Global Studies, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 424-400)

Advisors: A. Abootalebi (Political Science), M. DaCosta (Economics), or D. Shih (English). Students pursuing a major in the College of Business should see their major advisor for information about the Global Studies Minor.

The interdisciplinary minor in Global Studies is designed to enhance students’ understanding of other languages, diverse cultures, and global issues. It provides students with the knowledge and skills that can be used in a changing and increasingly interdependent world. It also offers curricular options that encourage participation in other international studies programs as well as study abroad and internship options. By completing this minor, students should develop:

  1. a historical perspective of international life, cultures, and countries;
  2. an understanding of economic and financial differences that often define life in other countries and account for life experiences, education, and social development;
  3. an understanding of the social and cultural differences that serve to define life in international communities;
  4. an understanding of world politics and the influence of private and public organizations that are transforming power and social interactions around the world;
  5. an understanding of world geography by studying the production, exchange, consumption patterns, and development of international communities;
  6. an understanding of foreign languages that will prepare them for study abroad experiences as well as employment in multinational companies, governmental agencies, education, social work, and health service organizations.
To be awarded the minor, in addition to the 24 semester credits required, students also must have foreign language competency at the 102 level.
Twenty-four semester credits, including:
Core Courses
ECON 104Principles of Macroeconomics3
POLS 102Introduction to Politics3
or POLS 122 Introduction to World Politics
Select one of the following:3
World History Since 1500
Origins of Current World Conflicts
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Geography
Introduction to the Religions of the World
Religion and Morality
Elective Courses
Select twelve credits, with a minimum of six credits at the 300 or 400 level:12
Language in Culture and Society
Peoples of Africa
Anthropology of Law
Religion and Culture
Cross-Cultural Dynamics
Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Art of the 20th Century
History of Graphic Design
Photography: History and Theory
Survey of North American Indian Art
Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America
Intercultural Communication
International Communication
International Economics
Economics of Pacific Asia
Economic Development
Economic Development of Latin America
Survey of World/Postcolonial Literature
Topics in World/Postcolonial Literature
Modern Germany: Literature, History, Culture
Contemporary Spain
Latin American Civilization
Geography of Western Europe
Geography of Russia and Eastern Europe
Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
Geography of Latin America
International Environmental Problems and Policy
Western Civilization Since 1660
World History to 1500
Modern East and Southeast Asia
The Nazis and Germany, 1914-1945
Twentieth Century Europe, 1900 to Present
Modern France
Modern Germany
Twentieth Century Russia
Comparative Genocide
Modern Africa
The Vietnam War
History of China
History of Japan
Roots of Selected Contemporary World Problems
Latin America Since Independence
Global Traditions in Music
Music History 1900 to Present
Body, Mind, Spirit Wellness
Cross Cultural Health
Comparative Study in Nursing and Health Care
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Russia
Politics of Eastern Europe
Politics of Asia
Model United Nations
Politics of Continental Europe
International Organization and Law
International Conflict
International Political Economy
International Relations Theory
Culture and Politics
Politics of Latin America
Modern Christianity
Buddhism: Past and Present
Chinese and Japanese Religions
The Holocaust, 1933-1945
Indigenous Religions of the Americas

Note 1: A maximum of 12 credits from the student's major can count toward the Global Studies Minor.

Note 2: It is not likely that students in majors other than Music will have the prerequisites for MUSI 303.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Communication Skills: Political Science students will be able to write and speak effectively.
  • Research Skills: Political Science students will be able to construct research questions and use appropriate sources and methods to answer them.  
  • Knowledge of American Politics: Political Science students will analyze political behavior, institutions, and law or policy.
  • Knowledge of Political Theory: Political Science students will analyze core intellectual traditions in political thought and apply to political issues.
  • Knowledge of International Relations: Political Science students will analyze the behavior of international actors and the nature of their interactions.
  • Knowledge of Comparative Politics: Political Science students will analyze the political systems of states.
  • Civic Responsibility: Political Science students will demonstrate sense of responsibility necessary to become constructive global citizens.
  • Integration: Political Science students will connect academic knowledge to their own experiences and make connections across disciplines.
  • Knowledge of World Politics Theory: Political Science World Politics students will analyze the contending theoretical explanations for state and non- state actor behavior, international conflict, and international cooperation.
  • Knowledge of World Political Economy: Political Science World Politics students will analyze the contending theoretical explanations for global political–economic relations and the principal causes and solutions for global economic inequalities and underdevelopment.