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The interdisciplinary Global Studies Minor is designed to help undergraduates to develop a broader perspective on the world, to better understand other cultures including their history and inter-relations, and to lay the foundation for life-long learning about global issues.  The minor will help prepare students for a host on international-oriented careers.

The world is increasingly interdependent, in terms of economics, politics, migration, media, climate, and culture.  More than ever, educated citizens need to understand current affairs occurring in distant parts of the world, and to do so from the perspective of different regions and cultures. 


Faculty Steering Committee


Select Faculty with International Interests

  • Karen Baertsch (Linguistics)
  • Nilanjana Bardhan (Speech Communication)
  • Getahun Benti (History)
  • Douglas Berger (Philosophy)
  • Frank Chipasula (Black American Studies)
  • Jon Davey (Architecture)
  • John Downing (Global Media Research Center)
  • Leonard Gadzekpo (Black American Studies)
  • Charles Hammond (Foreign Languages & Literatures)
  • Sajal Lahiri (Economics)
  • Chris Mullins (Criminology & Criminal Justice)
  • Fred Solt (Political Science)
  • Rachel Stocking (History)
  • Satoshi Toyosaki (Speech Communication)
  • Joseph Young (Political Science/Criminology & Criminal Justice)
  • Yu-Wei Wang (Psychology)
  • Anne Winston Allen (Foreign Languages & Literatures)

Course Requirements

  • 6 courses (18 CHs), including
    • 2 from A (Global/Comparative courses) and
    • 1 each from B (Africa), C (Asia), D (Latin America), and E (Europe)
    • (additional courses and substitutions as approved). 
  • No more than 3 courses will be allowed from any one department.
  • At least 2 courses must be at the 300- or 400-level. 
  • Any formal study abroad experience (3+ credits) may substitute for 1 course in the relevant regional area (B, C, D, or E).  Only 1 such substitution is allowed.
  • Notes:
    • some courses have pre-requisites (marked *).
    • some courses are Core Curriculum courses (marked UCC):  you could “globalize” your Core Curriculum experience.

A.  Global / Comparative

Art & Design (AD)

  • 207a Introduction to Art History  (a) Ancient Civilizations.
  • 207c Introduction to Art History  (c) Renaissance to Present.
  • 448 Art of Small Scale Cultures

Anthropology (ANTH)

  • 104 The Human Experience (UCC)
  • 208 World Prehistory
  • 304 Origins of Civilization
  • 370 Contemporary Human Problems

Architectural Studies (ARC)

  • 231 Architectural History (UCC)
  • 314i Expressions in Architecture (UCC)

Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJ)

  • 476 Comparative Criminal Justice*

Economics (ECON)

  • 302i History & Philosophy of World’s Economic Systems (UCC)
  • 329 Introduction to International Economics*

Foreign Languages & Literatures (FL)

  • 301i Cross-Cultural Orientation (UCC)

Geography & Environmental Resources (GEOG)

  • 100 Environmental Conservation (UCC)
  • 103 World Geography (UCC)
  • 300i Geography, People, and the Environment (UCC)
  • 304 Geography of Globalization*
  • 421 Urban Geography
  • 424 Sustainable Development
  • 439 Global Climate Change

History (HIST)

  • 101a History of World Civilization (To Industrialization) (UCC)
  • 101b History of World Civilization (Since the Age of Encounter) (UCC)
  • 112 The Twentieth Century World (UCC)
  • 358i Intro to Peace Studies
  • 383 Islamic Civilization
  • 447 Culture and Imperialism
  • 473 Comparative Slavery
  • 488 Islamic Political Movements

Journalism (JRNL)

  • 306i International Media Systems (UCC)
  • 401 International Communication

Philosophy (PHIL)

  • 103 World Humanities (a or b) (UCC)

Political Science (POLS)

  • 250 Comparative Politics
  • 270 Introduction to International Relations
  • 352i Ethnicity, Nationalism & Culture (UCC)
  • 372i International Political Economy
  • 373 International & Transnational Organizations*
  • 375 War & Force in World Politics
  • 480 International Politics

Sociology (SOC)

  • 304i Global Perspective on the Family
  • 307 Global Perspective on Sexual Diversity
  • 437 Sociology of Globalization and Development
  • 438 Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations
  • 476 Religion and Politics

Speech Communication (SPCM)

  • 441 Intercultural Communication*
  • 448 Intercultural Training*

B.  Africa

Anthropology (ANTH)

  • 271 Africa in African Cinema
  • 310a Introduction to Peoples:  (a) Africa (same as AFR 310a)
  • 310f Introduction to Peoples:  (f) Middle East & North Africa
  • 410h African Expressive Culture
  • 430C Archaeology of Africa

Africana Studies (formerly Black American Studies) (AFR)

  • 135 The Third World: The African Model
  • 225 Social Change in Africa
  • 310 Introduction to Peoples:  Africa (same as ANTH 310a)
  • 314a History of Africa:  (a) to 1800 (same as HIST 387a)
  • 314b History of Africa:  (b) since 1800 (same as HIST 387b)
  • 320 Leaders of the Black World

