Global Studies Major (OCE Only)
David V. Fiordalis, Ph.D. • Religious Studies (Coordinator)
Sharon Bailey Glasco, Ph.D. • History (Coordinator)
The program is offered only through Online and Continuing Education (OCE).
The Global Studies major aims to educate students about particular regions around the world, including the United States, from a global perspective, through the examination of historical and contemporary trends of global society and events. Using different disciplinary perspectives, including History, Religious Studies, Political Science and Communication Studies, students majoring in Global Studies will be exposed to diverse historical, cultural, religious, social, and political dimensions of various geographic regions, and prompted to consider their broader significance to the world.
This major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this catalog.
Completion of 43 credits, distributed as follows. In mapping out the shape of their particular Global Studies major, students will demonstrate a high level of agency and responsibility in the development of their plan of study.
|RELS 110||APPROACHES TO RELIGION||4|
|COMM 230||INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES||3|
|HIST 122||HISTORY OF WORLD CIVILIZATIONS TO 1500||4|
|or HIST 123||HISTORY OF WORLD CIVILIZATIONS SINCE 1500|
|IDST 485||SENIOR SEMINAR||4|
|IDST 490||SENIOR PROJECT||4|
|Additional Credits (Select 24 credits of the following, with at least 8 upper division credits and a minimum of 4 credits from each group):||24|
|Historical and Cultural Studies|
|LATIN AMERICA SINCE 1810 AMERICA|
|TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (can be repeated if topic differs)|
|THE US-MEXICO BORDER REGION|
|HISTORY OF MODERN BRITAIN|
|HISTORY OF IRELAND|
|SLAVERY IN THE AMERICAS|
|INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIAN CULTURE|
|Religious Studies and Philosophy|
|THE HOLY QUR'AN|
|PHILOSOPHY EAST & WEST (ALSO LISTED AS PHIL 160)|
|OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS|
|HISTORY OF RELIGION OF THE MIDDLE EAST (ALSO LISTED AS HIST 310)|
|DEAD SEA SCROLLS|
|POLITICS AND RELIGION (ALSO LISTED AS RELS 315)|
|POLITICS AND THE ARTS|
|U.S. FOREIGN POLICY|
Given the interdisciplinary nature of Global Studies, students may select additional coursework from several different disciplines to supplement or replace the above, with the approval of a Global Studies Coordinator. Students should work closely with a Global Studies Coordinator to ensure a focused course of study. For example, if a student is interested in foreign language study or studying abroad, and opportunities are available for pursuing such studies, then a Global Studies Coordinator can help the student to integrate such coursework into a personalized curriculum. The courses listed below represent only an indication of those currently offered in OCE, and are not inclusive; where appropriate, students may work with a Global Studies Coordinator to include other coursework taken (either through OCE or elsewhere) to count toward the major requirements.
Student Learning Outcomes
In successfully completing the major, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate some familiarity with diverse historical, socio-cultural, religious and political contexts around the globe, including the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
- Demonstrate sustained engagement, from one or more disciplinary perspectives, including history, religious studies, political science, communication studies, or other disciplines, with the ideas, value systems, practices, and social formations of a particular culture or region, historically or contemporarily (or both).
- Demonstrate an appreciation for the contribution of different disciplinary perspectives to the understanding of local and global issues and their complexities.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical implications of global citizenship, informed by global awareness and cross-cultural understanding.
- Develop the skills necessary to examine critically a broad range of historical, cultural, and religious traditions and to assess how the values associated with those traditions shape people’s lives.
- Demonstrate proficiency in research and communication skills, both oral and written, which promote critical thought and personal growth.