The Hillyer College global studies concentration grounds students in the history and theory of globalization and allows them to grapple with its complex and multifaceted aspects from economic, political, cultural, and sociological perspectives.
This concentration is part of the Hillyer College liberal arts core curriculum, which facilitates the transfer of credits within the University of Hartford. Students who complete their Hillyer College requirements in the recommended two years not only receive an Associate of Arts degree but also are prepared to complete most baccalaureate degrees offered by the University within a total of four years.
The global studies concentration, which includes opportunities for international faculty-led travel, prepares students to better navigate and understand their own place in a world of ever-accelerating global exchanges. The program requires students to take five courses, while emphasizing academic preparedness for possible transfer into the University's College of Arts and Sciences and the Barney School of Business.
The global studies program helps ready students for majors in the liberal arts, communication, or business. Today, a global perspective is important not only for these areas of academic focus but also for success in most business and professional careers.
In addition to giving students a foundation in global perspectives and history, the global studies concentration fosters a global viewpoint by allowing students to choose from a wealth of courses on non-Western cultures. Some of the courses are offered by Hillyer College and some by the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Examples of non-Western courses from a curriculum of more than 20 courses available to global studies students are Literature Across Cultures, Global Pop Music, Atlantic History, Cultural Anthropology, Modern African History, and Politics of the Third World.