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Global Studies

Preparing for Work with Non-Profits

The Global Studies develops the tools needed to analyze, define, and address the most significant global issues emerging in the 21st century--- from human trafficking and refugees to global health and the environment. Our NGO Speakers' Series offers exposure to leaders and professionals who discuss the benefits and challenges of careers in the non-governmental sector. Preparing students to move from theory to practice is one of the defining features of the Global Studies program, where students gain critical skills that provide traction in the job market.

The Global Studies offers:

  • Intensive training in research, analysis, and writing;
  • Solid foundation in the theories and practices related to global issues;
  • Development of skills and expertise valued within a broad range of professions impacted by globalization, such as non-profits, NGOs, and international service agencies;
  • Evidence-based practices, including program management and assessment; 
  • Practical exercises related to NGO development, fund raising, building boards of directors, and connecting with a broad network of practitioners in the field;
  • Op-eds and policy memo exercises designed to build communication skills with broader audiences;
  • Speakers' series providing exposure to NGO representatives across a range of organizations offering in-depth knowledge about their field. 

Global Studies | Heller Courses Available

In addition to the Global Studies core curriculum, students are encouraged to enroll in half-semester skills courses at Brandeis' Heller School of Social Policy and Management. Two half-semester classes may serve in the place of one elective within your concentration. Classes include but are not limited to:

    • HS 143 1 – Social Justice and Philanthropy
    • HS 207F – Ecology of Health
    • HS 210A – Coexistence and Conflict: Theory and Analysis
    • HS 220A – Strategies for Coexistence Interventions
    • HS 220F – Energy, Security in a Carbon Constrained World
    • HS 225A – Fundraising and development
    • HS 236A – International Health Systems and Development
    • HS 237F – Applied Cost-Benefit Analysis for Development Practitioners
    • HS 244A – Responsible Negotiation
    • HS 266A – Introduction to Economics for Development Practitioners
    • HS 277f – Introduction to Planning and Implementation
    • HS 282F – Environmental Impact Assessment
    • HS 283F – Gender and Development
    • HS 292F – Critical Thinking and Advanced Professional Writing
    • HS 297F – Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
    • HS 299F – NGOs: Strategic Planning
    • HS 306F – Survey Design and Data Analysis for Development
    • HS 310F – Intro to Education and Development 
    • HS 312F – International Perspectives on Youth Policy and Programs 
    • HS 319F – Ethics, Rights, and Development
    • HS 325F – Right to Water
    • AAAS 126B – Political Economy of the Third World
    • AMST 123B – Interfaith, Interethnic, Interracial America
    • AAAS 158A – Interfaith, Interethnic, Interracial America
    • ANTH 113B 1 –Race and Ethnicity: Anthropological Perspectives
    • ANTH 142 1 – EGlobal Pandemics: History, Society, and Policy
    • ANTH 158A – Urban Worlds
    • BUS/ECON 265A – Business and Economic Strategies in Emerging Markets
    • HIST 156A – US Responses to Global Inequality
    • HSSP 102A – Global Perspectives on Health
    • NEJS 183B –Global Jewish Literature
    • SOC 189B – Sociology of Body and Health

We also advise students to attend the Heller School's Career Seminars to review opportunities for employment after graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to attend at least four seminars throughout the year.