Global Studies at a glance
The School of Global Studies will prepare you to effectively live and work in cross-cultural settings. You’ll gain exposure to multiple languages, worldviews and strategies to empower social relationships, while gaining biblical and theological knowledge, innovative approaches to intercultural communication, and community building skills. Through an intense integration of theory and practice, you will graduate equipped to learn, lead, and serve in globally diverse communities throughout the world.
The Global Studies program includes a minor of your choice. See below for a list of qualifying minor opportunities.
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- An overview of the program
- Classes you’ll take
- Exciting jobs you can get after graduation
Interested in earning your degree in Global Studies at NCU?
What sets us apart
Choose from one of five Global Studies degree tracks:
- Small Business Entrepreneurship
- Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
- Children and Youth in Global Crisis
- Humanitarian Leadership
- Choose your own track (15 credits from the minor of your choice)
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Global Studies program, you’ll be prepared with:
- A greater understanding and love for God, others, and yourself
- A broader understanding of the world around you
- Theory and practical experience in intercultural service settings
- Biblical, theological, strategic, and practical understanding of world missions
- The ability to disciple, mentor, and build community with others
- Cross-cultural communication skills
Our graduates go on to make significant contributions in a number of fields. Here are some possible career paths:
- Youth work
- Second language
- Nonprofit management
- Human rights
- Urban development
- Global worker
- Church staff
Three Core Areas
When you graduate from Global Studies at NCU you’ll have competencies in three core areas: Biblical Studies, Cultural Studies, and Global Service.
Global Service includes a practical minor in one of the following:
- Teaching English as a foreign language
- Child/youth specialist
- International development
- Media communications
- Computer science
Adalia Cyr '20
"Global Studies is so much more than a department- it’s a family! During my time at North Central, GS gave me the opportunity to learn from incredible professors, engage in cross-cultural ministry and deepen my passion for global missions, all while surrounded by lifelong friends."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Global Studies degree.
Meet one of your professors
Phil Zarns, Ph.D.
Director, School of Global Studies
Phil is a ’00 graduate from North Central, returning to lecture at the University in 2018. Phil has served in Ecclesial roles in the local church, University environments, and as a Global worker. These last 10+ years, he has worked with both AGWM and the Swedish Pentecostal Movement encouraging planting faith communities and working academic endeavors.
What are your areas of expertise?
Missiology and theology, with a focus on constructing biblical understandings of pneumatology. God encourages us to found faith communities in contexts ranging from devout to secular – obedience to his leading is the key to this future work of our Global Workers. “The church does not have a mission; God’s mission has a church.” (Bosch)
What do you love about teaching at North Central?
I’ve learned that Global Studies students both have heart and are smart. Interaction with the students is a highlight of teaching at North Central. The classroom is a test chamber where ideas are exchanged, challenged, and refined. The Global Studies Program equips aspiring Global workers and hopes to send even more to serve the world.
What are your favorite classes to teach?
Cultural Anthropology and God & Religion. C.A. encourages the student to ask the question of ‘Why?’ a culture is functioning in a certain manner. Recognition of one’s cultural lenses will affect how to communicate and interact with both people and challenging environments. G&R considers philosophical constructs shared across the world’s religions. Information changes perspective, and both of these courses expand the quality and quantity of questions our students are able to ask.