global Studies
Our BA Global Studies is global in focus and takes an interdisciplinary approach to international issues
and regional study. In addition to core modules concentrating
on global politics and history, you can choose a range of additional options from across
the social sciences and humanities, including sociology, philosophy, literature and art.
Why global studies?
The challenges facing today’s world are profoundly international. Globalisation is seen by many as the defining issue of our age, and we live in a world which is connected as never before. From the migrant crisis to global warming, contemporary challenges require graduates who bring a global perspective and broad skills to the workplace. Our BA Global Studies is designed for just this purpose, providing you with the option to study topics in areas including:
- Art, architecture and their geographical contexts
- International banking
- World technologies
- Modern languages
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Our global staff
You are taught by
staff who bring knowledge and expertise from across the globe
and a wide range of subject areas. these include our Centre
Director, Professor Wayne Martin and director of Liberal Arts, Colin
Professor Wayne Martin
“I am from the USA, but came to Essex ten years ago in part
because of the remarkable global mix of students, staff,
scholarship and activism that is part of the environment here.
My colleagues come from all over the world, and the student body
is as diverse as the United Nations.
“Being at Essex has given me a skill set and a network of
contacts that has made it possible to engage with global
challenges. My current work addresses the global challenges
associated with recognising the rights of persons with
disabilities. Too often, this is the sort of issue that gets
investigated only within one’s home jurisdiction. But at Essex,
we are looking around the world in order to try to advance
reform here in the UK and elsewhere.”
Professor Colin Samson
“I am from the US and Britain. I was educated at the
University of California at Berkeley, the University of Arizona
and the LSE. Most of my career has been spent working with
indigenous peoples in North America, Africa, Latin America and
Asia and writing about their cultural survival.
“Although a sociologist, I am dedicated to both
interdisciplinary study and an international outlook on the
world. My latest book is on colonialism and indigenous peoples.
I teach in Liberal Arts and on modules in Sociology about the
With an Essex degree you can study abroad for up to
a year, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in
another culture and develop your independence, adaptability and cultural
awareness. You can:
- study abroad for a term as part of the standard three-year
- take our four-year course with a full year abroad in
your third year
You can also switch between the three and four-year versions after you've
started if you change your mind.
We strongly encourage you
to take the opportunity to study abroad as it perfectly
complements an interdisciplinary course. While abroad
you can choose to study different subjects to those
you're focusing on at Essex. Alternatively, if you study
the same subjects, you'll gain new perspectives as
subjects are thought about and taught differently in different
countries. Either way, your experiences will influence
your thinking when you return to complete your course.
Gain new language skills
If you're interested in learning a
language, there are lots of options available. You could choose to study a language as part of
your degree by taking language modules. Alternatively you can join our
award-winning Languages for All
programme, enabling you to learn a language outside your course for no extra cost.
Choose from Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin
Chinese, Russian, or Spanish.
If you would like more information about BA Global Studies before
making your application, please
Navigating the Digital World (CS220) (.pdf, restricted to Essex users) is a brand new module starting in
October 2016. This module provides an interdisciplinary,
critical and practical engagement with the increasingly digital world we live in.
frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.
Our graduates acquire an exceptionally diverse range of skills during their time at Essex and have entered a wide variety of industries. Their
stories demonstrate the versatility of an interdisciplinary qualification.
Book a place at one of our open days to see for yourself what we offer.
Academic and support staff will be available to answer your questions,
while a campus tour with our current students allows you to view our
facilities and accommodation.