Global Studies

Faculty Top of Page

Deborah Augsburger, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Karl Bahm, Professor, History
Maria Cuzzo, Professor, Legal Studies
Khalil (Haji) Dokhanchi, Professor, Political Science
Eric Edwards, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Olawole Famule, Assistant Professor, Art History
Hilary Fezzey, Assistant Professor, English
Cheong Soon Gan, Assistant Professor, History
James Geidner, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood
Jerry Hembd, Associate Professor, Economics
Vanessa Hettinger, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Brett Jones, Associate Professor, Music
Sakib Mahmud, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Management
Daniela Mansbach, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Rubana Muhjabeen, Assistant Professor, Economics
Ephraim Nikoi, Assistant Professor, Communicating Arts
Zamira Simkins, Assistant Professor, Economics
Joel Sipress, Professor, History
Richard Stewart, Professor, Transportation Logistics
Priscilla Starratt, Professor, History
Shin-Ping Liu Tucker, Associate Professor, Information Technology
Michael Waxman, Professor, Chemistry

Global Studies Program Top of Page

A 24-credit minor is available in Global Studies. It is coordinated and led by the Global Studies coordinator and by the Global Studies Advisory Committee, a free-standing committee made up of interested faculty and staff.

The Global Studies undergraduate minor was approved in 2009. The minor is interdisciplinary with courses offered by a number of academic departments and programs. Members of the Global Studies Committee serve as faculty contacts for this minor. Students choosing this minor must take 24 credits from courses in the approved list in consultation with a Global Studies faculty advisor.

The mission of the Global Studies Program is to offer a "window on the world" and strengthen global awareness. Students studying Global Studies will gain knowledge, experience and skills for global citizenship through various courses from multiple disciplines. The core courses provide conceptual foundations to think globally. The elective courses enable students to explore their own interests in various pedagogical paths, including study abroad, language acquisition, area study, and issue-specific study. Students are encouraged to consider multiple perspectives and ideas and to advance their critical thinking skills by taking courses from multiple disciplines.

Global Studies Minor Top of Page

24 total credits

A minimum of 9 credits must be 300 level or higher.

9 credits from three different disciplines required

Global Studies Capstone (0 credits required):

Global Studies Capstone -- 0.00 credits

Introduction to the Global Society required course (3 credits required):

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Modern World History -- 3.00 credits
The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits

Contemporary Global Issues required courses (3 credits required):

Global Social Problems -- 3.00 credits

Comparative Studies of Culture and Society required course (3 credits required):

The Human Experience -- 3.00 credits
World Literature I -- 3.00 credits
World Literature II -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits
World Religions -- 3.00 credits
Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits

Elective courses (15 credits from at least three different disciplines and 9 credits must be above 300 level):

Up to six credits of college or university-level second language coursework that are not applied to other major/minor requirements may be counted toward the Global Studies minor. The second language means any second language other than the student's own primary language(s).

Study abroad courses may be counted toward the Global Studies minor as long as those courses meet one of the criteria for elective courses and with an approval by the Global Studies advisory committee.

  1. At least half of the course materials approach a subject comparatively across different regions in the world or deal with global or international phenomena that have local implications; and
  2. The course focuses on the development of skills and abilities needed for meaningful cross-cultural and transnational interactions, active involvement with global issues and cultivation of global citizenship.)

Environmental Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
The History of Indigenous Peoples -- 3.00 credits
The History of Indigenous Peoples -- 3.00 credits
Cultures of Mesoamerica -- 3.00 credits
Visual Arts in Non-Western Societies -- 3.00 credits
Research in Art -- 3.00 credits
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility -- 3.00 credits
International Business -- 3.00 credits
Our Chemical Environment -- 2.00 credits
Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
International Economics -- 3.00 credits
Development Economics -- 3.00 credits
Comparative Economic Systems -- 3.00 credits
Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits
Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 credits
Empire in Modern Asia -- 3.00 credits
Development and Underdevelopment in Latin America -- 3.00 credits
Africa In Modern Times -- 3.00 credits
War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits


War and Peace in Bosnia -- 3.00 credits
War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits


War and Peace in Northern Ireland -- 3.00 credits
The Muslim World -- 3.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Nationalism and Nationalist Movements -- 3.00 credits
The History of Indigenous Peoples -- 3.00 credits
Slavery and Prejudice -- 3.00 credits
Women, Colonialism, and Nationalism in Modern Southeast Asia -- 3.00 credits
Interrogating the Vietnam War: A History of Modern Vietnam (1885-1975) -- 3.00 credits
Modern India: From Gandhi to Slumdog Millionaire -- 3.00 credits
Global E-Commerce Systems -- 3.00 credits
Comparative Law and Courts -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Culture and Identity -- 3.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Environmental Sociology -- 3.00 credits
International and Intermodal Transportation Management -- 3.00 credits

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  • Become able to demonstrate increased: 1) basic knowledge of global geography and history; 2) basic knowledge of the global political/economic/social structures and institutional processes that link the globe; 3) basic methodological knowledge that fosters appreciation of other cultures (INFORMATION)
  • Develop knowledge and skills for democratic communication across cultures (COMMUNICATION)
  • Become actively involved in global issues and cultivate the sense of global citizenship (INVOLVEMENT)