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Language requirement

Students in this major must demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language equivalent to passing the fourth semester of a college-level course.

Civic engagement

Students in this major are encouraged to do their required civic engagement component (part of the General Education requirement) through study abroad, or through an internship with an international business or nonprofit agency.


Required Core Courses: (21 credits total)

  • GBL 201 Introduction to Global Studies (3 credits)
  • ECO 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECO 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • HIS 201 World History [or other regional history course] (3 credits)
  • PSC 371 ECCE: Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
  • PSC 373 ECCE: Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
  • SOA 102 World Cultures; or POS 303 ECCE: Cultural Geography;
    or ENG 150 Topics in World Literature (all 3 credits each)

Concentration Menus (choice of 4 courses from one concentration)

Globalization Concentration

  • BUS 381 ECCE: Business and Developing Countries (3 credits)
  • COM 425 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • ECO 421 Comparative Economic Systems (3 credits)
  • ECO 447 International Trade and Finance (3 credits)
  • PSC 428 Globalization and the Future of Democracy (4 credits)
  • PSC 463 International Political Economy (4 credits)

Politics & Diplomacy Concentration

  • PSC 474 American Foreign Policy (4 credits)
  • HIS 443 American Foreign Relations in the 20th Century (4 credits)
  • PSC 473 War & Peace (4 credits)
  • HIS 470 Topics in 20th Century World History (4 credits)
  • PSC 470 Terrorism (4 credits)
  • PSC 462 International Law and Organizations (4 credits)

Self-Designed Regional or Topical Concentration (with approval of advisor)

Possible courses:

  • ENS 311 Global Change and Local Places (3 credits)
  • HIS 459/ENS 412 World Environmental Thought (4 credits)
  • ENS 461 Geopolitics: Geographical Aspects of International Affairs (3 credits)
  • HIS 463 Europe in the 20th Century (4 credits)
  • WGS 453/SOA 453 ECCE: Women Across Cultures (4 credits)
  • SOA 455/WGS 456 Women in Political Movements (4 credits)

Required Capstone Course

  • GBL 491 Capstone Course (3 credits)

TOTAL CREDITS: 36-40

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