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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies - North American Option (GSNA) - BA Major

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BA Major - Global Studies

49 S.H. (No Minor Required)

This major has two parts:

  • Part I (Global Perspectives) provides students a general framework that organizes the different aspects of globalization.
  • Part II (Regional Perspectives) offers students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about one of the following regions of the world: Asia, Europe, Latin America, or North America.

Students can examine the impact of global developments on the region they choose to study, and conversely, the impact of regions in influencing global forces. The emphasis upon global-regional interaction is the distinguishing feature of this program.

Part I: Global Perspectives (21 S.H.)

Major Electives (15 S.H.)

Electives (for majors and minors) are organized in the following four categories:

  • Global Environment: Courses in this category consider the wholeness of the physical environment of the globe, the potential of its resources to meet human needs, the effects of human activity on the global environment, and the ways in which its resources can be responsibly managed.
  • Global Governance: Courses in this category examine whether current international organizations can adequately cope with contemporary problems caused by globalization. These courses also examine efforts by various groups and countries to develop rules, norms, and institutions that can respond consistent with universal standards of human dignity and responsibility.
  • Global Society and Culture: Courses in this category explore the emergence of common norms, values, and behavior around the world as a result of globalization and the spread of technology. They also examine expression and culture in different parts of the world and the dynamic of conflict and cooperation between local and global cultures.
  • Global Economy: Courses in this category deal with the emergence of the global market economy, the way in which it operates, and the reaction of governments and non-governmental groups.

Students may not count more than nine credits from any one of these categories as credit toward the major.

Global Environment

Global Governance

Global Society and Culture

Computer Science - CS

Educational Foundation, Research and Technology - EFRT

English - ENG

Geography - GEOG

Music - MUS

Recreation, Tourism, and Therapeutic Recreation - RTTR

Global Economy

Part II: Regional Perspectives (28 S.H.)

Students must choose one of the following areas of concentration: Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, or North American Studies.

North American Option (GSNA)

Required Courses (3 S.H.)

World Language and Cultural Immersion (16 S.H.)

Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency (202 or equivalent) in either Spanish or French. With the approval of the department chair, world language requirements can be waived for students if English is their second language, provided they take an equivalent number of credits from the Regional Perspectives Electives.

Electives – Regional Perspectives (9 S.H.)

Choose three:

Mass Communication – MCOM

Women’s and Gender Studies – WAGS


These requirements can also be fulfilled by taking comparable courses while studying abroad with the consent of the faculty advisor.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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