Jun 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies (GLBS) - BA Major

42-43 credits

Minor (or additional major if non-dual degree seeking) required.

2.0 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all major courses unless otherwise noted.

At least 18 credits of 300/400-level courses required.

Global Studies Major Map  


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 major. This major is organized in two parts. In the first part students take courses that are global in scope. In the second part student take courses pertaining to a particular global area of their choice and also study the language and culture of these areas. 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

4 Global Anchor Courses (12 credits)

3 Global Supporting Theme Courses (9 credits)

Electives: Cultural Literacy, World Languages, & World Regions (21-22 credits)

Global Anchor Courses (12 credits)

Global Theme Electives (9 credits)

Global electives are organized in four themes. Students must take at least 6 credits from one of the themes.

  • 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.

Electives (21-22 credits)

Select one option:

  • Option 1: 16 credits World Languages and 6 credits World Regions
  • Option 2: 12 credits World Languages, 4 credits Cultural Literacy, and 6 credits World Regions
  • Option 3: 12 credits Cultural Literacy and 9 credits World Regions

Cultural Literacy (0-12 credits)

World Languages (0-16 credits)

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

World Regions (6-9 credits)

World Regions courses must correspond with language being learned.

Dual Degrees

Students wishing to complete two degrees concurrently, (example: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) must complete a minimum of an additional 30 credits above the required 120-128 credit hours. Students must complete all major requirements under both degrees, including separate minors if required.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement