Global Studies, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 424-400)

Advisors: A. Abootalebi (Political Science and Criminal Justice) 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.

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
Planet Earth: 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
Religion and Culture
Art of the 20th Century
History of Graphic Design
Photography: History and Theory
Indigenous North American Visual Cultures
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 Society
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
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
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:

  • a historical perspective of international life, cultures, and countries;
  • an understanding of economic and financial differences that often define life in other countries and account for life experiences, education, and social development;
  • an understanding of the social and cultural differences that serve to define life in international communities;
  • an understanding of world politics and the influence of private and public organizations that are transforming power and social interactions around the world;
  • an understanding of world geography by studying the production, exchange, consumption patterns, and development of international communities;
  • 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.