Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs

Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities provides students with the tools to encounter and understand the representations, values, concerns, and debates that shape human experience.  It focuses on scholarship related to experiences at the crossroads of cultures, the circulation of goods and services, and the tensions within and across global spaces, historically and in the present, as they are reflected upon through literary, philosophical, linguistic, and artistic practices. Students who select this major will study the local and global dynamics of  systems, governments, and cultures, and investigate the specific contributions, perceptions, and interventions offered by humanistic engagements with the issues affecting the peoples of the world.

The major will assist in the preparation of students for positions in government, business, or non-governmental organizations engaged in global activities as well as for graduate studies.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities major is met by completing Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities 450.  That course is referenced in items 3. a. below.
  2. The  requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

    Proficiency in a second language as certified by the assessment coordinator in the Center for Language Teaching-Advancement or completion of a major or minor in a language other than English with a grade-point average of 3.0 in that language or successful completion of AFR 450, FRN 321, GRM 302, ITL 320, PRT 320, SPN 342. For other languages the student must complete at least one course at the 300-level or above as approved the program advisor.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (11 credits):
    GSAH 220 Global Interactions and Identities 3
    GSAH 230 Values, Experience, and Difference in Global Contexts 3
    GSAH 450 Global Concepts and Theories Seminar (W) 3
    GSAH 499 Senior Thesis in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities (W) 2
    b. Complete 9 or 10 credits from the following courses:
    GSAH 310 Conflict and Justice in a Global Setting 3
    GSAH 311 Crossing Boundaries/Changing Worlds 3
    GSAH 312 Media Mobility: Change, Access, Representation 3
    GSAH 391 Special Topics in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities 1 to 4
    No more than 4 credits in GSAH 391 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
    c. Complete 12 to 16 credits in courses selected in areas such as history of the arts, philosophy, literature and other cultural media, gender and ethnicity studies, and religious studies, in consultation with the student's advisor from a list maintained by the program.
    d. Participate in an international experience through study abroad, study away, or internship. This experience must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.