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.

Global Experience

Students must fulfill a "Global Experience" requirement. Options for fulfilling the Global Experience requirement include:

  1. an internship at a local agency that deals with global issues or is a global organization or company (GLS 5500);
  2. study abroad or internship abroad;
  3. field work or study abroad that is part of a specific course

All majors are also required to present their work in the form of a paper of poster session in a WSU venue.

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
Select 3 of the 4 core courses9
Introduction to Global Stories (Select 3 of the 4 core courses)
Introduction to Global Issues and Institutions
Intercultural Competence for a Global World
Globalization: Theories, Practices, Implications
Global Experience
Students must fulfill a Global Experience requirement. Options for fulfilling the requirement include: 1) an internship at a local agency that deals with global issues or is a global organization (GLS 5500); 2) study abroad or internship abroad; 3) field work or study abroad that is part of a specific course.
Electives from Three Focus Areas15
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
Global Cultures and Identities
This focus area centers on questions related to global cultures, belief systems expressed through various types of cultural artifacts (including visual art, artisanry, literature, film and media), and peoples and identities, over time and geographical areas, in conjunction iwth questions of gender, sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity
Politics and Culture in Anglophone Caribbean
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Foreign Culture: The Africans
World Cultures
Lost Cities and Ancient Civilizations
The Inca and their Ancestors
Language and Culture
Understanding Africa: Past, Present and Future
Cultures and Societies of Latin America
Arab Society in Transition
Urban Anthropology
Pre-Columbian and Mesoamerican Civilization
History of Modern East Asia
Readings in the History of Modern China
Pre-Modern Japan
Modern Japan
Gender in Modern East Asia
Gateway to Chinese Civilizations
Contemporary Chinese Pop Culture
Greek Identity from Antiquity to Modernity
Literatures of the World
Topics in Global and Transnational Studies
Anguish and Commitment: European Existentialist Literature
Introduction to French Civilization I
Introduction to French Civilization II
Understanding the Fairy Tale
Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution: Transitional Moments in German Culture and History
Understanding the Fairy Tale
Short Fiction from Central Europe and Russia
Anguish and Commitment: European Existentialist Literature
New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
German Film
Topics in German Studies
Intercultural Competence for a Global World
Byzantine Civilization
Modern Greek Literature and Culture in English
Greek Identity from Antiquity to Modernity
Gender in Modern East Asia
African Civilizations to 1800
African Civilizations Since 1800
History of Modern East Asia
The Age of Islamic Empires: 600-1600
The Modern Middle East
Jewish History from the Bible to 1492
Jewish History since 1492
History of Judaism and Jewish Thought
African American History I: 1400-1865
African American History II: 1865-1968
Twentieth Century Middle East
Civilizations of the Nile Valley: Egypt and Nubia
The Peopling of Modern America, 1790-1914: A History of Immigration
The Changing Shape of Ethnic America: World War I to the Present
Race in Colonial Latin America
Latin American Migration to the United States
The Early Middle Ages: 300-1000
History of Christianity to the Reformation
Early Modern Europe
The French Revolution and Napoleon
Europe, 1918-1939: Mass Politics and Culture in the Age of Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini
Modern Germany
Nazi Germany
His: Russia & Eurasia to 1917
History of the Russian Revolution
The Soviet Union
Britain in the Age of Empire
History of Modern Britain
France Since 1815
Readings in the History of Modern China
Pre-Modern Japan
Modern Japan
Gender in Modern East Asia
Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf
Anguish and Commitment: European Existentialist Literature
Italy and Italians I
Italy and Italians II
Italian Cinema
Japanese Culture
Culture Studies in Japan (Homestay and Study Abroad Tour)
Chicano/a Literature and Culture
Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
History of Mexico
History of Puerto Rico and Cuba
Race in Colonial Latin America
Latin American Migration to the United States
Spanish American Cultures and their Traditions
Introduction to Islamic Civilization of the Near East
The Age of Islamic Empires: 600-1600
The Modern Middle East
Hebrew/Israeli Film: Trends and Themes in Israeli Cinema
Islamic and Near Eastern Philosophy
Topics in Middle Eastern Studies
Jewish History from the Bible to 1492
Jewish History since 1492
History of Judaism and Jewish Thought
Modern Israeli Culture: A Pluralistic Perspective
Muhammad: Life of the Prophet
Women and Gender in Middle East History
Arab Society in Transition
Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf
Muslim Personal Law
Quran: History and Interpretation
Islam and the Challenge of Modernity
Chinese Philosophy
Islamic and Near Eastern Philosophy
Survey of Polish Culture
New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
The Changing Face of Europe
Polish and Yugoslavian Cinema
Topics in Slavic Studies
Introduction to Russian Culture
Understanding the Fairy Tale
New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
Nineteenth Century Russian Literature
Russian Literature Since 1900
The Changing Face of Europe
Topics in Slavic Studies
Short Fiction from Central Europe and Russia
The Changing Face of Europe
New Soil, Old Roots: The Immigrant Experience
Russian and East European Film
Polish and Yugoslavian Cinema
Topics in Slavic Studies
Chicano/a Literature and Culture
Puerto Rican Literature and Culture
Cities and Regions
Global Health and Environment
This focus area concentrates on issues related to global public health, medical systems, and envinronmental issues such as population, pollution, and climate change over time and geographical areas, in conjunction with questions of gender, sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity.
Food and Culture
Medicine, Health and Society
Anthropology of Health and Illness
Ecology and the Environment
Global Health
World Environmental History since 1900
Science, History, and Culture of Italian Cuisine
Science, History, and Culture of Italian Cuisine
Environmental Ethics
Ethical Issues in Health Care
Women and Health
Cities and Food
Global Politics and Economies
This focus area takes into account global political, sociological, economic, labor, and business theories, trends, histories, and configurations over time and geographical areas, in conjunction with questions related to gender, sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity.
Politics and Culture in Anglophone Caribbean
Pan Africanism: Politics of the Black Diaspora
Food and Culture
Anthropology of Business
Arab Society in Transition
Shop 'Til You Drop: Consumer Society and Culture
Anthropological Perspectives on Business
History of Modern East Asia
Readings in the History of Modern China
Pre-Modern Japan
Modern Japan
Gender in Modern East Asia
Intercultural Communication
Telecommunications Policy: A Political Economy Approach
International Trade
International Finance
Introduction to Development Economics
Principles of International Finance
Global Supply Chain Management
Production Planning and Control
Gender in Modern East Asia
The World Since 1945
African Civilizations to 1800
African Civilizations Since 1800
History of Modern East Asia
The Modern Middle East
Latin America from Independence to the Present
History of Mexico
Twentieth Century Middle East
American Foreign Relations Since 1933
Latin American Migration to the United States
Twentieth Century Europe
Modern Germany
His: Russia & Eurasia to 1917
History of the Russian Revolution
The Soviet Union
History of Modern Britain
France Since 1815
Global Cities
Readings in the History of Modern China
Gender in Modern East Asia
Pre-Modern Japan
Modern Japan
Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf
Italian Rebels
International Marketing Management
Twentieth Century Middle East
Globalization, Social History and Gender in the Arabian Gulf
Contemporary Moral Issues
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Introduction to Canadian Studies
Introduction to Comparative Politics
World Politics
Politics of Western Europe
Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
Politics of Latin America
Latin America in World Affairs
Politics of East Asia
Theory of World Politics
Middle East Conflict
Globalization and Politics
Foreign Policies of Major Powers
Politics of Europe and the European Union
Ethnicity: The Politics of Conflict and Cooperation
United States Foreign Relations Law
Cities and Food
Total Credits33-36
 

