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 the following courses to meet MLO 1:

Complete one of the following course or course combinations to meet MLO 2:

Complete three of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses to meet MLO 3:

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 all of the following courses to meet MLO 4:

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.

Course Pathways

These pathways are examples of how you might complete all the requirements for your degree in an order that makes sense given prerequisites. They are meant to give you a general sense of what your education will look like.

Your own unique situation and a number of other factors may mean your actual pathway is different. Perhaps you'll need an extra math or language class, or one of the courses we've listed isn't offered in a particular semester. Don't worry - there is flexibility built into the curriculum. You'll want to work closely with an advisor and use the academic advisement report to take all that into account and develop a pathway that's customized for you.

In the meantime, use this example as a starting point for choosing classes or discussing your plans with an advisor. Your advisor is your best resource when it comes to figuring out how to fit all the courses you need, in the right sequence, into your personal academic plan.

Freshman Pathway

Fall Freshman

Course: Language 101
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B4

* This FYS class is just an example. The FYS class you choose might meet a different GE area, so you would have to adjust your actual pathway accordingly.

Spring Freshman

Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A2
  • A3
Course: Language 102
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency
Units: 6
Requirements:
  • D1
  • D3

Fall Sophomore

Course: Language 201
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B2
Course: Any approved course
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • B3
Course: Free Elective Course
Units: 3
Requirements:

Spring Sophomore

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • B1
Course: Any approved course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C1
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2

Fall Junior

Units: 3
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: GS 300L
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4
  • Major
Course: Any approved Area Focus course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Junior

Fall Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved Area of Focus course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Senior

Course: Any approved Area of Focus course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Free Elective
Units: 4
Requirements:
Course: Free Elective
Units: 4
Requirements:
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major

Transfer Pathway

Fall Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 3
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: GS 300L
Units: 1
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Spring Junior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • A4
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved Area of Focus course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major

Fall Senior

Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any 102-level Language Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • C3
  • Language Proficiency
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any Approved Course (If American Institutions in needed)
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • D2

Spring Senior

Course: Any approved Area of Focus course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any approved Area of Focus course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Major
Course: Any 201-level Language Course
Units: 4
Requirements:
  • Language Proficiency
Units: 2
Requirements:
  • Major