Major in Global Studies

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Students in this major must demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language equivalent to passing the fourth semester of a college-level course.

Civic engagement

Students in this major are encouraged to do their required civic engagement component (part of the General Education requirement) through study abroad, or through an internship with an international business or nonprofit agency.


Required Core Courses: (21 credits total)

  • GBL 301 Introduction to Global Studies (3 credits)
  • ECO 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECO 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • HIS 201 World History [or other regional history course] (3 credits)
  • PSC 371 ECCE: Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
  • PSC 373 ECCE: Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
  • SOA 102 World Cultures; or GBL 331 ECCE: Cultural Geography;
    or ENG 150 Topics in World Literature (all 3 credits each)

Concentration Menus (choice of 4 courses from one concentration)

Globalization Concentration

  • BUS 381    Business and Developing Countries (3 credits)
  • COM 425   Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • ECO 447    International Trade and Finance (3 credits)
  • ECO 449    International Business (3 credits)
  • ENS 461    Geopolitics: Geographic Aspects of Interntl Affairs (3 credits)
  • MGT 485   International Management (3 credits)
  • PSC 428    Globalization and the Future of Democracy (3 credits)
  • PSC 463    International Political Economy (3 credits)

Politics & Diplomacy Concentration

  • HIS 375     Conflict in the Middle East (3 credits)
  • HIS 378     Christian-Muslim Encounters (3 credits)
  • HIS 443    American Foreign Relations in the 20th Century (4 credits)
  • HIS 470    Topics in 20th Century World History (4 credits)
  • PSC 478 & PSC 483 Model United Nations (4 credits)
  • PSC 462    International Law and Organizations (3 credits)
  • PSC 470     Terrorism and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PSC 473    War & Peace (3 credits)
  • PSC 474    American Foreign Policy (3 credits)

Self-Designed Regional or Topical Concentration (with approval of adviser)

Possible courses from above lists or:

  • CRJ 346    International Criminal Justice Systems (3 credits)
  • CRJ 415     Crime and Sentencing: Global Issues (3 credits)
  • ENS 311     Global Change and Local Places (3 credits)
  • ENS 446    Population and Public Policy ( 3 credits)
  • HIS 325/SOA 352  Latina/o USA (4 credits)
  • MPH 301    Global Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPH 471    Emerging Diseases (3 credits)
  • SOA 353     Women Across Cultures (4 credits)
  • SOA 428     Culture, Health and Power (4 credits)
  • SOA 455     Women in Political Movements (4 credits)

Required Capstone Course

  • GBL 491 Capstone Course (3 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS: 36-40