Global Studies (Minor)

Global Studies (Minor)

global studies minor

Focus on the myriad ways that people, markets, organizations and governments have been linked across national borders throughout history

Globalization is a complex web of interwoven processes that affect virtually all facets of our daily lives, from pop culture to economics, politics to climate and everything in between. Many of the pressing problems of the 21st Century – climate change, environmental sustainability, terrorism, pandemics, etc. – transcend national boundaries and will need to be solved as a global community. The Global Studies minor explores the challenges and opportunities that arise from living in an increasingly inter-connected world and also cultivates cross-cultural awareness by encouraging students to view issues from different cultural perspectives.

The Global Studies minor has four thematic pillars: culture & society, governance & conflict, economics & interdependence, and environment & health.

Governance & Conflict: explores the challenges of global governance in an increasingly inter-connected world of societies with different political and economic systems; analyzes the causes and effects of conflict and examines techniques for conflict resolution

Culture & Society: explores the values, norms, art and literature of different cultures around the world and throughout history, and their inter-relatedness

Environment & Health: explores human security issues, such as food security, health and disease, environmental sustainability and climate change

Economics & Interdependence: explores the politics, policies and practices of international trade and finance, and the development and effects of economic interdependence


Curriculum & Requirements

All five courses applied to the Global Studies minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and an overall GPA of 2.0. Students must take at least three 500-level or above courses to complete the minor.

Required courses
PS 520Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture4
Select four approved courses in at least two of the following thematic pillars:16
I. Governance & Conflict
POLT 403
United States in World Affairs
HLS 580
Environmental and Human Security
PS 505
Political Violence and Terrorism
PS 509
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
PS 511
Women and War
PS #512
People on the Move: Immigration and Refugee Policy in Global Perspective
PS 514
Model United Nations
POLT 560
World Politics
POLT 559
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
HIST 600
Explorations (European Crisis 1900-1945)
HIST 600
Explorations (Justice, Violence and Society)
PS 651
Selected Topics: Public Service (International Human Rights)
PS 702
International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach
PS #703
Dictatorship and Democracy
II. Culture & Society
ANTH 411
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
ARTS 480
Introduction to Art History
ENGL 514
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
ENGL 581
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English
ENGL 681
Introduction to African Literatures in English
ENGL 693
Special Topics in Literature
HIST 421
World History to the 16th Century
HIST 422
World History in the Modern Era
HIST 425
Foreign Cultures
HIST 435
Origins of European Society
HIST 656
Twentieth Century Europe
HUMA 411
Humanities I
HUMA 412
Humanities II
III. Environment & Health
BIOL 520
Our Changing Planet
BSCI 421
Diseases of the 21st Century
BSCI 620
Global Science Exploration
ESCI 401
Dynamic Earth
GEOG 401
Regional Geography of the Western World
GEOG 402
Regional Geography of the Non-Western World
HLS 580
Environmental and Human Security
PS 510
Politics of Food
PHIL 450
Environmental Ethics
IV. Economics & Interdependence
POLT 403
United States in World Affairs
BUS 665
International Marketing Strategy Management
ECN 411
Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles
PS 509
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
PS 510
Politics of Food
POLT 560
World Politics
PS 702
International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach
Total Credits20

For more information contact Melinda Negron-Gonzales, minor supervisor, at

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