Students begin with an introductory course on globalization that explores the concept from multiple points of view (historic, political, economic, sociological) and interrogates its impact on particular countries and cultures. Students should select their concentration in the sophomore year as this decision will guide all other curricular decisions, including the selection of the methods course, electives, cultural immersion units and the paper in the major. In the junior year, students in the major will participate in a cultural immersion experience, preferably a semester-long study abroad, in order to get first-hand knowledge of their area of concentration. A senior capstone seminar enables students to integrate study abroad/cultural immersion experience with their culminating research project.
The Global & Cultural Studies major requires a maximum of 39 credits, leaving opportunity for a complementary second major. Many of the courses within the GCS major can also meet the requirements for the second major, as well as satisfy Liberal Education requirements.
National/transnational Institutions electives: PLSC 200: Introduction to International Relations (required); Three courses from the departments of Business Administration, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Religious Studies, and/or History. No more than two courses should be taken in any one department.
Culture electives: one course from Anthropology Peoples of the World series (required). Three courses from Art, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Political Science and/or Economics. No more than two course should be taken in any one department.
Geographical area electives: Study abroad will be in that geographical area and three electives should focus on that region, each of which should be chosen from a different disciplinary perspective.
Issues electives: Students should select four classes relevant to their particular interest, with no more than two in any given department.
The minor in GCS will include 18-19 credits of the following subset of courses from the major: