Major in GLIS

Global and International Studies in Social Science, B.A.

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.

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, an introduction to interdisciplinarity, a capstone, and a research methods course. The requirements are 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

One of the following research methodology courses (3 or 4 credits):
ANP 429 Ethnographic Field Methods 4
ANP 461 Method and Theory in Historical Archaeology 3
ANP 464 Field Methods in Archaeology 2 to 6
CJ 292 Methods of Criminal Justice Research 3
EC 420 Introduction to Econometric Methods 3
GEO 221 Introduction to Geographic Information 3
GEO 324 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
GEO 363 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Geographers 3
HST 201 Historical Methods and Skills 3
PLS 201 Introduction to Methods of Political Analysis 4
PSY 295 Data Analysis in Psychological Research 3
SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I 4
WS 203 Introduction to Methods for Women’s and Gender Studies Research 3


Students must select one of the following concentrations to specialize their global studies. The degree requires a completion of a minimum of 15 credits in regardless of their concentration with no more than two courses form a single discipline. At least 9 credits must be from the College of Social Science:

  • African Studies
    African Studies
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 416 Anthropology of Southern Africa 3
    EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa (W) 3
    GEO 338 Geography of Africa 3
    HST 208 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society 4
    HST 360 African History to 1800 3
    HST 361 African History since 1800 3
    HST 364 South Africa: From Shaka Zulu to Mandela 3
    HST 421 Women and Gender in Africa 3
    HST 450 Special Topics in African History 3
    HST 484 Seminar in African History (W) 3
    PLS 351 African Politics 3
    SOC 161 International Development and Change 3
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    ENG 317 Readings in African and Caribbean Literatures 3
    ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
    HA 271 African Art 3
    HA 471 Selected Topics in African Art 4
    JRN 375 International Journalism and Media 3
    JRN 475 International News and Government Dynamics 3
    MC 441 Islam and World Politics 4
    PHL 351 African Philosophy 3
    RCAH 203 Transcultural Relations through the Ages 4
    REL 360 African Religion 3

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency is met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in Swahili, Arabic, Intermediate Individualized African Language+

     

  • Asian Studies
    Asian Studies
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 414 Anthropology of South Asia 3
    ANP 415 China: Culture and Society 3
    EC 413 Economic Analysis of Asia (W) 3
    GEO 337 Geography of Asia-Pacific 3
    HST 209 Traditional East Asia 4
    HST 210 Modern East Asia 4
    HST 261 The First Imperial Age, 1600-1750 3
    HST 365 The Vietnam War 3
    HST 366 Southeast Asia in the Age of Empire 3
    HST 367 Imperial China 3
    HST 368 China since 1900 3
    HST 369 Japan to 1800 3
    HST 370 Japan since 1800 3
    HST 451 Special Topics in Asian History 3
    HST 485 Seminar in Asian History (W) 3
    PLS 354 Politics of Asia 3
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    CHS 360 Cinematic Studies of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan  3
    ENG 352 Readings in Asian or Asian American Literature 3
    HA 260 Asian Art 3
    HA 261 Modern Asia Art 3
    JRN 475 International News and Government Dynamics 3
    LL 250B Topics in National Cinemas: East Asian Cinema 3
    MC 319 Asian American History 4
    MC 324D Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Asia 4
    REL 335 East Asian Religions 3
    REL 355 Southeast Asian Religions 3

    Second-Year Foreign Language Competency can be met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in:  Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Tamil, Vietnamese, Hindi, Korean, Thai, Malay, Persian, Turkish, Uzbek, Tagalog/Filipino Nepali, Bahasa/Indonesian, Russian, Telegu, Bengali, or Khmer.

  • Canadian Studies
    Canadian Studies
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 411 North American Indian Ethnography 3
    ANP 432 American Indian Women 3
    CJ 439 Homeland Security 3
    GEO 113 Introduction to Economic Geography 3
    GEO 330 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
    HST 301 Colonial America: Three Worlds Meet 3
    SOC 310 Global Migration 3
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    ENG 204 Topics in North American Literatures 3
    FW 207 Great Lakes: Biology and Management 3
    REL 306 Native American Religions 3
    The content in FW 207 must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency requirement is met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in French or Ojibwe.

     

     

  • European Studies
    European Studies
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 416 Anthropology of Southern Africa 3
    GEO 336 Environmental Geomorphology 3
    HST 335 Europe in the Age of Revolution, 1700-1870 3
    HST 336 Contemporary Europe, 1870 to Present 3
    HST 337 European Power, Culture, and Thought: Renaissance to the Enlightenment 3
    HST 338 European Power, Culture and Thought: The Modern Era 3
    HST 341 Modern Britain since 1688 3
    HST 347 Modern France 3
    HST 348 Modern Germany 3
    HST 392 History of the Holocaust 3
    HST 412 Women in Modern European History 3
    HST 414 World War II: Causes, Conduct and Consequences 3
    HST 415 The First World War 3
    HST 452 Special Topics in European History 3
    HST 483 Seminar in Modern European History (W) 3
    PLS 356 Politics of Europe and the European Union 3
    PLS 357 Politics of English-Speaking Democracies 3
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    AL 431 European Fairy Tale Tradition 3
    HA 210 Medieval Art 3
    HA 230 Renaissance and Baroque Art 3
    JRN 475 International News and Government Dynamics 3
    MC 324E Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in Europe 4
    MC 329 European Security: Challenges and Strategies 4
    MC 331 Encounters with Post-Communism 4
    MC 387 Jews and Anti-Semitism 4
    REL 275 Magic and Mysticism: Western Esoteric Traditions and Practices 3
    REL 310 Judaism 3
    ROM 355 French, Italian, and Spanish Cinema since 1930 4

