Jun 22, 2024  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies, B.A.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Proficiency in a Second Language

Students are required to take four semesters of college-level work in the same second language (or equivalent work approved by the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages). Students entering at an advanced level are encouraged to take at least four semesters of upper-level coursework in recognition of the fact that understanding is enhanced through the ability to use the language of other cultures.

Additional Requirements:

In addition, students complete 18-hours of upper-division credit hours (six courses) distributed across the three elective course groupings described below. The student must also complete 12 hours of related upper-division coursework or fulfill the requirements for a minor or second major. Coursework should be chosen in consultation with the Program Director.

Elective Course Groupings


A minimum of six credit hours (two courses) from the list of offerings on Culture:

Courses in the Culture category address patterns of shared and learned beliefs, perceptions, and values that are demonstrated by a society through customs, behaviors, practices, processes, and creative expressions. With permission from the Global Studies director, upper-division KCASE courses in Anthropology may be used to fulfill part or the entire Culture component.


A minimum of six credit hours (two courses) from the list of offerings on Institutions:

Courses in the Institution grouping examine organizational structures such as governments, international governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multinational corporations which serve as frameworks within which individuals behave and interact with one another locally, nationally, and globally.


A minimum of six credit hours (two courses) from the list of offerings on Markets:

Courses in the Markets grouping deal primarily with how individuals, firms, non-governmental organizations, and governments engage in and make decisions regarding resource allocation and the production and distribution of goods and services.

International/Intercultural Experience

(concurrent with GS 3850 )

Students are required to engage in experiential learning in an intercultural or global context. This may include Study Abroad, spring break service trips, Biology field trips, or an intensive local service-learning project. Details of this requirement will be fulfilled in consultation with and approval of the Program Director.

Additional courses may be added to the list of approved Global Studies electives. For descriptions of the upper-division electives in the three course groupings, see the catalog sections of the various departments that sponsor and schedule them.

A grade of C or better is required in each upper-division course of the major. (A grade of C- will not satisfy the requirement.)

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