St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus
As the global community becomes increasingly interdependent, we are faced with new political, cultural, economic, social, and environmental realities, along with many new challenges. In response to these challenges, graduates must enhance their knowledge and skills across national and disciplinary boundaries.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development and Sustainability from St. John’s University, you learn to develop systemic solutions that promote global solidarity and to effectively strategize in response to rapid global change. The program provides you with a broad framework for understanding global and sustainable development, and deepens your knowledge of our global community. You have the option to select either the Science or Social Science program track to fit your individual interests and career goals.
Our thoroughly interdisciplinary curriculum incorporates courses from across the liberal arts. Grounded in our University Mission, the program also incorporates Academic-Service Learning, as well as study abroad and global internship opportunities to enhance your professional and international experience.
Barbara Koziak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Director
St. John Hall, 234J
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online.
The B.A. in Global Development and Sustainability curriculum includes an array of interdisciplinary courses from across the liberal arts, an internship experience, and a capstone seminar. You also complete four elective courses from the program track you choose.
GDS 1000/ANT 1200
Theories in Global and Sustainable Development
GDS 2000/ANT 2200
Health, Food, and the Environment
Language and Intercultural Communication
Economic Growth and Development
Politics of Developing Countries
One language course at the 3000 level
Capstone Seminar in Global and Sustainable Development
Choose from among approved electives in either the Social Science or Science track
Choose four courses (12 credits) from among the following:
Culture and Global Change
Food and Culture
Anthropology of Development
International Communication and Global Development
Comparative Economic Systems
Methods of Environmental Analysis
Politics of Environment and Development
Transnational Politics of Gender
History of Human Rights and Social Justice
Gender and Development
Introduction to General Chemistry
Global Environmental Politics and Policies
Principles and Practices of Sustainable Development
World Regional Geography
Natural Resources and World Development
Issues in Environmental Conservation
Science of Weather
Energy and Environment
As a St. John’s University student, you benefit from our enviable location in dynamic New York City. Through our renowned faculty and Office of Career Services, you have access to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.
You also have the opportunity for an international academic or internship experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters.
As a graduate with a degree in Global Development and Sustainability, you can pursue domestic or international careers, as well as careers in more socially-oriented occupations or in economically-focused fields. You may find yourself working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in government, or in the private sector.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 13 percent through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The program's internship requirement integrates practical and theoretical knowledge, allowing you to build a network for your career. You may also opt to pursue an advanced degree in Global Development and Social Justice, Government and Politics, or Public Health, all of which are available at St. John's.
Our vibrant service communities and networks throughout New York, Rome, and Paris help connect you with a meaningful career path.