This page will help you understand the ways your Global Affairs degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Global Affairs, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.
Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
CHSS drives our community forward in advancing cutting-edge research, impactful service, and critical competencies for today's global and knowledge-based economy. A CHSS education is essential in preparing Mason students to navigate complexity, diversity, and change.
Through coursework, study abroad, internships, and research opportunities, Global Affairs majors are able to see all sides of the most pressing problems facing the world today with a flexible curriculum offering an interdisciplinary perspective. With Mason’s faculty of both scholars and practitioners, not only will you be encouraged to confront contemporary challenges but you will be given the tools to develop multi-faceted solutions. Whether your interests are in the struggles of refugees and migrants, the perils of climate change, or the potentials of social entrepreneurship, Global Affairs has the flexibility for you to find your career path, whether in the public or private sector, at home or abroad.
the interconnectedness, difference, and diversity of a global society, including the ways global issues are influenced by individual and collective responses to global challenges
the global nature of local problems, issues, ideas, and actions
the substantive issues at stake within world regions and cross-cutting global themes offered in Global Affairs concentrations and how to apply the major concepts and theories needed to investigate, analyze, or make predictions regarding these issues.
act with a global mindset: Consider values, ethics, and identity; use a social justice perspective, intercultural skills, and sense of responsibility in decision-making.
design, use, or maintain databases and software applications, such as geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and artificial intelligence tools.
articulate the global nature of local problems, issues, ideas, and actions.
recognize and integrate multiple perspectives and positions for devising analytical, practical, or creative responses to global challenges
use major concepts and theories used in Global Affairs to investigate, analyze, or make predictions about substantive issues within and across world regions and cross-cutting global themes
develop and test theories about substantive regional and global issues, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources.