Global Affairs Programs

Trinity’s Global Affairs program teaches students the skills to navigate, serve, and lead on a global scale. It features a Global Affairs major with four areas of concentration:

  • Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Security
  • Global Economics and Business
  • Africana Studies
  • Latin American Studies

The Global Affairs major prepares graduates for a variety of careers including as journalists, policy analysts, legislative assistants, diplomats and researchers. This major also provides an excellent foundation for law school or graduate school in international affairs, political science, history, and public policy.

The Global Affairs program also offers major programs in Political Science and History, and minor programs in Global Affairs, Political Science, History, Africana Studies, and Environmental Justice.

Trinity programs are among the most affordable in the region, and customized financial aid packages are available.

Contact a Trinity Admissions Recruiter: (202) 884-9400

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Majors & Minors within Global Affairs

Africana Studies (Minor)
Examine the history, politics, and cultures of the African and African-descended people across the Diaspora
Environmental Justice (Minor)
Advocate for equity in environmental policies
Global Affairs, B.A. (Weekdays for Women)
Gain the skills required to engage, lead, and serve on the global stage.
Human Relations, B.A. (Weekdays for Women)
Study and understand human behavior from both a psychological and a sociological perspective -- and take that knowledge to a career anywhere you dream.
Language and Cultural Studies (Minor)
Fluency in another language and experiencing the culture of its speakers are skills that help to cement a liberal education that is truly global in breadth and hands-on in practice.
Political Science, B.A. (Weekdays for Women)
study politics and government while actively participating in the political process, and develop much-needed dedication and leadership qualities that can help form a more just society.

About Global Affairs at Trinity Washington

Study Abroad

Study AbroadThe Global Affairs major integrates and builds on Trinity’s outstanding programs in the areas described above, with real world experience including Trinity’s storied Study Abroad program, through the Career Services Office. Get experience that will supercharge your career studying outside of the United States. A study abroad experience is one of the best ways to increase student awareness of the global community, in addition to gaining proficiency in another language and studying the political, social and economic issues facing a particular region. In the past, Trinity students have studied abroad in countries such as Egypt, the Czech Republic, Japan, Russia, Cyprus, Mexico, Brazil, Senegal, Lebanon, Paris, Buenos Aires, London and Spain! Learn more about Trinity’s Study Abroad Program at our Study Abroad Hub.

Student Opportunities:

The Global Leadership Initiative – Summer Research Awards

In addition to the Mellon Summer Research Awards, the Trinity Global Leadership Initiative will offer a small number of summer research grants with the same terms and conditions as the Mellon awards ($2000 for eight weeks of research). These will be for projects specifically related to global affairs and public policy.

The Global Leadership Initiative- Summer Internship

Students may obtain up to $2500 to support a summer internship of at least five weeks in duration relevant to global leadership, including in politics, international affairs, social justice, and other fields. Particular attention will be given to applications for internships that address issues related to racial justice, though this is not required.

The Frederick Douglass Fellowship

The Frederick Douglass Fellowship is a scholarship for summer study abroad available for students at Minority Serving Institutions like Trinity. It pays for all fees associated with a four-week, for-credit summer program through Trinity’s study abroad partner, CIEE. Moreover, all qualifying applicants applying for the fellowship will automatically receive $1500 off tuition, even if they don’t get the fellowship. Trinity has agreed to match this $1500, meaning that all applicants will receive a total of $3000 off the cost of tuition at these programs, just for applying.

The Rangel Program

The Rangel Program is a U.S. State Department program administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.

The Pickering Fellowship

The Pickering Fellowship is a graduate fellowship program, similar to the Rangel, that prepares young people for careers in the Foreign Service. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

For more information on all of these opportunities, please check out our comprehensive guide.