Global Studies Program Courses
GS 118 H, G – Culture, Identity and Dialogue: An Introduction to Global Studies, 4 credits. E. This interdisciplinary course examines forms and sources of diversity and fragmentation, including individual and group cultural identities and beliefs. Diverse cultural traditions and expressions of belief will be explored as both sources of conflict and resources for addressing global problems.
GS 210, HISP 210 G, H – Introduction to Latin American Studies, 4 credits. A2. This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Latin American studies, discuss key contemporary issues, understand the historical roots of Latin American dilemmas and challenges, and explore the political implications for development and democracy in Latin America. The course includes journal keeping, group discussions, oral presentations and lectures presented by various experts.
GS 220 G, H – Asia In a Global Age: An Introduction, 4 credits. D. This multidisciplinary course provides an introduction to the study of Asia (emphasizing China, Japan, Korea and India). In addition to a study of contemporary events featured in Asian news sources, likely topics will include: the role of the family, imperialism and nationalist revolution, economic development and environmental challenges.
GS 360 – Summer Field Study Abroad, 4 credits. D. A one-month faculty-led seminar held abroad, focused on deep engagement with a local community. The course will center on experiential and community-based learning, and it will involve hands-on service in support of community goals. It is intended especially for students who want to practice connecting across cultures under occasionally challenging conditions and to do so from a fully interdisciplinary perspective.
GS 380 – Special Topics, 2 to 4 credits. D. Courses covering various topics of interest in global studies are occasionally offered.
GS 390 – Cooperative Education, 1 to 8 credits. E.
GS 410 Z – Global Studies Senior Seminar. 4 credits. E2. The Senior Seminar is a research capstone course that students majoring in global studies take during the spring semester. The course focuses upon a contemporary or expected problem of global reach and significance and supports in-depth reflection and problem solving through collaborative student investigation and individual research. The selected course problem will encourage students to explore comprehensive and holistic solutions to complex, interlocking problems – both old and new – that require creative and urgent response. As a capstone experience, the seminar will consider a problem that allows students to engage the five objectives of the major and the diverse perspectives of seminar participants. Enrollment restricted to Global Studies majors. Satisfies the Capstone course requirement in the Core Curriculum.
GS 480 – Independent Study, 1 to 4 credits. D. This course provides an opportunity for individual students to conduct in-depth research of a particular topic under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Contact the program chair for more information.