Benefits of Global Studies:
The most beneficial aspect is the semester abroad requirement. There are a whole lot of different cultures outside the borders of the USA, and as a student of international affairs, I think experiencing different cultures firsthand is an integral aspect of of any globally-based education.
Advice to students:
Don’t be afraid to try new and different things. Also, at least consider a non-traditional study abroad location. A job or graduate school applicant is usually more marketable if he or she spent a semester abroad in Argentina than in Spain.