Mason’s Global Affairs degree is for students who are interested in the cultural, political, economic, and ecological dimensions of globalization. Coursework in the program examines the role of international and local-level actors in these processes and the different ways globalization is experienced across the world.
Global Affairs students gain a sophisticated understanding of issues such as climate change, pandemics, refugee crises, global media, international trade, transnational crime, and the work of international organizations. The program is interdisciplinary and core courses in the major are drawn from fields like economics, government, cultural studies, and environmental policy, providing the foundation for this understanding.
All Global Affairs students also choose a thematic concentration (e.g. Global Governance or Media, Communication & Culture) or a regional one (e.g. Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America) to tailor their degree to their interests and career goals. Our graduates pursue global careers in a variety of fields, including climate change communication, international security and intelligence, global health, international development, law, business, and media.
Mason Korea Global Affairs students do not just study globalization, they live it. Students divide their time between Song-do and Fairfax. The proximity of our two campuses to two capitals and global centers home to important international organizations such as the Green Climate Fund, the World Bank, IMF, and many NGOs, think tanks, media organizations, and international companies create unique opportunities.
All students have opportunities to:
Students may also apply for one of the following specialized programs by contacting their GLOA advisor early in the semester before transitioning to Fairfax: