Undergraduate Degree - Global and Area Studies- Social Science (the Bachelor of Science degree program is in moratorium effective Summer 2016 through Spring 2019)

Program:
Global and Area Studies- Social Science (the Bachelor of Science degree program is in moratorium effective Summer 2016 through Spring 2019)
Program Code:
7629 Global & Area Studies-Soc Sci
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS06
End Term:
SS16


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Social Science

Global and Area Studies- Social Science (the Bachelor of Science degree program is in moratorium effective Summer 2016 through Spring 2019)


The global and area studies-social science major focuses on the study of global systems and processes as they are expressed in local places. The major offers concentrations in world regions and global topics. World region concentrations include African studies, Asian studies, European studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and Russian and Eurasian studies. Global topical concentrations include gender and global change, and international development.

In this major, students select a concentration to gain knowledge of a particular world region and a foreign language relevant to that region or of a global theme that is important across world regions. Students develop understanding of the processes of continuity and change in various world regions through multidisciplinary theory and practice and use of methodologies, theories, and literatures of various disciplines and fields. The major also requires a disciplinary cognate that introduces students to the major theories and research methods of one discipline in the social sciences and its perspective and applicability to global and area studies.

Students are strongly encouraged to have at least one international experience through study abroad, internships, or independent study. The major helps prepare students for jobs in government, business, and non-governmental organizations that are engaged with the world outside the United States and for graduate study in international or area studies and other fields.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Global and Area Studies

  1. The graduation requirements of the University as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Global and Area Studies-Social Science.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Global and Area Studies major is met by completing one of the following courses as specified below:

    African Studies: One of the following courses: History 484, or Social Science 499.
    Asian Studies: The following course:  History 485.
    Latin American and Caribbean Studies: One of the following courses: Geography 432 or History 486.
    European Studies: One of the following courses: History 482 or 483.
    Russian and Eurasian Studies: The following course: History 483.
    Gender and Global Change: One of the following courses: Geography 432 or Social Science 499.
    International Development: One of the following courses: Geography 432 or Social Science 499.

    Credits applied toward the general education Integrative Studies requirement cannot  be counted toward the total credits of the major or concentrations in the major. With the approval of a Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor, students who change their major to Global and Area Studies-Social Science, or who seek to add Global and Area Studies-Social Science as an additional major, may request that courses used to fulfill the Integrative Studies requirement of the previous major be applied towards the completion of the Integrative Studies requirement for the Global and Area Studies-Social Science major.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  3. Complete 6 to 8 credits of introductory and survey courses. Students must select two courses, one lower division and one upper division from a list available from the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor. One course must be in a discipline in the College of Social Science. No more than one course may be at the 100-level and no more than one may be from the same discipline. Courses used to satisfy the introductory and survey course requirement may not also be used to meet the requirements of a concentration.
  4. Complete one of the following world region or global topical concentrations (minimum of 24 credits). The student’s concentration must be approved by the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor.

World Region Concentrations

Each of the five world region concentrations requires second-year competency in a foreign language relevant to that region.  Students may fulfill this language requirement by successfully completing Michigan State University courses or equivalent courses or language study at an approved intensive summer institute or approved study abroad program. This requirement may be satisfied by placing into a 300-level foreign language course based on a Michigan State University placement test. Students who come from other countries or cultures where a language other than English is spoken should contact the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor to discuss placement.

African Studies

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of non-language courses selected from the following:

  1. Both of the following courses (8 credits):
    IAH    211A    Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: Africa (I)  (4)
    ISS    330A    Africa: Social Science Perspectives (I) (4)
    Students who have completed one or both of these courses to fulfill their Integrative Studies requirement should select courses from the list of courses in items 2. and 3. in order to complete a minimum of 24 credits that can be counted toward the concentration.
  2. Complete a minimum of 8 to10 credits in three courses with not more than two courses in one of the following: anthropology, economics, English, geography, history, James Madison College, music, political science, or religious studies.
  3. Complete a minimum of 6 to 8 credits in two elective courses from a list maintained by the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor. Students must obtain approval from the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor before enrolling in any elective courses to ensure sufficient focus on Africa.
  4. Students must complete a 3-credit capstone experience including the writing of a research paper, via an independent study with a faculty member of the African Studies Center. The paper may be based on experience in a study abroad program, internship, or other experience in an African country. With approval of the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor, this requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in Social Science 499.