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 3540Cultures 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 3410New 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 3100World Cultures3
ANT 3310Language and Culture3
ENG 5080Topics in Global and Transnational Studies3
HIS 5385History of Christianity to the Reformation3
LIN 2730Languages of the World3
LIN 5320Language and Societies3
PHI 3700Philosophy of Art3
Cultures: Africa
AFS 3610Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Foreign Culture: The Africans4
ANT 3520Understanding Africa: Past, Present and Future3
HIS 1610African 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 3590Byzantine Civilization3
GER 2310Short Fiction from Central Europe and Russia3
HIS 5490His: Russia & Eurasia to 19174
HIS 5495History of the Russian Revolution3-4
HIS 5500The Soviet Union4
POL 2710Survey of Polish Culture3
POL 3700The Changing Face of Europe1-2
POL 3750Polish and Yugoslavian Cinema3
POL 3800Topics in Slavic Studies3
RUS 2710Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUS 2991Understanding the Fairy Tale3
RUS 3600Nineteenth Century Russian Literature3
RUS 3650Russian Literature Since 19003
RUS 3700The Changing Face of Europe1-2
RUS 3810Topics in Slavic Studies3
SLA 2310Short Fiction from Central Europe and Russia3
SLA 3700The Changing Face of Europe1-2
SLA 3710Russian and East European Film3-4
SLA 3750Polish and Yugoslavian Cinema3
SLA 3800Topics in Slavic Studies3
Cultures: China/Japan
CHI 2050Gateway to Chinese Civilizations3
CHI 3010Contemporary Chinese Pop Culture3
HIS 5825Readings in the 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 2150Chinese Philosophy3
Cultures: Latin America
ANT 3220The Inca and their Ancestors3
ANT 5510Pre-Columbian and Mesoamerican Civilization3
AFS 3250Politics and Culture in Anglophone Caribbean3
LAS 2410History of Mexico3
LAS 2420History of Puerto Rico and Cuba3
LAS 5560Spanish American Cultures and their Traditions3
Cultures: Middle East
ANT 3550Arab Society in Transition3
HIS 3010Jewish History from the Bible to 14924
HIS 3015History of Judaism and Jewish Thought4
NE 2000Introduction to Islamic Civilization of the Near East3
NE 2030The Age of Islamic Empires: 600-16003
NE 2060Hebrew/Israeli Film: Trends and Themes in Israeli Cinema3
NE 3225Modern 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 2710Introduction to French Civilization I3
FRE 2720Introduction to French Civilization II3
GER 2700Anguish and Commitment: European Existentialist Literature3-4
GER 2710Resistance, Rebellion, Revolution: Transitional Moments in German Culture and History3
GER/FRE 2991Understanding the Fairy Tale3
GER 5350German Film3
GKM 3710Modern Greek Literature and Culture in English3-4
GKM/CLA 3720Greek Identity from Antiquity to Modernity3
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 2710Italy and Italians I3
ITA 2720Italy 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 1130Environmental Ethics3
PHI 1110Ethical Issues in Health Care3
SOC 3440American Medicine in the Twentieth Century3
SOC 4360Women and Health4
SOC 5360Introduction to Medical Sociology3
UP 5430Cities and Food3

Global Politics and Economies

Global Business Cultures
ANT 3150Anthropology 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 1400The 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 1710History of Modern East Asia3
HIS/ASN 5825Readings in the History of Modern China4
PS 3770Politics of East Asia4
Europe
ITA 3200Italian Rebels3
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 3250Politics and Culture in Anglophone Caribbean3
HIS 1910Latin America from Independence to the Present3
HIS 2440History 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 1610African Civilizations Since 18003-4
Middle East
ANT 3550Arab Society in Transition3
HIS 1810The 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