Global Studies

The Major in Global Studies is designed for the student intending to enter a profession in which an international focus is of particular importance.

This major will serve as preparation for careers in such fields as international business, economics, government, law, history, sociology and work with non-governmental organizations.

The Global Studies major consists of 34-44 credit hours. These include 22-24 credits of required courses, a modern language successfully completed through the second year level (4th semester) or demonstrated equivalency, and a semester of international study.

Students select one of three major concentrations:

  1. A general Global Studies major
  2. A Global Studies major with a concentration in Global Political Economy
  3. A Global Studies major with a concentration in Global Cultures and Societies

Credits earned during study abroad for the Global Studies major may be substituted for required or elective courses at the discretion of the major's director.

Majors

Global Studies Major

Global Studies General Major, total credits 34-36

Global Studies Required Courses, 20 credits
  • ECON 211, Principles of Macroeconomics
  • POL 151, Introduction to Global Politics
  • SOC 151, Cultural Anthropology,  or POL 160, Women in a Global Society, or REL 281, Intro to World Religions
  • HIST 355, US Foreign Policy or POL 378, American Foreign Policy
  • GLBL 400, Capstone Seminar in Global Studies
Research Methods, 2-4 credits

One course from the following courses:

  • HIST 140, History Workshop
  • POL 242, Research Methods
  • SOC 262, Methods of Social Research
  • COMM 280, Research Methods
  • ECON 306, Econometrics

Students interested in the general major may take any of the five research methods courses listed above. Students interested in the Global Political Economy concentration should take ECON 306 or POL 242. Students interested in the Global Cultures & Societies concentration should take SOC 262, COMM 280 or HIST 140.

Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America, 4 credits

One course from the following courses (subject to available course offerings):

  • HIST 221, 225, 260, 263, 270, 280, 312, 321, 365, 370
  • PHIL 241, 242
  • POL 262, 303, 304, 305
One course from the following, 4 credits
  • COMM 371
  • ECON 318
  • HIST 242, 344, 355
  • POL 160, 201, 251, 351, 352, 378
ELECTIVE COURSES, 4 credits

4 hours of coursework (numbered 300 or higher) in globally related courses selected in consultation with the Global Studies Director. These courses may be taken on or off campus and usually will be in the following disciplines: art history, economics, history, modern languages (culture and/or literature courses), philosophy, political science, religion and sociology.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

A modern language successfully completed through the second-year level (4th semester) or demonstrated equivalency.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDY REQUIREMENT

Participate one or two semesters in a study-abroad program.

Global Studies Major: Global Political Economy Concentration, total credits 44

Global Studies Required Courses, 20 credits
  • ECON 211, Principles of Macroeconomics
  • POL 151, Introduction to Global Politics
  • SOC 151, Cultural Anthropology,  or POL 160, Women in a Global Society, or REL 281, Intro to World Religions
  • HIST 355, US Foreign Policy or POL 378, American Foreign Policy
  • GLBL 400, Capstone Seminar in Global Studies
Research Methods, 4 credits

One course from the following courses:

  • POL 242, Research Methods
  • ECON 306, Econometrics
Track Required Courses, 8 credits
  • ECON 212, Principles of Microeconomics
  • POL 251, International Relations
Global Economics, 4 credits

One course from the following courses:

  • ECON 304, Economic Growth and Development
  • ECON 318, International Economics
Global Political Economy, 4 credits
  • POL 352, Global Political Economy
Elective, 4 credits

One course from the following courses:

  • HIST 206, 221, 225, 242, 260, 263, 270, 280, 312, 321, 365, 370
  • POL 160, 262, 303, 304, 305, 350, 351
  • ECON 304, 318
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

A modern language successfully completed through the second-year level (4th semester) or demonstrated equivalency.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDY REQUIREMENT

Participate one or two semesters in a study-abroad program.

Global Studies Major: Global Cultures & Societies Concentration, total credits 42-44

Required Courses, 20 credits
  • ECON 211, Principles of Macroeconomics
  • POL 151, Introduction to Global Politics
  • SOC 151, Cultural Anthropology,  or POL 160, Women in a Global Society, or REL 281, Intro to World Religions
  • HIST 355, US Foreign Policy or POL 378, American Foreign Policy
  • GLBL 400, Capstone Seminar in Global Studies
Research Methods, 2-4 credits

One course from the following courses:

  • HIST 140, History Workshop
  • SOC 262, Methods of Social Research
  • COMM 280, Research Methods
Track Required courses, 8 credits
  • SOC 101, Sociology and Social Problems
  • SOC 269, Race and Ethnic Relations or IDS 200, Encounter with Cultures or COMM 371, Intercultural Communication
Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America, 4 credits

One course from the following courses:

  • HIST 206, 221, 225, 242, 260, 263, 270, 280, 312, 321, 364, 365, 370, 371
  • PHIL 241, 242
  • POL 262, 303, 304, 305
Electives, 8 credits

Two courses from the following courses:

  • COMM 152, 231
  • ECON 212, 304, 318
  • HIST 344
  • IDS 296
  • PHIL 237
  • POL 160, 201, 251, 350, 351, 352
  • REL 366, 389
  • SOC 356
  • OR up to 2 additional courses from the Africa, Asia , Europe, Middle East and Latin America section
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT

A modern language successfully completed through the second-year level (4th semester) or demonstrated equivalency.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDY REQUIREMENT

Participate one or two semesters in a study-abroad program.