Major in GLIS

Undergraduate Degree - Global and International Studies in Social Science

The Global and International Studies in Social Science major provides students with breadth in social science foundational courses combined with in-depth knowledge in a world region or global topic. World region concentrations include African Studies, Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, European Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Russian and Eurasian Studies. Global topical concentrations include Gender and Global Change and International Development. Students enrolled in a concentration cannot complete a minor in the same concentration area.

In addition to academic focus on a region or theme, students must demonstrate second-year language proficiency relevant to their course of study. Students develop understanding of the processes of continuity and change in various world regions through multidisciplinary theory and practice and use of methodologies, theories, and literatures of various disciplines and fields.

To view degree requirements as they appear on the MSU Registrar's site, click this link:

https://reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms/ProgramDetail.aspx?Program=7758 

Students should consult with their academic advisor to ensure all University and College of Social Science requirements are met. 

All GLIS majors are required to take three foundation courses, and introduction to interdisciplinarity and a capstone course, as follows:

Three foundation courses, with no more than one course from a single department/discipline:

 

ANP

201

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

EC

201

Introduction to Microeconomics

EC

202

Introduction to Macroeconomics

GEO

151

Human Geography

GEO

204

World Regional Geography

HST

140

World History to 1500

HST

150

World History since 1500

PLS

140

Government and Politics of the World

PLS

160

Introduction to International Relations

PSY

101

Introductory Psychology

SOC

161

International Development and Change

UP

100

The City

 

SSC 299, Integration of Social Science Perspectives, to be completed following completion of the foundation courses and prior to the Capstone course

SSC 499, Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, to be completed during the senior year

Specific requirements for each concentration: