Global Studies Concentration
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The Global Studies Concentration is a fifteen (15-16) semester-credit-hour program designed to aid students in understanding the complex interrelationships among nations and peoples within the global society. The program presents a cross-disciplinary approach that allows students to explore the impact of forces such as culture/ethnicity/race, imperialism, globalization, industrialization, environmental sustainability, resistance movements, peace movements, and access to natural and human resources, including water, food, healthcare and education. It establishes a unique foundation for the pursuit of varied majors and careers, from liberal arts to social sciences to business.
Global Studies Concentration Requirements
- SSC 201 Introduction to Global Studies, 3 credit hours.
- One semester of a Modern Language.
- Students may test out of this requirement if they already have a working knowledge of a second language or if their first language is not English.
- Students are reminded that only a Modern Language course of 202 or higher counts for transfer as a general education course to a four-year institution.
- Choose three (3) additional courses that are designated as Global Studies courses or sections. Courses are designated as Global Studies in the Class Schedule each semester.
- Choose at least one course from Area D and one from Area E.
- At least two of the courses must be focused on non-European/ non-Western topics.
- If testing out of Modern Language requirement, students need to choose four (4) additional courses.
Students meeting the requirements for the concentration will have a notation added to their transcript indicating successful completion. In order to receive this notation, students must complete a Global Studies Concentration Completion Form and meet with the Global Studies Coordinator.
Students can choose to meet higher requirements in order to be recognized as Global Scholars on their transcripts.
- Complete all requirements above.
- Maintain 3.0 GPA.
- Complete at least two semesters of a Modern Language with and/or participate in a study abroad experience (either short-term or long-term).
Concentration Learning Outcomes
- Analyze global systems using competing theories of development: e.g., modernization, de-colonial, and sustainability theories.
- Describe key aspects of world geography.
- Compare and contrast theories and strategies of environmental sustainability.
- Analyze key events, themes and trends in world history and the history of globalization.
- Critique key works and ideas of world humanities and the arts within an intercultural context.
- Apply the theories and lenses of the social and behavioral sciences in analyzing global issues, trends, and events.
- Evaluate the theories and debates regarding the universality of cultural values, norms and religions.
- Develop intercultural competency through role play, field trips, modern language learning, and/or international field study experiences.