2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies (B.A.): Global Studies Concentration - L


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Program Description

The Global Studies major is comprised of a minimum of 45 to 46 credits. The foundational core gives students a broad education in the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, history, political science, geography and economics.

Once accepted to the program, students will be assigned an advisor who will work closely with them in registering, and in selecting appropriate internships or international experience and studies abroad for their skills and interests. Students will complete a senior thesis research project, and defend the thesis in an oral presentation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the majors of Global Studies will be able to:

  1. utilize disciplinary concepts, knowledge, and tools of the social sciences to analyze social phenomena of the past or present that reflect an understanding of the factors that influence human social behavior
  2. conduct an original research based on history and social science research methodologies, and write a senior thesis that conforms to the standards of the discipline(s)
  3. present research findings clearly and accurately in the form of an oral presentation with use of appropriate visualization of presented material;
  4. acquire skills and behaviors necessary for obtaining employment and succeeding in the professional world (internships, community involvement projects, etc.);
  5. demonstrate a critical understanding of cultural phenomena.

Students will also do one of the following: travel outside the U.S.; learn a foreign language (minimum two semesters); write an essay focusing on the role of social factors such as race, gender, ethnicity, religion, history and the global economy in shaping cultural reality in the world today.

Foundations of Social Science: (21-22 credits)


Note: SSC 1040, Introduction to the Social Sciences, is recommended for all first year Global Studies majors.

Global Studies Concentration (18 credits)


Choose at least 18 credits (at least nine credits at the 3000/4000 level) from the following: 

Note: No more than six credits of fieldwork courses (ANT-3820, SSC 2020 and SSC-3820) may be counted toward the degree.

Academic and Fieldwork Opportunities


Social Science majors may elect to make independent arrangements to study abroad with faculty approval. Internships undertaken through Cooperative Education enable students to gain firsthand experience in areas related to their major and interests. Students have acted as legislative aides in government, worked in museums, law offices, correctional facilities, and have been involved with social-service delivery programs and with municipal government research projects.

In addition, the department offers a number of opportunities for students to experience the culture of a foreign country by traveling to that country and visiting historic and cultural sites, cultural events, and interacting with the people and culture. The department also offers ANT 3820 Antropology Fieldwork and SSC 3820 Global Studies Fieldwork.  Only two fieldwork/trip courses will count towards the advanced area studies credits in either major.

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