Academic Catalog - Global Studies
Associate Professor Christine McIntyre, (Spanish), Director
The Global Studies program is designed to enhance the
international dimension of the curriculum, primarily through the
provision of a minor in Global Studies. The Global Studies program
focuses on three major areas: the study of non-Western cultures, an
understanding of comparative socio-cultural analysis, and a concern
with globally relevant issues and themes, especially as understood
within an analysis of the global system. The student is expected to seek
a significant cross-culture experience, normally through participation
in a study-abroad program.
A student of any academic major can profit from the international
dimension provided by the Global Studies minor. It can thus
strengthen preparation for the international aspects of business, social
and religious service, politics and policy formation, and education. It
also provides an interdisciplinary foundation for specialized graduate
Requirements for Minor
Twenty-four semester hours are required for the Global Studies
minor, in accordance with the following:
- Foundation Courses
(16 semester hours total)
- Understanding Global Systems
- Theoretical Foundation: Sociology 290C/S: Social Change.
This course is normally taken after a student has completed
one or two other Global Studies courses.
- Global Issues: at least four semester hours from courses with a
focus on a theme of global significance. See courses listed
- Economics 220: Economics of Developing Area.
- Economics 330: International Trade and Finance.
- Economics 350: Environmental and Natural Resource
- Environmental Studies 101B/L: Assessing Human
Impacts on the Environment.
- Geography 120S: Human Ecology.
- Geography 240S: Economic Geography.
- Geography 292S: Population Geography (same as
- Management 250: International Business.
- Political Science 251S: International Relations.
- Political Science 252S: International Organizations.
- Political Science 303: Politics in Developing Nations.
- Sociology 292S: Population Problems (same as Geography
- Understanding Cultural Diversity
- Comparative Perspective: One of the following:
- Economics 231: European Economic History.
- French 390: Contemporary Theory (same as German 390 and Spanish
- Geography 101S: Cultural Geography.
- Music 116C: Music in Contemporary Cultures.
- Music 216A/C: Musics of the World.
- Political Science 102S: Introduction to Comparative Politics.
- Religion 342R: Comparative Religious Ethics.
- Sociology 110C/S: Cultural Anthropology.
- Sociology 211C/S: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Kinship.
- Non-Western Culture: at least four semester hours from
courses that have been approved to meet the non-Western
cultures general education learning goal. These courses are
designated with a “C” in the course number.
- Focus Courses (eight additional semester hours)
Each student prepares a proposal identifying a focus for the
student’s Global Studies minor and the two additional courses that
provide such a focus. Focus Courses can, but need not, come from the
list of courses already identified as Foundation Courses. This proposal
must be signed by the respective faculty teaching these courses (to
indicate that each course relates to the specified focus) and then
forwarded for approval to the Global Studies Advisory Committee.
- International Relations: History 324: American Foreign
Relations and Political Science 350: American Foreign Policy
- Third World Development: Geography 250C: Regional
Geography (when course is taught with a Third World focus)
and Economics 220: Economics of Developing Areas
- Global Environmental Issues: Biology 346: Ecology, Geography 292S: Population
- Comparative Literature: English 190: Topics in Non-Western
Culture and Japanese 150A/C: Survey of Japanese Literature
- Music and Dance in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Theatre and
Dance 210C: Dance Ethnology, Music 116C: Music in
In completing these 24 semester hours, the student must adhere to
the following regulations:
- maximum of eight semester hours can be at the 100 level,
- a minimum of three departments must be represented, and
- a maximum of 12 semester hours may come from any one
- Cross-Cultural Experience
The student is expected to have experience of a culture other than
the student’s own, normally through participation in a study-abroad
program. The student may explore other possibilities with the Global
490. Independent Study in Global Studies.
2-6 semester hours.
Individual research elected by a student in consultation with the Director
of Global Studies. Every semester.
1-4 semester hours.
Experiential learning in a work-study environment where the student
engages with international issues and themes. Permission and approval
must be granted by the Director of Global Studies. This course may be
repeated for credit.