Global Studies Minor (Manchester)

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

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

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. The five courses must span at least two different thematic pillars. Students must take at least three 500-level or above courses to complete the minor. Students wishing to use transfer credits from other universities should meet with the minor supervisor to determine eligibility toward the minor. 

Students in the accelerated master’s track in Global Conflict & Human Security may use up to three courses or nine credits of approved 800-level courses in the GCHS master’s degree toward the minor.  

Students in the accelerated master’s tracks in Public Policy or Public Administration may use up to two courses or six credits of approved 800-level PPOL and PA courses toward the minor.  

In total, students may use up to 12 credits of 800-level courses toward the global studies minor. 

Select five approved courses in at least two of the four pillars:16-20
I. Governance & Conflict
United States in World Affairs
Political Violence and Terrorism
Comparative Homeland Security Systems
Environmental and Human Security
Comparative Homeland Security Systems Lab
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
Women and War
Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture
World Politics
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Explorations (European Crisis 1900-1945)
Explorations (Justice, Violence and Society)
Conflict & Human Security
Global Governance
Special Studies (Justice, Violence and Society)
Fundamentals of Policy Analysis
Policy Across Borders
Media Strategy and Skills
II. Culture & Society
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Art History
British Literature III: Revolts, Renewals, Migrations
Reading the Postcolonial Experience
Contemporary African Literature
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
World Regions: Europe and the Americas
World Regions: Asia and Africa
Environmental and Human Security
Politics of Food
Environmental Ethics
International Development & Human Security
Environmental Security, Climate Change and Conflict
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
Foundations and Theories of Public Administration
Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Leadership Theory and Practice
Non-Profit Management
Total Credits16-20