Art & Design (AD)

  • 458 African Art

History (HIST)

  • 387a History of Africa: (a) to 1800 (same as BAS 314a)
  • 387b History of Africa: (b) since 1800 (same as BAS 314b)
  • 493 Southern Africa: 1800 to End of Apartheid

Political Science (POLS)

  • 467 Governments & Politics of Middle East and North Africa

C.  Asia & Middle East

Chinese (CHIN)

  • 370 Contemporary China*
  • 470 Chinese Literature in Translation

East Asian (EA)

  • 102 East Asian Civilization
  • 300 Masterpieces of Oriental Literature

History (HIST)

  • 380a History of East Asia: (a) to 1600
  • 380b History of East Asia: (b) since 1600
  • 381 History of Modern India
  • 384 Modern Middle East
  • 385 Islam and the West
  • 489 Women State Religion--Middle East

Japanese (JPN)

  • 370 Contemporary Japan*

Philosophy (PHIL)

  • 308i Asian Religion--A Philosophical Approach (UCC)
  • 475 Topics in Asian Philosophy
  • 476 Islamic Philosophy
  • 477 Indian Philosophy (India)
  • 478 Buddhist Philosophy
  • 479 Chinese Philosophy

Political Science (POLS)

  • 461 Governments & Politics of Southeast Asia

D.  Latin America and Caribbean

Anthropology (ANTH)

  • 204 Anthropology of Latino Cultures (UCC)
  • 205 Latin American Civilizations
  • 206 Latin American Popular Cultures
  • 302 Indians of the Americas
  • 310c Introduction to Peoples: (c) Caribbean
  • 310e Introduction to Peoples: (e) South America
  • 310i Introduction to Peoples: (i) Mesoamerica
  • 310j Introduction to Peoples: (j) Andes
  • 430 Archaeology of (b) Mesoamerica* or (f) South America*

Art & Design (AD)

  • 468 Pre-Columbian Art

Geography & Environmental Resources (GEOG)

  • 303i Physical Geography of the Americas

History (HIST)

  • 370a History of Latin America: (a) Colonial Latin America
  • 370b History of Latin America: (b) Independent Latin America

Philosophy (PHIL)

  • 360 Latin American Philosophy

Political Science (POLS)

  • 466 Governments & Politics of Latin America*

Spanish (SPAN)

  • 370b Hispanic Culture and Civilization:  A survey of the cultural heritage of the Spanish-American people*
  • 434 Colonial Literature*

E.  Europe

Art & Design (AD)

  • 207b Introduction to Art History (b) Ancient Rome-Early Renaissance.

Anthropology (ANTH)

  • 310 Introduction to Peoples  (d) Europe.

Classics (CLAS)

  • 270 Greek Civilization
  • 271 Roman Civilization

English (ENGL)

  • 302a Literary History of Britain:  (a) Beowulf to Civil War
  • 302b Literary History of Britain: (b) Restoration to 1900
  • 425 Modern Continental Poetry
  • 448 Irish Literature
  • 455 Modern Continental Fiction
  • 464 Modern British Drama
  • 465 Modern Continental Drama

Foreign Languages & Literatures (FL)

  • 200 Masterpieces of World Literature (a, b, or c) (UCC)

French (FR)

  • 101a French Language and Culture I
  • 101b French Language and Culture II*
  • 440 Literature of the Enlightenment
  • 470 French Culture and Civilization*

German (GER)

  • 101a German Language and Culture I
  • 101b German Language and Culture II*
  • 335 The Germans I:  From Tribes to Empire in History and Literature*
  • 337 The Germans II: From Reich to Republic in History and Literature*
  • 370 Contemporary Germany*

History (HIST)

  • 201 Art, Music, and Ideas in the Western World
  • 205a History of Western Civilization: (a) Ancient times through 16th century
  • 205b History of Western Civilization: (b) 17th century to present
  • 337 Modern Russia
  • 338 Eastern Europe
  • 406b Gender, Family & Sexuality in Modern Europe
  • 410 Europe in the Long 19th Century: 1789-1914
  • 426 Cities and Cultures in Europe: 1870-1914
  • 442a British Culture and Society: 1660-1780
  • 442b British Culture and Society: 1780-1914
  • 444 The Holocaust

Philosophy (PHIL)

  • 482 Recent European Philosophy

Political Science (POLS)

  • 458 Contemporary Europe
  • 459 Government and Politics of Russia*

Spanish (SPAN)

  • 370a Hispanic Culture and Civilization:  The cultural patterns and heritage of the Spanish people from the earliest times to present*

CoLA International Factoids

  • In a typical semester, CoLA has students from over 20 countries.
  • Between 2005-2009, 48 Fulbright Scholars from 28 countries studied in CoLA.
  • CoLA faculty come from over 20 countries and every continent (except Antarctica).
  • CoLA faculty have teaching or research expertise about over 65 countries or regions.