Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies
The Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies is focused on meeting the needs of today’s students for interdisciplinary inquiry and a broad set of skills for lifelong learning.Majors & Minors
Learn about students who studied with CSGS.
- Asiah came into Northeastern as a Nursing major, but quickly switched to a Psychology major. She began her African American Studies minor in her sophomore year.
- Asiah joined SIS (Sisters in Solidarity) in her sophomore year and stayed with the group through her junior year. She loved celebrating Black womanhood and bringing things from the classroom to the group.
- During her Human Services dialogue to London, Asiah took classes while doing an internship where she worked with young adults experiencing homelessness and mental illness.
- One of Asiah's favorite courses at Northeastern was The African-American Experience through Music with Professor Eric Jackson, where she learned about the Slave Bible for the first time.
- Asiah's two fields of study often overlapped. For example, she took a sociology course which discussed implicit bias, and then took an AFAM class with Gia Barboza where they also discussed implicit bias.
- The pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement inspired Asiah to go back into nursing post-grad. She plans to use her Psychology and African American studies knowledge in the field.
- Natalie took Spanish in high school, leading her to continue her study of the language at Northeastern.
- Natalie went on an Honors Pilgrimage Dialogue in Spain with Professor Liz Bucar during her first year.
- The original major that Natalie declared was restructured into the combined major of Spanish and International Affairs.
- Natalie stuck with the major because she enjoyed the classes and loved traveling, and the Spanish major lent itself out to that.
- Natalie studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during her second-year Spring, giving her the chance to take classes that she could not have taken at Northeastern while completing requirements.
- One of Natalie's favorite classes was Latin American Film with Professor José Buscaglia, in which she learned about cultural expression through film.
- Natalie did two Alternative Spring Breaks, one in Texas and one in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, Natalie got to learn about sustainability and a lot of Spanish language around farming...
- Alex's identity as an Asian American fueled her interest in East Asia from middle school and throughout college.
- Alex spent her first year at Smith College, then transferred to Northeastern in her second year.
- Alex decided to double-major in Economics and Asian Studies. She wanted both the quantitative social science experience and a focused humanities education.
- Learning more through Asian Studies helped validate that there was a range of experiences within both Asia and the Asian Diaspora.
- Alex's favorite courses, Chinese Film and Chinese Pop Culture, were taught by Professor Benny Shaffer. She enjoyed being able to connect pop culture to historical and social happenings.
- For her co-op, Alex served as the iCater Admin Assistant for the Pine Street Inn, a leading provider of homelessness services. Her role included social media, event planning, course instruction, and more.
- The co-op fundamentally changed how Alex viewed the world, pushing her to think about how we can go about lessening human suffering...
- Bianca was inspired to go to law school, but also had a passion for studying history. Then, she found the History, Culture, and Law Major at Northeastern.
- Thrilled about both the major and the experiential learning model of Northeastern, she officially transferred in 2020.
- Bianca's major concentration is culture and colonialism, which has allowed for her to revisit her initial studies in philosophy.
- Bianca's positive experiences with the intensive pre-law courses required in the HCL major reinforced her interest in working in law.
- One of Bianca's favorite courses was Criminal Due Process. The professor was a licensed attorney who brought real-life experiences into the classroom.
- Bianca is a part of the Northeastern Feminist Student Organization, which she says keeps her grounded and provides therapeutic learning experiences.
- Once she graduates with her HLC degree, Bianca plans to go to law school and focus on immigration policy. ..
EDUCATING TOMORROW’S CHANGEMAKERS
We drive interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues of pressing concern to society at local, state, national, and international level – from transportation, housing, energy and community development to social and environmental justice, resilience and sustainability.
By educating students in both theory and practice, we prepare them to become effective contributors to social, economic, and environmental change, in careers spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as academic research.
Schools, Departments, and Programs
Africana Studies Program
American Sign Language Program
Asian Studies Program
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Human Services Program
Jewish Studies Program
Philosophy and Religion
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Sociology and Anthropology
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
World Languages Center