Asian Studies

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of non-language courses selected from the following:

  1. One of the following courses (8 credits):
    IAH    204        Asia and the World (I) (4)
    IAH    211B     Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: Asia (I) (4)
    ISS    330B     Asia: Social Science Perspectives (I) (4)
    Students who have completed one or both of these courses to fulfill their Integrative Studies requirement should select courses from the list of courses in item 2. in order to complete a minimum of 24 credits that can  be counted toward the concentration.
  2. Complete a minimum of 13 credits in five elective courses from a list maintained by the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor. At least two of the courses must be at the 300-level or above. Students must obtain approval from the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor before enrolling in any elective courses to ensure sufficient focus on Asia.
  3. Students must complete a 3-credit capstone experience including the writing of a research paper, via an independent study with a faculty member of the Asian Studies Center. The paper may be based on experience in a study abroad program, internship, or other experience in an Asian country.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of non-language courses selected from the following:

  1. Two of the following courses (8 credits):
    IAH    203       Latin America and the World (I) (4)
    IAH    211C    Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D) (4)
    ISS    330C    Latin America: Social Science Perspectives (I) (4)
    Students who have completed one or both of these courses to fulfill their Integrative Studies requirement should select courses from the list of courses in items 2. and 3. in order to complete a minimum of 24 credits that can  be counted toward the concentration.
  2. Complete a minimum of 8 to10 credits in three courses with not more than two courses in one of the following: anthropology, Arts and Letters, economics, history, history of art, Integrative Studies in Arts and Humanities, Integrative Studies in Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, James Madison College, journalism, music, political science, Portuguese, or Spanish.
  3. Complete a minimum of 6 to 8 credits in two elective courses from a list maintained by the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor. Students must obtain approval from the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor before enrolling in any elective courses to ensure sufficient focus on Latin America.
  4. Students must complete 2 credits by enrolling in Social Science 490 Special Topics in Social Science, section on Latin America and Caribbean Studies seminar.

European Studies

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of non-language courses selected from the following:

  1. Social Science requirement (minimum of 9 credits). Students must see the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor for an approved listing of courses and must complete a minimum of three courses from at least two disciplines.
  2. Humanities requirement (minimum of 9 credits).  Students must see the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor for an approved listing of courses and must complete a minimum of three courses from at least two disciplines.
  3. Students must complete a 3-credit capstone experience via an independent study by submitting a research paper on a topic related to Europe, via study abroad by submitting a research paper completed as part of an Michigan State University study abroad program in Europe, via an internship by submitting a research paper completed as part of a Michigan State University approved field experience or internship related to Europe, or by completing a capstone course including submission of a research paper on Europe completed as part of the course. The students capstone experience must be approved by the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor.

Russian and Eurasian Studies

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of non-language courses selected from the following:

  1. Social Science requirement (minimum of 9 credits). Students must see the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor for an approved listing of courses and must complete a minimum of three courses from at least two disciplines.
  2. Humanities requirement (minimum of 9 credits).  Students must see the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor for an approved listing of courses and must complete a minimum of three courses from at least two disciplines.
  3. Students must complete a 3-credit capstone experience via independent study by submitting a research paper on a topic related to Russia or Eurasia, via study abroad by submitting a research paper completed as part of an Michigan State University study abroad program in Russia or Eurasia, via an internship by submitting a research paper completed as part of a Michigan State University approved field experience or internship related to Russia or Eurasia, or by completing a capstone course including submission of a research paper on Russia or Eurasia completed as part of the course. The students capstone experience must be approved by the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor.

Global Topical Concentrations

Each global topical concentration requires significant foreign language or international experience. Students may choose (1), (2), or (3) as follows: (1) second-year competency in a relevant foreign language. Students may fulfill this language requirement by successfully completing Michigan State University courses or equivalent courses or language study at an approved intensive summer institute or approved study abroad program. This requirement may be satisfied by placing into a 300-level foreign language course based on a Michigan State University placement test. Students who come from other countries or cultures where a language other than English is spoken should contact the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor to discuss placement; (2) a period of study, internship, or research experience in one or more developing counties, either a one-semester program or two programs of at least five weeks each, with a faculty sponsor. Students must consult the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor in advance to determine how the experience might meet the requirement of this concentration; (3) beginning-level competency in a foreign language by placing into a 200-level language course and an experience in a developing country of at least five weeks. Students must see the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor for a list of eligible developing countries.

