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Global Leadership Studies

What World Problem Do You Want to Help Solve?

Explore Global Issues and Shape Solutions to the World’s Most Pressing Problems

Global Leadership Studies (GLS) offers you the ability to change the world in very unique ways. As an innovative and interdisciplinary degree, GLS equips you with the skills and knowledge to take your passion for making the world a better place and shape your ideal global career and leadership path in a rapidly changing world.

You’ll engage with different people, ideologies, and cultures through challenging, yet rewarding, academic courses and experiences. You’ll become fluent in leadership, global awareness and cultural identity, preparing you to work in a variety of organizations that operate across cultural, ideological and geographical boundaries.

The GLS major is especially attractive for students who want to gain global competencies in their current career or as they prepare for a career change.

Next Classes Start: January 5

Format: Hybrid, Full-Term, Some Online

Admissions: Transfer as many as 96 Hours

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Valerie Nichols
Global Leadership Studies Program Advisor
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Olivia Whatley
ALUMNI PERSPECTIVE: Olivia Whatley, 2020
- Intern, Foundation for Law and Foreign Affairs

“I chose Global Leadership Studies (GLS) because I’m a big picture person who is globally-minded. I knew that GLS would help foster the leadership abilities I already had and give me the tools to use my global interests to help people. I was an intern for the education department at Thistle Farms, an area non-profit, where I had my first taste of legal writing by creating policy for their sister organizations. I’m going to go to law school in the fall to become an environmental attorney. I want to help people who have been on the receiving end of environmental injustice and maybe one day help write legislation to combat climate change.”



Why Global Leadership Studies at Belmont?

  • Take courses that will build your global expertise in a particular career field, learning to work effectively across cultures.
  • Learn to lead on a global or local scale, have opportunities to study and work abroad, and graduate with immediate relevance in the global realm.
  • General Education requirements and the GLS course requirements can be fulfilled through our 8-week evening semester classes, full-term daytime or evening classes, some onlie or a combination of all.
  • Classmates with common goals: your adult student peers, average age 31, are motivated, experienced professionals balancing the demands of family, work and school.

Interdisciplinary Studies & Global Education

In addition to the expertise of our Adult Degree Program staff, you will also have access to caring faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies & Global Education, home to GLS and other interdisciplinary majors, as well as our nationally ranked study abroad program.

A faculty advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic, study abroad and career interests, and you will be supported by Belmont's Center for Career & Professional Development while you are here and after you leave! Check out some of our global leadership studies changemakers. 

Global Leadership Studies Career Paths

A strong academic and experiential foundation in global awareness, cultural identity and leadership prepares you for a vast amount of career options.The area emphasis of the major, combined with your unique study abroad and work experiences, equip you with a customized set of skills that are valuable to a wide variety of organizations with a global footprint. 

As a graduate of the program, you'll be prepared for a career in government, the non-profit sector, international corporations, humanitarian organizations working with worldwide issues, human rights activism, international relations, language translation, global media and communications, social justice, marketing management, development, missions, economics, global supply chain management, research organizations, education, global social work, law, as well as the transportation, travel, and hospitality industry and more.


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