• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities
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Global Studies



Ripon College’s Global Studies major addresses the dramatically accelerating interdependence of our world in every sphere. Students who will live the bulk of their lives in the 21st century are prepared to take advantage of the many new opportunities for cooperation and mutually beneficial partnerships which transcend national boundaries.

Global compression and radical increases in mobility – of people, resources and information – will simultaneously will create some negative reactions and new arenas for possible conflict. Global Studies students develop a broad, deep comprehension of the cultural, social, political, economic and scientific forces that will shape this new era.

Program Spotlight


Brian Bockelman

Brian Bockelman

Associate Professor of History, Chair of History Department

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Dominique Poncelet


Core courses: GLB 111 and 112. Foreign Language: completed coursework or demonstrated competence through the fifth semester of college work. All language courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Those studying a foreign language other than their primary foreign language as part of a study-abroad program may count that experience as their fifth semester of foreign language work. Study Abroad: at least one semester in a study abroad program endorsed by Ripon College or approved by the coordinator of Global Studies. Senior Seminar: GLB 501 and GLB 502.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

Global studies can lead to careers in a variety of fields in the United States and abroad. The foreign language competence and international experience our graduates possess make them attractive and valuable to employers.

Recent graduates have taken many paths, including graduate school programs in international affairs, accounting and public service. They also continue on in careers as lawyers, international analysts and educators. Their job titles include lawyer, associate linguistic validation project manager, analyst–international division, flood recovery worker and English teacher in China.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • Through the Department of Educational Studies, certification in political science is available in early adolescence/adolescence (grades 6-12).
  • Advanced students may obtain credit for internship work in companies, agencies and charitable organizations dealing with foreign countries or global issues.
  • Students are invited to participate with foreign students in an active International/Multicultural Club, attend Sunday night foreign films, eat at foreign-language tables in the dining hall and go on field trips to culturally diverse festivals, performances and exhibits.