Global Studies and Cultural Geography Program
Doug Heffington, program director
The Global Studies concentration provides students with a systematic awareness of the global forces and processes directly transforming contemporary societies and individuals. Students achieve a thorough understanding of globalization through a course of study that combines study abroad and language skills with a broad-based educational background. This approach empowers Global Studies students with the tools to pursue graduate work, professional service, and careers in public and private sectors-here and abroad. Where there is the need-national, international, or intercultural-Global Studies students have the education and expertise to meet ever-changing global demands. Majors will select one of the following fields of study and one world region to study:
Fields of Study
- Global Human Diversity and Multiculturalism
- Global Governance and Commerce
- Global Gender
- Middle East
- Latin America
Major Program Requirements
The Global Studies concentration requires a total of 39 hours. These include the six required Global Studies courses listed below for 18 hours credit. The remaining 21 hours are selected from the student’s field of study (12 hours) and selected region (9 hours). The primary goal of the field of study and region class selection is to better prepare the Global Studies student with a specific emphasis coupled with a more focused world regional perspective. This approach offers preparation for majors to enter the global community and world marketplace.
Required General Education Courses (41 hours)
Students select courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. (See General Education .)
Required Courses (18 hours)
Field of Study (12 hours)
The student will select one of the following fields of study: Global Human Diversity and Multiculturalism (for those students interested in aspects of culture), Global Governance and Commerce (for those students interested in government, global affairs, and commerce), and Global Gender (for those students with interest in gender from a global perspective). The student will select 12 upper-division hours (3000- and 4000-level) of electives to meet the field of study requirement. No more than nine (9) hours can be selected from a specific or single discipline. Courses selected for each field of study will be global, multicultural, or transnational in nature and reflect the interest and career goals of the student. The student will select these 12 hours with the approval and guidance of the Global Studies advisor. Courses that may be used for fields of study are provided below. Each contains a global, international, or multicultural component. Note: Other courses may be used that are not on the list only with the approval of the program director. Courses for each field of study will be selected from the following colleges:
- Global Human Diversity and Multiculturalism: Courses will be selected from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, and the College of Mass Communication.
- Global Governance and Commerce: Courses will be selected from the College of Liberal Arts and the Jones College of Business.
- Global Gender: Courses will be selected from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, and the College of Mass Communication.
Region (9 hours)
Students will select one of the following world regions for further study: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Classes that can be used for the region focus are provided at the end of this section. Note: Other courses may be used that are not on the list only with the approval of the program director.
Foreign Language (12 hours)
Global Studies majors will successfully complete 12 hours in a single foreign language that best suits their academic and career needs. This includes 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020 courses for whichever language is selected.
Minor (15-18 hours)
Global Studies majors (in conjunction with the Global Studies advisor) will select a minor(s) that reflects their academic and professional goals, academic interests, plus enhance their degree and field of study. For example, a minor for Global Studies may be topical such as History, Women’s and Gender Studies, or Religious Studies; regional such as Middle East Studies, Latin American Studies, or Russian Studies; skill driven such as Organizational Communication, Entrepreneurship, or Political and Civic Engagement; or focused on language such as Spanish, French, or Japanese.
Electives (needed to complete 120 hours)
These electives will reflect the student’s academic and career interests and will be selected with the advisement of the Global Studies advisor.
Courses for Field of Study
Global Human Diversity and Multiculturalism
Global Governance and Commerce
Courses for Region of Study
Curriculum: Global Studies and Cultural Geography, Global Studies Concentration
Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
Total hours in program: 120