Global Studies


Want to study international human rights and social movements on the Western slope?  Join the new emphasis in Global Studies, the only one of its kind on Colorado’s Western slope, explore the world beyond our borders, help find solutions to global problem and become inspired to make a difference in the world. 

Global Studies emphasis in Politics and Government: why have one?

The Politics and Government program at Western State Colorado University offers its students an opportunity to take a variety of courses in Constitutional Law, Environmental Politics, State and Local Government, advanced theory courses and various special topics courses in International and Comparative Politics.  The Politics and Government program also sponsors two student organizations, the Politics Club and the NMUN club that draw upon student talent and help showcase the program outside Kelley Hall and all the way to New York.

The program has an important normative/theoretical focus and has always aimed at challenging students how to think and write critically. This, to date, continues to be one of its main strengths as well.

Beyond the Classroom:

Don’t forget getting involved with the Model UN club on campus, only one of three Model UN University teams in Colorado.  Become a student in the fastest growing emphasis nationwide within Political Science Departments and get to know the world, its people and problems as a Western student. 

What will you learn:   

The program is an interdisciplinary course of study focusing on the study of foreign policy, human rights, social movements, political economy, world politics, international organizations and theory within the Politics and Government program; regional studies within the History and Geography programs and international development courses in the Economics program. 

After Graduation:

Graduating as a Politics and Government major with a comprehensive emphasis in Global Studies will not only have prepared you for careers with international non-profit, various non-governmental organizations, the US government and law school, but will also have provided you with an opportunity to learn about the world from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining Politics and Government courses with courses in Geography, Economics and History.  Some possible career paths for majors include:

  • Peace Corp volunteer
  • Teacher
  • NGO work
  • US government work
  • International human rights law
  • Diplomacy
  • National Security
  • State and regional organizations

Faculty & Staff


Assistant Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., James Madison University, M.A., University Colorado at Boulder , Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Phone: (970) 943-3025
Office Location: Kelley 205
Professor of Politics and Government
B.A., Louisiana State University, M.A., Arizona State University, Ph.D., Lancaster University
Phone: (970) 943-3024
Office Location: Kelley Hall 204