Gender and Global Change

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of non-language courses selected from the following:

  1. Complete a minimum 8 to 10 credits in three courses with not more than two in one of the following: anthropology, James Madison College, sociology, or women’s studies. At least one course must be at the 300-level or above.
  2. Complete four courses from one of the five following themes: Gender, Health, and Hunger; Gender and Environment; Global Feminisms; Gender, Nation, and Democracy; or Gender and Human Rights. An approved listing of courses is available from the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor. 
  3. Complete 3 credits of Social Science 499 Directed Research in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (W) to fulfill the capstone requirement.

International Development

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits of non-language courses selected from the following:

  1. Complete a minimum of 8 to 10 credits in three courses with not more than two in one of the following: anthropology, economics, environmental economics and policy, geography, James Madison College, political science, sociology, or women’s studies. At least two courses must be at the 300-level or above.
  2. Complete four elective courses from a list maintained by the Global and Area Studies-Social Science advisor. No more than two of the courses may be in the same discipline.
  3. Complete 3 credits of Social Science 499 Directed Research in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science (W) to fulfill the capstone requirement.

Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Global and Area Studies - Social Science, BS (7629)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Global and Area Studies - Introductory
Major - Global and Area Studies - Introductory: 3 credits from Global Area Studies introductory courses.

Requirement 12: Major - Global and Area Studies - Survey
Major - Global and Area Studies - Survey: 3 credits from Global Area Studies survey courses.

Requirement 13: Major - Global and Area Studies - Concentration
Major - Global and Area Studies - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
European Studies: 25 credits
At least 9 credits from Social Science Courses in European Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 9 credits from Humanities Courses in European Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 1 credit from Language Courses in European Studies Concentration for GLAS demonstrating 2nd year proficiency of a language relevant to concentration area.
At least 3 credits from Global Area Studies Capstone Experience
At least 3 credits from HST482, HST483
Russian & Eurasian Studies: 25 credits
At least 9 credits from Social Science Courses in Russian and Eurasian Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 9 credits from Humanities Courses in Russian and Eurasian Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 1 credit from Language Courses in Russian and Eurasian Studies Concentration for GLAS demonstrating 2nd year proficiency of a language relevant to concentration area.
At least 3 credits from Global Area Studies Capstone Experience
At least 3 credits from HST483
Gender & Global Change: 27 credits
At least 8 credits from Core Courses in Gender and Global Change Concentration for GLAS
At least 12 credits from Thematic Track Courses in Gender and Global Change Concentration for GLAS
At least 1 credit from Language Courses in Gender and Global Change Concentration for GLAS demonstrating 2nd year proficiency of a language relevant to one or more developing countries.
At least 3 credits from Global Area Studies Capstone Experience
At least 3 credits from GEO432, SSC499
International Development: 27 credits
At least 8 credits from Core Courses in International Development Concentration for GLAS
At least 12 credits from Elective Courses in International Development Concentration for GLAS
At least 1 credit from Language Courses in International Development Concentration for GLAS demonstrating 2nd year proficiency of a language relevant to concentration area.
At least 3 credits from Global Area Studies Capstone Experience
At least 3 credits from GEO432, SSC499
African Studies: 28 credits
At least 8 credits from IAH211A, ISS330A
At least 8 credits from Core Courses in African Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 5 credits from Elective Courses in African Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 1 credit from Language Courses in African Studies Concentration for GLAS demonstrating 2nd year proficiency of a language relevant to concentration area.
At least 3 credits from Global Area Studies Capstone Experience
At least 3 credits from SSC499, HST484
Asian Studies: 28 credits
At least 4 credits from IAH204, IAH211B
At least 4 credits from ISS330B
At least 13 credits from Elective Courses in Asian Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 1 credit from Language Courses in Asian Studies Concentration for GLAS demonstrating 2nd year proficiency of a language relevant to concentration area.
At least 3 credits from Global Area Studies Capstone Experience
At least 3 credits from HST485
Latin Amer&Caribbean Stdy: 29 credits
At least 4 credits from IAH203, IAH211C
At least 4 credits from ISS330C
At least 8 credits from Core Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 6 credits from Elective Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration for GLAS
At least 1 credit from Language Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration for GLAS demonstrating 2nd year proficiency of a language relevant to concentration area.
At least 3 credits from Global Area Studies Capstone Experience
At least 3 credits from GEO432, HST486

Requirement 14: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 9 credits from the following departments: ANP, CJ, EC, FCE, GEO, HST, PLS, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202, 206, 340 and GEO203, 206, 206L.
Conditions:
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 14

Requirement 15: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 15 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.

Requirement 16: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 6 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.

Requirement 17: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 18: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 19: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.