Majors and Minors


If you have questions contact:
Professor Jeff Gulati
Public Policy Major Advisor
Morison 275

 The realm of public policy encompasses virtually all aspects of contemporary society-economic development, financial markets, health care, education, poverty, crime, the environment, tecnology, national security and immigration. These complex and often connected issues increasingly demand rich and sophisticated understanding of the actions of governmental institutions and the motivations of political actors and other stakeholders in a global political environment. The nature of public policy is such that its development almost always involves non-governmental institutions and actors. Businesses, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, interest groups, academic and legal experts and the public -at-large all play a role in shaping public policy priorities, the public discourse about those priorities, implementation of public policies and the evaluation of policy outcomes

What will my experience be like as a Public Policy major?

As a public policy major, students build on their classroom knowledge by participating in applied learning experiences. You can take advantage  of our many intership opportunities available through a semester away program in Washington D.C. or at local organizations including the Massachusetts State House, a state agency, local government, and numerous nonprofit and private organizations. You may also choose to have an international internship experience while studying abroad for a summer or entire semester. By participating in these opportunities, you will gain valuable real-world experience, learn about diverse people and perspectives, and gain a new skills for living and working in a global community.


You must complet eight courses to fulfill the Public Policy major.  Three of these are required:

  • GLS 101 Globalization
  • GLS 230 Politics and Public Policy
  • GLS 404 Seminar in Government

In addition, you must choose two of the following classes on policy and political institutions:

  • GLS 205 Social Policy
  • GLS 225 Politics and Urban Economy in the US
  • GLS 226 US Foreign Policy
  • GLS 234 Politics of Communications Policy
  • GLS 243  The Developing World
  • GLS 312 International Organizations
  • GLS 316 International Politics

You can choose your remaining three courses that fit your own interest and are among approved classes in political science & global studies, law, economics, sociology, and other departments across campus.

Business Studies Major or Minor - The Public Policy maor also requires that you complete either a major or minor in Business Studies


If you have questions contact:
Professor Joni Seager
Global Studies Major Advisor
Morison 204

Business needs professionals who understand how to interact with people from other cultures and make decisions based on complex political, geographic, and economic issues. The Global Studies major will give you a strong background in the major issues that impact international business today: geography, politics, culture, language, international relations and economics. In today's global economy, change is constant and rapid. You must understand a broad range of cultural perspectives and economic issues to achieve personal and professional success. Here in the Global Studies department, we strive to help you develop an understanding of international cultures and business practices to best meet the demands of an increasingly competitive global economy.

What will my experience be like as a Global Studies Major? 

As a Global Studies major, you will be surrounded by opportunities to further your knowledge of locations around the world and to seek out personal experiences that will enrich your life and contribute to these future success.  These opportunities include study abroad programs offered through the Cronin Office of International Education to countries including Brazil, Chile China, Germany, Ghana, Japan and Morocco. In addition, the Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) offers live video and computer conferencing, a multimedia library of instructional materials, and access to international satellite broadcasting to enhance your classroom learning. You can choose to further your classroom knowledge through our hands-on learning programs: corporate partnerships, internships, service-learning and study abroad. By participating in these opportunities, you will gain valuable real-world experience, learn about diverse people and perspectives and gain new skills for living and working in a global community.


  • 2 GLS courses from: 101 or 110 - 119
  • 2 GLS courses at the 200 level or above
  • 3 GLS electives
  • One Economics elective

GLS 102: Comparative Government is a required General Education course

International Experience
Global studies majors are required to study abroad for a semester or the equivalent in short term programs, internships, or other experience approved by the department. The  global experience  requirement allows students to become acquainted with another culture, expand  global perspective and support  modern language studies. 

Modern Language
The global studies major includes a modern language requirement. Students selecting French, Italian or Spanish must complete at least one course at the 300 level. Students selecting other languages must complete the intermediate sequence and are encouraged to take additional courses is possible. 

Business Studies Major or Minor
A Global Studies major requires that you complete either a major or minor in Business Studies.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Learn more about the learning goals and objectives for the Global Studies major. 


If you have questions contact:
Professor Bonnie Field
Global Studies Minor Coordinator
Morison 178

The minor in global studies provides business students with an interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary global issues. Focusing on the international, economic, political, and cultural interactions that create the modern global business environment, the GLS minor is an excellent way to help prepare for the many business careers that require background knowledge of international affairs. Liberal arts majors desiring to add an international dimension to their Bentley education may also choose the GLS minor.


Option A:  Short Term Program

  • One GLS course from: 101 or 110 - 119 
  • One GLS course 200  level or above
  • One GLS Elective
  • One three credit Short-Term Program

 Option B:  Semester/Summer Abroad

  • One GLS  course from: 101 or 110 - 119 
  • Two internationally-oriented courses at a partner institution of Education Abroad
  • One GLS  course 200  level or above


If you have questions contact:
Professor Joao Resende-Santos
Politics Minor Coordinator
Morison 177

The minor in politics enables students majoring in either business or liberal arts to focus on selected areas of study of government, politics and policy. Areas of study may include topics such as American Politics or International Politics. In addition to its own inherent value, a politics minor provides useful basis for studies in many other more specialized areas of knowledge such as marketing, management, public policy, organizational behavior, business communication, human resources, social work, and education.


 Four GLS courses in political science from the list below, one of which must be at the 200 level or above.

GLS 100 US Government and Politics
GLS 102 Comparative Government and Politics
GLS 105 US State and Local Government and Politics
GLS 116 International Relations
GLS 205 Social Policy: Privatization of Public Benefits
GLS 225 Politics and Urban Economy in US
GLS 226 US Foreign  Policy
GLS 230 Politics and Public Policy
GLS 234 Politics of Communications Policy
GLS 236 Campaigns and Elections
GLS 238 Immigration
GLS 242 Current Political Issues
GLS 243 The Developing World
GLS 248 Business and Politics of News Media
GLS 250 Contemporary Latin America
GLS 260 Business and Politics in East Asia
GLS 262 Politics in the  Middle East
GLS 270 Contemporary Europe
GLS 272 European Politics and Integration
GLS 303 Democratization
GLS 312 International Organizations
GLS 313 Political Thought From a Global Perspective
GLS 316 International Politics
GLS 335 Contemporary Issues in Global Politics
GLS 349 The Politics of International Business
GLS 352 Advanced Topics in Latin American Politics
GLS 403 Model United Nations
GLS 404 Seminar in Global Studies
GLS 405 Seminar in Government
GLS 422 Internship in Government

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