Global Studies Major

In the age of globalization, the Global Studies (GLS) major provides students with a strong background in geography, politics, culture, language, international relations and economics. The major enables them to understand and analyze issues in an international and intercultural context, compete in an interdependent world and succeed in a complex global environment. Students will develop proficiency in at least one foreign language, awareness of the impact of geography and culture on people and events, and the ability to understand the political and economic dimensions of global issues.

The GLS major is built on a base of interdisciplinary courses in global studies. With the advice of their GLS advisor, students develop a program of global studies that matches their academic interests, career goals or plans for future graduate or professional studies.

In addition, all GLS majors must participate in an approved international experience (semester or summer study abroad programs or faculty-led international courses).

In addition to the specific major requirements described below, students must also complete the General Education Curriculum, and additional degree requirements for Arts and Sciences majors, including focused-course requirements, additional electives, modern language requirements and a Minor in Business Studies or Business Studies Major.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
GLS 101Globalization3
GLS 102Comparative Government and Politics (as part of the General Education Core)3
Select one of the following:3
Global Regions
Cross-Cultural Understanding
International Relations
Two GLS 200-level or above courses6
Three GLS electives (any GLS course) 19
One approved Economics (EC) elective with international scope 23
Global Experience
1

Students should meet with a faculty mentor when choosing their electives.

2
EC 311 International Economics or EC 315 The Economics of Multinational Corporations (Business); EC 321 International Economic Growth and Development, EC 331 Modern Economic Systems, or EC 333 Economics of the European Union (Arts and Sciences)