The Global Studies major provides an opportunity to acquire information, knowledge, and interpretive paradigms that enhance students' understanding of the changing world order and enable them to live more fulfilling and useful lives. This multidisciplinary major requires coursework that trains students to analyze the world in a variety of contexts—geographic, historical, economic, environmental, political, cultural, social, religious, philosophical, and aesthetic. Through their courses and study abroad, students develop the critical skills they will need to achieve their goals in our increasingly integrated local, national, and world communities. Upon completion of the Global Studies major, students will be able to demonstrate:
- The ability to identify and analyze patterns of human interdependence, including
- the contested notion of globalization, and the multiple and cumulative impacts of the powerful forces driving this process;
- the global variety of organizational structures, institutions, and processes;
- the ways in which cultures and peoples structure and frame common and competing interests in—and understandings of—the world;
- interrelationships among cultures, environments, places, and technologies;
- global environmental problems and mitigation strategies.
- In-depth knowledge and analysis of concepts, theories and information gained through a concentrated exploration of one particular global theme.
- In-depth knowledge and analysis of one particular region and its relationship to the rest of the world.
- Understanding of multiple worldviews derived from academic study, proficiency in a modern foreign language, and cultural immersion abroad.
All majors must complete 51 credits: 18 credits in required core courses, 9 credits in one thematic concentration, 9 credits in one regional concentration, 12 credits in a foreign language, 0-2 credits in GLB 3810 - Cultural Immersion Experience , and 3 credits in GLB 4610 - Global Studies Capstone Seminar .