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency can be met with courses or placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in  French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Russian, Turkish

  • Gender and Global Change
    Gender and Global Change
    Both of the following courses:
    WS 201 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies 3
    WS 202 Introduction to Contemporary Feminisms and Gender Theories 3
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 220 Gender Relations in Comparative Perspective 3
    ANP 270 Women and Health: Anthropological and International Perspectives 3
    ANP 432 American Indian Women 3
    CJ 425 Women and Criminal Justice 3
    HST 312 African American Women 3
    HST 313 Women in the U.S. to 1869 3
    HST 314 Women in the U.S. since 1869 3
    HST 412 Women in Modern European History 3
    HST 420 History of Sexuality since the 18th Century 3
    HST 421 Women and Gender in Africa 3
    PSY 339 Psychology of Women 3
    SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency requirement can be met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in any foreign language other than English.

  • International Development
    International Development
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
    EC 310 Economics of Developing Countries 3
    EC 410 Issues in Economics of Developing Countries (W) 3
    HST 260 Navigations and Encounters in an Age of Discovery 3
    HST 261 The First Imperial Age, 1600 – 1750 3
    HST 326 United States Foreign Relations since 1914 3
    HST 390 History of International Relations 3
    PLS 342 Comparative Political Economy 3
    PLS 344 Politics of Developing Areas 3
    PLS 363 International and Domestic Political Conflict 3
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    ANR 250 Global Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources 3
    EEP 260 World Food, Population and Poverty 3
    GSAH 220 Global Interactions and Identities 3
    PHL 358 Philosophy, Gender and Global Development 3
    PHL 452 Ethics and Development 3
    WS 403 Women and Change in Developing Countries 3

     

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency requirement can be met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in any foreign language other than English.

     

  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 410 Anthropology of Latin America 3
    EC 412 Economic Analysis of Latin America (W) 3
    GEO 335 Geography of Latin America 3
    HST 211 Colonial Latin America 4
    HST 212 National Latin America 4
    HST 382 Modern Brazil 3
    HST 383 The Caribbean 3
    HST 384 Modern Mexico 3
    HST 453 Special Topics in Latin American History 3
    HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3
    PLS 352 Latin American Politics 3
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literatures 3
    JRN 475 International News and Government Dynamics 3
    MC 324C Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Latin America and the Caribbean 4

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency requirement can be met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in Portuguese, Spanish, French.

     

  • Middle Eastern Studies
    Middle Eastern Studies
    College of Social Science courses:
    ANP 419 Anthropology of the Middle East 3
    GEO 339 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa 3
    HST 205 The Ancient Mediterrean and the Medieval World 4
    HST 372 The Middle East: Islam and Empires 3
    HST 373 The Modern Middle East: From Empires to Nation States 3
    HST 487 Seminar in Comparative History (W) 3
    The content in HST 487 must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    JRN 375 International Journalism and Media 3
    MC 324A Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Middle East 4
    MC 335 Israeli Politics, Cultures and Society 4
    MC 441 Islam and World Politics 4
    REL 310 Judaism 3
    REL 330 Islam 3

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency requirement can be met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian/Farsi, Turkish

  • Russian and Eurasian Studies
    Russian and Eurasian Studies
    College of Social Science courses:
    EC 406 Economic Analysis of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (W)  3
    HA 271 African Art 3
    HST 326 United States Foreign Relations since 1914 3
    HST 342 Modern Eastern Europe 3
    HST 343 Russian from Peter the Great to Lenin 3
    HST 344 Russia in the Twentieth Century 3
    HST 414 World War II: Causes, Conduct and Consequences 3
    HST 415 The First World War 3
    MC 441 Islam and World Politics 4
    PLS 358 Politics of the U.S.S.R. and Its Successor States 3
    Courses outside of the College of Social Science:
    LL 250D Topics in National Cinemas: Russian and Soviet Cinema 3
    MC 321 The Cold War: Culture, Politics and Foreign Policy 4
    MC 324E Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in Europe 4
    MC 328 Russian Foreign Policy 4
    MC 329 European Security: Challenges and Strategies 4
    MC 331 Encounters with Post-Communism 4
    MC 387 Jews and Anti-Semitism 4
    RUS 231 19th-Century Russian Literature in Translation 3
    RUS 232 20th-Century Russian Literature in Translation 3

    Second Year Foreign Language Competency requirement can be met by taking courses or via placement exam scores in a 3/400 level course in Russian, Turkish, Uzbek, Polish, Tajik, Kazak, Kyrgyz, Persian/Farsi, Azerbajani.

You can find our GLIS degree checklist here!