May 28, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies (GLST) - Minor

21-23 credits

2.0 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all minor courses unless otherwise noted.

At least 12 credits of 300/400-level courses required.


Global Studies is a multidisciplinary study of the changes taking place around the world. These changes have the effect of increasing and intensifying connections between countries, their peoples, and nature. Globalization is a common term used to describe this phenomenon, which is the focus of this minor. The GS minor is organized in two parts. In the first part, students take courses that are global in scope. In the second part, students take courses in the category of Cultural Literacy, World Languages and World Regions. The objective of the global studies program is to enable students to integrate their knowledge of the globe with specific global areas/regions to foster a comprehensive understanding of glocalization.

Program Summary

  • 3 Global Anchor Courses (9 credits)
  • 2 Global Supporting Theme Courses (6 credits)
  • Electives: Cultural Literacy, World Languages, & World Regions (6-8 credits)

Global Anchor Courses (9 credits)

Global Supporting Themes Electives (6 credits)

Global supporting electives are organized in four themes. Students may select any two courses from any theme.

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 managed responsibly.

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 & Culture

Courses in this category explore the emergence of common norms, values, and behavior around the world because 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.

Cultural Literacy, World Language, & World Regions Electives (6-8 credits)

Study Abroad experience may apply with departmental approval via course substitution.

World Languages

Students seeking to test out of a language or earn credits by examination must follow the WSU language program policy.

World Regions

Course(s) Unique to Minor

WSU policy requires a minor contain at least one course unique to the minor and not used in major or additional requirements. See Degree Audit for details.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement