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After careful review, the College has decided to phase out the Global Leadership major over the next few years. No new students will be admitted into this program.

In addition to a liberal arts core curriculum, Global Leadership Studies majors prepare for a variety of careers and success in graduate school by completing a rigorous course load.
Requirements for a major in Global Leadership Studies.
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The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business
The McDonough Center for Leadership and Business
Members of the EXCEL workshop pose while performing community service

What will you learn as a Global Leadership major?

Marietta’s nationally recognized McDonough Leadership Program offers a major that combines a range of international studies courses and foreign languages with a rigorous leadership development component.

The Global Leadership Studies major also includes an international experience component in which students can choose between an Education Abroad (semester or year-long experience), a summer internship abroad, or an extensive service trip abroad.

McDonough Scholars

As a McDonough Scholar, you will become part of a tight-knit cohort of students who take leadership courses and field experiences together until they graduate from Marietta College. Graduates of the Global Leadership Studies major pursue a wide range of careers, including foreign service, diplomacy, law, international business, nonprofit work and teaching English abroad.


Students who apply and are accepted into the Leadership program participate in the EXCEL Workshop — the special orientation event for incoming McDonough Scholars. Students complete a foreign language requirement, as well as choose an area studies focus in either Latin America, Europe or Asia. Other program requirements include a comprehensive leadership oral exam, an international experiential component and complete 125 hours of approved community service.

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Check Out the Four-Year Plan for the Major!

Outcomes — Internships
  • AmeriCorps
  • British Parliament
  • Disney World
  • DriveSPEED Design
  • FedEx
  • FOX News
  • HJ Heinz
  • Honewell Analytic
  • The Study Abroad Foundation
  • White House
Outcomes — Graduate Programs
  • Georgetown University — MBA (Global Business)
  • Harvard University — Law School
  • Emory University — Law School
  • Harvard University — Master of Theological Studies
  • Baylor University — Master of Higher Education Administration
  • George Washington University — M.S. in Forensics Sciences
  • University of Virginia — Master of Public Policy
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology — Ph.D. in in International Psychology
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Will I be required to complete an internship to graduate?

It is not required, but it is one of three options you must complete to graduate. The international experience options, which must be approved by the program chair, are:

  • Study Abroad
  • Summer Internship Abroad
  • Summer Community Service Abroad
Are there specific scholarships for Global Leadership students?

Yes! However, the majority of the scholarships are awarded to students after their first year at Marietta College.

  • The Carl L. Broughton Scholarship is awarded to superior students planning to enter the world of business and who intend to participate in programs for business through the McDonough Center.
  • The Sherrill and Diana Drake Cleland Scholarship is given to a student majoring in International Leadership Studies or minoring in Leadership Studies.
  • The Geon Leadership Scholarship recognizes emerging leaders at Marietta College, especially qualified students in the McDonough Leadership Program.
  • The Study Abroad Grant is awarded to a full-time student to help offset the cost of studying abroad.
  • The Spirit of McDonough Award is a certificate of recognition given to students in the first and second years of the McDonough Leadership Program who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to citizen-leadership development.
  • The William O. Whetsell Community Service Award recognizes a graduating leadership student who has exemplified the service mission of the McDonough Center in the Marietta community. This is a cash prize.
  • The Bernard P. McDonough Leadership Prize is a cash prize given to a graduating leadership student who has distinguished himself or herself as a citizen-leader throughout his or her four years in the McDonough Leadership Program.

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