Global Studies (B.A.)

The Global Studies program is designed for students passionate about understanding and being active participants in a globalized world. Students learn about global institutions, issues, and movements from an interdisciplinary perspective by:

  1. developing language skills, which are essential to global communication and cultural understanding;
  2. taking core courses in humanities and social sciences that provide students with an interdisciplinary and theoretical introduction to global studies; and,
  3. specializing in global politics and economies, health and environment, and cultures and identities.

Throughout the curriculum students will think critically about questions related to global justice, inequality, how globalization impacts different cultures and regions around the world, and the responsibilities of global citizenship. A Global Studies major can prepare students for careers in government, diplomacy, law, health professions, teaching, research, non-governmental organizations, development, and business.

Through the program students will.
  1. demonstrate intermediate-level skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in one language other than English, or elementary-level skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in two languages other than English.
  2. analyze ways in which global issues intersect with the individual and the social with respect to gender, sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity.
  3. describe the processes of globalization from economic, political, environmental, historical, and cultural perspectives and how these processes impact social structures and people's everyday lives.
  4. connect globalization and global issues to the local, the regional (as it relates to regional issues within nation states), and the national.

Students wishing to pursue the major in global studies should meet with the program director and the undergraduate advisor in Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures for advising.

 

Students should refer to the CMLLC program requirements for admission, degree, and general education requirements.

Major requirements consist of a minimum of 33 credits distributed as follows:

Language Courses
Select a minimum of three courses or 9 credits beyond 2010 in the same language sequence or complete the three-semester basic language sequence in a second language 19-12
Core Courses
GLS 2700(PL) Introduction to Global Stories3
GLS 2800(SS) Introduction to Global Issues and Institutions3
GLS 3700(SS) Globalization: Theories, Practices, Implications3
Writing Intensive
GLS 5993(WI) Writing Intensive Course in Global Studies0
Students must co-register for GLS 5993 and a 4000-level or above course from the following: 2
Readings in the History of Modern China
Readings in History of Pre-Modern Japan
Modern Japan
Gender in Modern East Asia
International Trade
International Finance
Introduction to Development Economics
Italian Cinema
Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf
History and Development of Islamic Political Thought
Muslim Personal Law
Quran: History and Interpretation
Topics in Middle Eastern Studies
Islam and the Challenge of Modernity
Foreign Policies of Major Powers
Politics of Europe and the European Union
History and Development of Islamic Political Thought
United States Foreign Relations Law
Electives from Three Areas of Focus
Students must take a minimum of fifteen credits from the following areas of focus: Global Politics and Economics, Global Health and Environment, Global Culture and Identities (see Areas of Focus tab) 315
Total Credits33-36
1

For language courses, please see languages offered in Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students must receive a passing grade (C) in their language courses for them to count towards the GLS major.

2

Students must receive permission from the instructor and sign the WI contract, to be turned in to the GLS director. Students must receive a passing grade (S) on their WI project, the equivalent of a C. 

3

Areas of focus allow students to specialize within the program in ways that enhance their academic and professional goals. A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 4000-level or above. 

 

Areas of Focus

Students must take a minimum of fifteen credits from the following areas of focus:

Global Cultures and Identities

Ethnicity/Race/Migration/Immigration/Urbanization
ANT 3540(FC) Cultures and Societies of Latin America3
ANT 5060Urban Anthropology3
HIS 5210The Peopling of Modern America, 1790-1914: A History of Immigration3-4
GER/POL/RUS/SLA 3410(FC) New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience3
HIS 5220The Changing Shape of Ethnic America: World War I to the Present3-4
LAS/HIS 5239Latin American Migration to the United States3
LAS/HIS 5234Race in Colonial Latin America3
US 4510Cities and Regions3
Cultures: Non-region specific
ANT 3100Cultures of the World3-4
ANT 3310Language and Culture3
ENG 5080Topics in Global and Transnational Studies3
HIS 5385History of Christianity to the Reformation3
LIN 2730(FC) Languages of the World3
LIN 5320Language and Societies3
PHI 3700(PL) Philosophy of Art3
Cultures: Africa
AFS 3610(FC) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Foreign Culture: The Africans4
ANT 3520(FC) Understanding Africa: Past, Present and Future3
HIS 1610(HS) African Civilizations Since 18003-4
HIS 3140African American History I: 1400-18653-4
HIS 3330Civilizations of the Nile Valley: Egypt and Nubia4
Cultures: Central/Eastern Europe
GKM 3590(HS) Byzantine Civilization3
GER 2310(PL) Short Fiction from Central Europe and Russia3
HIS 3490History of Russia and Eurasia to 19174
HIS 5490His: Russia & Eurasia to 19174
HIS 5495History of the Russian Revolution3-4
HIS 5500The Soviet Union4
POL 2710(FC) Survey of Polish Culture3
POL 3700The Changing Face of Europe1-2
POL 3750(VP) Polish and Yugoslavian Cinema3
POL 3800Topics in Slavic Studies3
RUS 2710(FC) Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUS 2991(PL) Understanding the Fairy Tale3
RUS 3600(PL) Nineteenth Century Russian Literature3
RUS 3650(PL) Russian Literature Since 19003
RUS 3700The Changing Face of Europe1-2
RUS 3810Topics in Slavic Studies3
SLA 2310(PL) Short Fiction from Central Europe and Russia3
SLA 3700The Changing Face of Europe1-2
SLA 3710(VP) Russian and East European Film3-4
SLA 3750(VP) Polish and Yugoslavian Cinema3
SLA 3800Topics in Slavic Studies3
Cultures: China/Japan
CHI 2050Gateway to Chinese Civilizations3
CHI 3010Pop Culture3
HIS 5825Readings in History of Modern China4
HIS 5855Pre-Modern Japan4
HIS 5865Modern Japan4
HIS 5875Gender in Modern East Asia 4
JPN 2710Japanese Culture3
JPN 2800Culture Studies in Japan (Homestay and Study Abroad Tour)3
PHI 2150(FC) Chinese Philosophy3
Cultures: Latin America
ANT 3220The Inca and their Ancestors3
ANT 5510Pre-Columbian and Mesoamerican Civilization3
AFS 3250(FC) Politics and Culture in Anglophone Caribbean3
LAS 2410(FC) History of Mexico3
LAS 2420(FC) History of Puerto Rico and Cuba3
LAS 5560Spanish American Cultures and their Traditions3
Cultures: Middle East
ANT 3550(FC) Arab Society in Transition3
HIS 3010Jewish History from the Bible to 14924
HIS 3015History of Judaism and Jewish Thought4
NE 2000(FC) Introduction to Islamic Civilization of the Near East3
NE 2030(HS) The Age of Islamic Empires: 600-16003
NE 2060(VP) Hebrew/Israeli Film: Trends and Themes in Israeli Cinema3
NE 3225(FC) Modern Israeli Culture: A Pluralistic Perspective3
NE 3320Muhammad: Life of the Prophet3
NE 3520Women and Gender in Middle East History3
NE 5220Muslim Personal Law3
NE 5300Quran: History and Interpretation3
NE 5710Islam and the Challenge of Modernity3
HIS 5960Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf3
Cultures: Western Europe
FRE 2710(FC) Introduction to French Civilization I3
FRE 2720(FC) Introduction to French Civilization II3
GER 2700(PL) Anguish and Commitment: European Existentialist Literature3-4
GER 2710(FC) Survey of Germanic Culture I3
GER 2720(FC) Survey of Germanic Culture II3
GER/FRE 2991(PL) Understanding the Fairy Tale3
GER 5350German Film3
GKM 3610Readings in the Modern Greek Tradition3
GKM 3710(FC) Modern Greek Literature and Culture in English3-4
GKM/CLA 3720(HS) Modern Greek Cities: An Historical-Ethnographic Study3
HIS 5360The Early Middle Ages: 300-10003
HIS 5400Early Modern Europe4
HIS 5410The French Revolution and Napoleon4
HIS 5450Europe, 1918-1939: Mass Politics and Culture in the Age of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini 4
HIS 5460History of the Holocaust4
HIS 5470Modern Germany3-4
HIS 5480Nazi Germany3-4
HIS 5555Britain in the Age of Empire4
HIS 5556History of Modern Britain4
HIS 5660France Since 18154
ITA 2710(FC) Italy and Italians I3
ITA 2720(FC) Italy and Italians II3
ITA 5150Italian Cinema3

Global Health and Environment  

ANT 2400Food and Culture3
ANT 3400Medicine, Health and Society3
ANT 5400Anthropology of Health and Illness3
BIO 3500Ecology and the Environment3
HIS 3440American Medicine in the Twentieth Century3
NFS 4160Food Laws and Regulations3
PHI 1130(PL) Environmental Ethics3
PHI 1110(PL) Ethical Issues in Health Care3
SOC 3440American Medicine in the Twentieth Century3
SOC 4360Women and Health4
SOC 5360Introduction to Medical Sociology4
UP 5430Cities and Food3

Global Politics and Economies

Global Business Cultures
ANT 3150(FC) Anthropology of Business3-4
ANT 5800Anthropological Perspectives on Business3
Global Economies
ANT 2400Food and Culture3
ANT 5165Shop 'Til You Drop: Consumer Society and Culture3
ECO 5300International Trade4
ECO 5310International Finance4
ECO 5600Introduction to Development Economics4
FIN 5320Principles of International Finance3
GSC 5620Global Supply Chain Management3
GSC 5680Production Planning and Control3
MKT 5750International Marketing Management3
UP 5430Cities and Food3
Global Politics
PS 2710Introduction to Comparative Politics4
PS 2810World Politics4
PS 3811Theory of World Politics4
PS 4810Foreign Policies of Major Powers4
Special Politics and Economies Topics
HIS 1400(HS) The World Since 19454
PS 5740Ethnicity: The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation4
PHI 2330Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy3
PS 6870United States Foreign Relations Law4
Asia
HIS 1710(HS) History of Modern East Asia3
HIS/ASN 5825Readings in History of Modern China4
PS 3770Politics of East Asia4
Europe
ITA 3200Italian Rebels3
HIS 3490History of Russia and Eurasia to 19174
HIS 5440Twentieth Century Europe4
HIS 5470Modern Germany3-4
HIS 5490His: Russia & Eurasia to 19174
HIS 5495History of the Russian Revolution3-4
HIS 5500The Soviet Union4
HIS 5556History of Modern Britain4
HIS 5660France Since 18154
PS 3710Politics of Western Europe4
PS 3715Politics of Central and Eastern Europe4
PS 5710Politics of Europe and the European Union3
Latin America and Carribean
AFS 3250(FC) Politics and Culture in Anglophone Caribbean3
HIS 1910(HS) Latin America from Independence to the Present3
HIS 2440(FC) History of Mexico3
HIS 5239Latin American Migration to the United States3
PS 3735Politics of Latin America4
PS 3795Latin America in World Affairs4
Africa
AFS 3420Pan Africanism: Politics of the Black Diaspora4
HIS 1610(HS) African Civilizations Since 18003-4
Middle East
ANT 3550(FC) Arab Society in Transition3
HIS 1810(HS) The Modern Middle East3
HIS 5960Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf3
NE 5000Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf3
PS 3835Middle East Conflict4
PS 5760History and Development of Islamic Political Thought3
NE 5100Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign/Second Language (TAFL)3