Globalization is a multifaceted phenomenon that is making the world more complex and more interconnected culturally, politically, linguistically, and economically. The multidisciplinary major in globalization studies integrates perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, arts, and natural sciences.
Academic focus: Political science and globalization studies double major
Location: Madrid, Spain
Job: Auxiliare de Conversación at a public primary school through the Spanish government
With the encouragement of Kathy Williams in the College’s Center for Career Development, during her senior year, Kumar applied for her teach abroad program. After learning of her placement in Madrid just before graduation, she volunteered at an ESL center on Long Island, and then took a month-long language immersion course in Seville, Spain before starting her placement.
“There are two major factors that contributed to where I am today: my study abroad experience in Geneva, Switzerland, which made me feel passionate about traveling, learning about new cultures, and becoming an active global citizen, and my involvement in the Globalization Studies department, which allowed me to experience courses in many different areas which helped open my mind,” Kumar said.
Academic Focus: Globalization studies major with a concentration in post conflict reconstruction and development in sub-Saharan Africa; peace and justice studies minor
Study Abroad:Heston Summer Experience through the Center for Public Service (CPS) and semester abroad in Uganda and Rwanda through the School for International Training (SIT) in Spring 2010.
“The combination of facilitated classroom discussion, the everyday challenges of learning to manage your life in another culture, and the process of building cross cultural relationships provide the opportunity for unimaginable growth in a relatively short period of time,“ Brookes said.
Current Job: Administrative Support Coordinator at the College Year in Athens, Greece