Global Studies BA

The Global Studies curriculum stresses a critical analysis of complex and controversial global issues, social research, oral and written communication, intercultural relations, community service and social action.

You will start by learning core theory in globalization, culture, history, political economy and global politics. Then, you will specialize in a thematic area such as: Global Culture and Ideology, Global Politics/Peace and Conflict, Global Political Economy, and International Development/Humanitarian Action or construct a faculty-approved focus relevant to your future. You will also develop global competency through service learning and international experience. Finally, you will synthesize and present your learning through a Capstone project.

To learn more about the major, visit the Social, Behavioral & Global Studies website.

Required Courses

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete all of the following core courses:

Complete one of the following Methods courses/course combinations:

Complete one of the following Area Focus courses (also satisfies UD GE D)

Complete one of the following Area Focus Elective courses:

Complete one of the following Global Competency courses:

In addition to the required Service Learning course, students may choose to acquire more global competency through travel seminars, a semester abroad, or an elective course such as:

Complete one of the following Capstone course/course combinations:

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Core Curriculum

Ability to comprehend and apply various concepts, sources of information and perspectives in the analysis and evaluation of the historical context, philosophical and epistemological dimensions, contemporary economic and political conditions of globalization. It will also address networks and skill-based service learning for effective global citizenship.

MLO 2: Global Area Focus

Ability to understand and analyze global theory and relevant research methods through an Area of Focus. Suggested Areas of Focus include, but are not limited to, Global Culture and Ideology, Global Politics/Peace and Conflict, Global Political Economy, and International Development/Humanitarian Action.

MLO 3: Global Competence

Global competence is an “appreciation of other cultures and the ability to interact with people from foreign lands. It is the ability to become familiar with an environment, not causing a rift while experiencing something new, and reflection upon the experience at its completion.” A globally competent person understands the interconnectedness of today’s world and the importance of responsible decision making.

MLO 4: Capstone

Students synthesize and evaluate their learning experiences associated with Global Studies and prepare a cumulative portfolio that demonstrates they have fulfilled their learning objectives. In addition, students synthesize, research and write a Capstone project that integrates experiential learning and knowledge of the theory, methods and philosophy of the major.