Global Studies

Overview & Mission

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies degree equips our students with the expertise and the knowledge that specialists in politics, business, and culture can bring in tomorrow's workplace. The program offers quality instruction that reflects the increasingly interdependent and global nature of culture, knowledge and the world in the 21st century, as well as the growing inter-connectedness of peoples and places in the local, regional, national, and global communities. Students are required to demonstrate competence in at least one non-native language. Through interactive coursework at home and/or abroad, reflective papers, research, travel and presentations, the program enables students:

  1. To develop an understanding of cultures and history of the regions they have chosen to study;
  2. To understand, read, write, and speak the languages of these regions and be able to apply the acquired skills to either teach, translate and interpret these languages;
  3. To gain a thorough knowledge of the corresponding countries, traditions and peoples in these regions.

The inherent multidisciplinary nature of global studies, as well as the geographic variety of areas to be covered, requires that the faculty work with other programs as well as similar programs in the neighboring universities.

The two major and interconnected themes of the World Languages and Cultures (WC&L) programs are:

  1. Places, Cultures and Languages which leads into a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Spanish, or a minor in French.
  2. Places, Traditions and Histories which leads into a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in Global Studies with possible concentrations in Latin American Studies or European Studies.

WC&L students obtain a strong grounding in global affairs which teaches them how to engage in problem-solving across boundaries and cultures, and how to critically evaluate information from a comparative perspective. This training also involves learning how to become an effective communicator which includes learning how to argue and defend complex views before a variety of global audiences. Well developed global competency is of use to numerous companies and organizations. A WC&L major also offers excellent preparation for graduate school, law school, and careers in various global organizations:

  • Global Culture Industries: music, film, sports, MTV, Disney, Discovery, ESPN, the NBA
  • U.S. Government and International Agencies and Organizations: UN, World Bank, Red Cross, UNICEF, Peace Corps, various relief funds, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Foreign Service, State Department
  • International Businesses: Mars/M&M, BASF, AXA, pharmaceuticals
  • Travel & Tourism: travel agencies, global tours, cruise lines



Student Outcomes

All Majors in either concentration of the World Cultures and Languages programs will be able to:

  • Describe the world's economic, environmental, and political systems.
  • Assess the complexities and contradictions in one of the world's systems based on ample information about one or more of the relevant issues currently facing humankind.
  • Reflect comparatively and in depth on one's own and a second culture.
  • Adapt in a second culture by working effectively with a counterpart in that culture.
  • Articulate the basic assumptions of value-based perspectives (worldviews) and apply them in formulating alternative responses to one of the world's major issues.
  • Demonstrate potential for distinctive leadership in a local community and internationally in the pursuit of a just, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful world.


Graduates

Our graduates are equipped to teach at the primary and secondary levels; to pursue careers in international education, business, law, diplomatic service, and journalism; and to work with international corporations, international service organizations, and non-profit organizations with global agendas and responsibilities.

Our graduates are also prepared to apply for advanced studies in graduate school, at the Masters and Ph.D. level. Some of our Spanish graduates have later received their M.A. degree in Spanish from such institutions as Middlebury College, New York University, Rutgers University, and Montclair State University; still other CSE Spanish Majors are currently pursuing their Ph.D. studies.

Global Studies


Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

Select two from the following three core foundational courses (8)

  • WCL110: A Survey of Global Studies (4)
  • WCL100:Introduction to the Study of Languages (4)
  • WCL115: Principles of Human Geography (4)

Select one from the following three foundational courses (4)

  • HIS110: Survey of Global History I (4)
  • HIS115: Survey of Global History II (4)
  • BUS220:Theories of Macro and Micro Economics (4)

Select three from the following six exploratory courses (12)

  • WCL205: Area Studies: Culture and Traditions (can be taken twice) (2)
  • WCL200: Literature Survey (related to language) (4)
  • HIS255: Latin American History (related to language) (4)
  • HIS270: Special Topics in European History (related to language) (4)
  • PS231: International Relations (4)
  • PS251: Comparative Politics (4)
  • COMM243: Cross-Cultural Communication (4)

Select two from the following four analytical courses (8)

  • WCL300: Reading and Contexts (4)
  • WCL305: Composition and Conversation (4)
  • WCL310: Grammar and Style (4)
  • HIS315: Readings in Global History (4)
  • PS381: Political Thought (4)
  • BUS341: Managing in a Global Economy (4)

All majors in Global Studies must take the following integrative courses (4)

  • WCL495: Experience (Internship/Study Abroad) (2)
  • WCL490: Capstone Seminar (2)

Total: 36 credits

Requirements for a Minor in Global Studies

Select one from the following three core foundational courses (4)

  • WCL110: A Survey of Global Studies (4)
  • WCL100: Introduction to the Study of Languages (4)
  • WCL115: Principles of Human Geography (4)

Select one from the following two foundational courses (4)

  • HIS110: Survey of Global History I (4)
  • HIS115: Survey of Global History II (4)

Select one from the following five exploratory courses (4)

  • WCL205: Area Studies: Culture and Traditions (can be taken twice) (2)
  • WCL200: Literature Survey (related to language) (4)
  • HIS255: Latin American History (related to language) (4)
  • HIS270: Special Topics in European History (related to language) (4)
  • PS231: International Relations (4)
  • PS251: Comparative Politics (4)

Select one from the following three analytical courses (4)

  • WCL300: Reading and Contexts (4)
  • WCL305: Composition and Conversation (4)
  • WCL310: Grammar and Style (4)
  • HIS315: Readings in Global History (4)
  • PS381: Political Thought (4)

The following course is mandatory for all minors (2)

  • WCL495: Experience (Internship/Study Abroad) (2)

Total: 18 credits