Global Studies

College of Arts & Sciences


Requirements & Courses

Coursework Themes 

The twenty-first century world is one characterized by globalization. The forces of globalization, integration and interdependence, have altered the way human beings interact with one another. World affairs are no longer primarily defined by national boundaries, but by the global integration of resources, ideas and communities.

The Global Studies program offers courses that examine the actors (individuals, countries, non-governmental organizations), ideas and processes that shape the cultural, social, political and economic dimensions of global society. The coursework for this program emphasizes three themes:

Global Culture and Identity

Courses examine how historical, cultural, racial/ethnic, gender and spirituality factors are understood within a global context.

Global Governance and Civil Society

Courses examine how actors encounter the political and social challenges and opportunities posed by integration and interdependence in global society.

Global Economy, Development and Resources

Courses examine the economic forces, technology and natural resources in the global community.

These thematic courses are used to illustrate how similar issues are understood across different communities in global society. The program offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes an enhanced appreciation for global diversity (non-Western cultures/societies) and experiential learning. Global studies majors not only gain a deeper understanding of complex global processes and their consequences but develop skills that enable them to be an agent of a positive change in this rapidly changing global world.