Global Studies

Ph. D in Global Studies

The Ph.D. in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, administered by the Department of Political Science, with an interdisciplinary faculty group representing a range of disciplines, including Economics, Education, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Psychology, Criminal Justice and Political Science.

The doctoral degree in Global Studies at UMass Lowell is an interdisciplinary, research-oriented degree, designed fro students and practitioners who seek advanced interdisciplinary education to develop their ability to analysis problems, policies and programs and to facilitate a sophisticated understanding of the crucial challenges facing the world today. Our innovative interdisciplinary program trains students in social scientific methods and inquiry, while offering a strong foundation in humanities-based theory and knowledge. The Program has three areas of study:

  1. Conflict, Cooperation, Security an Human Rights
  2. International Political Economy, Trade and Development
  3. Theory in Global Studies

For More Information, Please visit the Global Studies Doctoral Program page.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Utilize qualitative and/or quantitative methods to conduct research on major issues related to globalization.
  2. Assess the effectiveness of organizations and programs.
  3. Publicize best practices and innovative findings through teaching, presentations, and publications in various formats.

Graduates of the program will also demonstrate the following knowledge competencies:

  1. Globally shared political, social, economic and security issues.
  2. Current academic research in the fields covered by two of the program areas of study (Conflict, Cooperation, Security and Human Rights; International Political Economy, Trade and Development; or Theory in Global Studies) as well as a broad familiarity with key topics in all three areas.
  3. An understanding of the key concepts, theories, and methodology in the new and emerging field of Global Studies.
  4. An understanding of the diverse aspects of global civil society--such as political economy, security, human rights, religion, ethical and historical perspectives--that affect our contemporary world in significant ways.
  5. A working knowledge of the organizations, institutions and global systems having important roles in the development and maintenance of global civil society, human rights and social justice and economic growth and stability.
  6. Advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods.