The Bachelor’s Degree


Majors in Global Studies are advised by faculty appointed to the program.  However, majors are welcome to seek the advice of associated faculty who teach courses in the program as well.  Particular care is required in choosing courses in the upper division concentrations, and one of the tracks (the self-designed concentration) requires the written approval of an advisor.

Grading Policy

Global Studies majors must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better in GBL 301 and in GBL 491.

Transfer Courses

Transfer courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Communication Skills

Every Global Studies student is required to demonstrate, by testing or successful completion of four semesters of college-level foreign language, an intermediate competency in a spoken language other than their native tongue.

Degree Requirements

The overarching theme of Global Studies is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to global learning. This is carried out primarily through courses at the introductory level and the capstone. These courses are designed to introduce students to thinking about the world in an interdisciplinary fashion, and at the end of their major to help them understand how all of the parts they have studied interrelate with each other. In between, majors are required to take a core curriculum in economics, history, political science, and world cultures. Once the core curriculum is completed, students have the choice of taking one of several concentrations:  Globalization, Politics and Diplomacy, or a self-designed concentration agreed upon between the student and his/her advisor.

A second element of the major requires each student to take course work that introduces both international and comparative methods of analysis. This is done explicitly in the core courses on international relations, comparative politics, and world cultures. As a result, students learn not only the power of interdisciplinary, but also how these disciplines can be applied in a variety of ways to understand relationships and focus on both similarities and differences among nations and societies.

Core Courses

ECO 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
ECO 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
GBL 301 Introduction to Global Studies 3
PSC 371 ECCE: Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
PSC 373 Introduction to International Relations 3
GBL 491 Global Studies Capstone 2
Select one of the following Regional History courses: 3
Making of the West
Topics in Middle Eastern History
Introduction to the Modern Middle East
History of Premodern East Asia
History of Modern East Asia
European History
Select one of the following Culture courses: 3-4
Introduction to World Literature
ECCE: Cultural Geography
Understanding Cultures
Select a Research Methods Course (PSC 451, SOA 411, or other with advisor approval), or fulfill foreign Language requirment 1 0-16
Total Core: 23-40
Electives: 12-16 (four courses)
Total Hours 35-56

After completion of the first seven core courses above, students then focus on one of a number of topical concentrations (12 to 16 hours). Two of those concentrations are Globalization, and International Politics and Diplomacy. A third option allows for a self-designed concentration (with advisor approval) that focuses on a thematic topic such as the Environment & Development, Women Across Cultures, etc.

The final course in the curriculum, GBL 491-Global Studies Capstone, is designed to help students to weave together the components of their curriculum.

While theory is important, Global Studies majors also have the opportunity to put their learning to the test of experience. One of these ways could include participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) simulation (by taking PSC 478 and PSC 483), which requires students to represent a country (usually not the US) at the UN, learn UN procedures, practice the diplomatic arts of persuasion and coalition building, and learn about the issues facing their adopted country. A second way that students can learn from experience is by participating in one of our study-abroad programs. Special encouragement is given to students to enhance their foreign language skills by choosing to study abroad in a country where the foreign language of their choice is spoken. Finally, each Global Studies major is required to do a three – six hour “civic engagement” experience. In addition to Study Abroad, this might include doing an internship at the US headquarters of a multinational corporation, or for a non-governmental organization (NGO) dealing with human rights or the environment.