Global Studies Minor

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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

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
United States in World Affairs
Environmental and Human Security
Political Violence and Terrorism
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
Women and War
People on the Move: Immigration and Refugee Policy in Global Perspective
Model United Nations
World Politics
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Selected Topics Politics and Society
International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach
Dictatorship and Democracy
II. Culture & Society
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Art History
British Literature III: Monsters and Machines
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English
Introduction to African Literatures in English
Special Topics in Literature
World History to the 16th Century
World History in the Modern Era
Foreign Cultures
Origins of European Society
Twentieth Century Europe
Humanities I
Humanities II
III. Environment & Health
Our Changing Planet
Diseases of the 21st Century
Global Science Exploration
Dynamic Earth
Regional Geography of the Western World
Regional Geography of the Non-Western World
Environmental and Human Security
Politics of Food
Environmental Ethics
IV. Economics & Interdependence
United States in World Affairs
International Marketing Strategy Management
Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
Politics of Food
World Politics
International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach
Total Credits20

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