Using Your Degree

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.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

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.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities. https://www.aacu.org/leap/what-is-a-liberal-education.

Applying what you've learned through the study of Global Affairs

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.

Global Affairs majors know...

  • 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.

Global Affairs majors can...

  • 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.
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