Success Stories in Global & Cultural Studies


Global & Cultural Studies majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them.

Alumni who enter the professional arena have taken jobs in fields that include education, law, communications, public service, and tourism, and for development and government agencies both in the U.S. and abroad. 

Colleen Daly

Colleen Daly ’12

East Hampton, NY

I chose GCS because it is inherently interdisciplinary. I knew that I wanted to focus my studies on a particular topic (the use of performance in revolutions of the Black Diaspora) and saw that GCS would allow me to take a smattering of classes from Anthropology, History, Political Science, and more. Plus, the professors at Whittier are absolutely incredible. Because of GCS, I was able to take classes with so many more than I would have if I had majored in a more specifically designed discipline. Read more.

Melanie K. Abe

Melanie K. Abe ’10

Field Representative
Office of Representative Julia Brownley (CA-26)

"When I was young, I wanted to be able to understand how laws and policies were created in order to help the less fortunate populations in my community. From there, I  became interested in the ways in which economic, social, political, and cultural factors influence policy and the role our government plays on local, state, federal, and international levels. As  I started to think about my future career, I knew that I wanted to serve my country as a public servant." Read more.

Janina ManiaolJanina Maniaol ’08

Office of Technology Licensing
Stanford University

"I was so happy the day I discovered what being a GCS major entailed. The program was everything that I was interested in, rolled into one layered and flexible major. GCS advocated (and basically required) that I go out and get real experience outside of the classroom - immersion experiences like study abroad and internships for credit were already carved into the major. You were expected to think outside of the box, and it was understood that something like culture can't be learned solely on paper, it has to be experienced first-hand." Read more.