The master's degree program in Cross-Cultural and Global Studies is designed for students interested in developing knowledge and skills appropriate to working in cross-cultural environments. The program focuses on understanding cultural dynamics, appreciating cultural diversity, and negotiating differences between cultures and societies with the goal of bridging these differences.
Curriculum and Instruction
In this program you will have the unique opportunity to create a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary learning experience focused on understanding diversity:
- Conflict resolution and mediation through courses which provide skills to apply in a number of cross-cultural institutional environments, such as corporate, religious, legal, educational, grassroots, nonprofit, or international non-governmental organizations
- Regional and area studies through concentrated courses on Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, which emphasize global perspectives. Students have participated in Model Arab League at the regional and national level and have won scholarships to study overseas.
- Interdisciplinarity through courses in Anthropology, History, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, and Geography which offer different approaches to the study of cultural diversity.
- A Capstone experience that is either practically oriented in an internship or focused on conducting original research in a thesis or a project. Past internships have included Multicultural Offices in higher education institutions, health and human rights initiatives, and non-governmental organizations.
A degree in Cross-Cultural Studies can be a springboard to a successful career in a number of professions, especially in Houston, the most diverse city in the country. You can:
- Conduct research or otherwise build a career working for local and international non-profit organizations and social service agencies, focusing on refugees, human rights, family, healthcare and much more
- Work in human resources, especially in diversity management, talent management, and/or training
- Work at educational institutions in international student advising and counseling or international education
- Join cultural centers, museums, and other institutions addressing diversity and cross-cultural understanding
- Serve as a cultural interlocutor between health care professionals and patients in the medical field
- Apply your skills in the field of cross-cultural consultancy in the business or public sector
- Pursue a doctoral degree in a discipline of your choice
- Teach diversity related courses at the secondary or junior college levels
- Join any office that has a concern for fostering effective cross-cultural communication and nurturing cultural diversity
To learn more about the Cross-Cultural and Global Studies program, contact:
Dr. Maria Curtis, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Studies
Program Director, Cross-Cultural Studies
Human Sciences and Humanities
Academic Advising Office
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1098