Undergraduate Minor

Minor in Global Studies in Social Science

Minor in Global Studies in Social Science
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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.

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs

Minor in Global Studies in Social Science

The Minor in Global Studies in Social Science, which is administered by the College of Social Science, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  The minor should be attractive to students who plan careers with a global focus and who, therefore, wish to add a strong global dimension to their disciplinary majors.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The Minor in Global Studies in Social Science is designed for students who wish to increase their understanding of the processes of continuity and change in various regions of the world, particularly Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.  The minor provides an opportunity for students to learn how contemporary global systems influence global relations and national trends, as well as how culture shapes processes of continuity and change in one of the major world regions.  Multidisciplinary in theory and practice, the minor is based on the methodologies, theories, and literatures of the social sciences and liberal arts and involves faculty from the social sciences, languages, and applied professional fields.

The College of Social Science academic advisor for Global Studies in Social Science assists the student in planning a program of study that is tailored to the student's interests, disciplinary major, and career objectives.  The student's program of study for the minor must be approved in advance and in writing by the advisor for global studies in social science.

Requirements for the Minor in Global Studies in Social Science

The student must meet the requirements specified below:
1.     Complete a minimum of 15 credits in courses at the 200 level or above excluding any credits in courses that are used to satisfy the Foreign Language Proficiency requirement referenced in item 2. below.  Not more than 4 of the 15 credits may be in 200–level courses.      
2.     Foreign Language Proficiency:   Demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language equivalent to four semesters of study at the university level.  The results of the Michigan State University foreign language placement test will be considered in determining whether or not the student has fulfilled this requirement.  The student is encouraged to complete a fifth semester of study in the language that focuses on the culture, history, and literature of a developing region of the world.      
3.     Conceptual Courses:  Complete at least two of the following courses that are in a field other than the student's major (6 credits):
      ABM  427 Global Agri-Food Industries and Markets 3    
      ANP  321 Anthropology of Social Movements  3    
      ANP  370 Culture, Health, and Illness 3    
      ANP  431 Gender, Environment and Development  3    
      ANP  436 Globalization and Justice: Issues in Political and Legal Anthropology 3    
      ANR  250 Global Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources 3    
      ANR  475 International Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources 2 to 6    
      ANS  480 Animal Systems in International Development 3    
      EC  410 Issues in the Economics of Developing Countries (W) 3    
      EEP  260 World Food, Population and Poverty 3    
      GEO  435 Geography of Health and Disease 3    
      GEO  454 Geography of Environment and Development 3    
      MC  320 Politics, Society and Economy in the Third World 4    
      PLS  342 Comparative Political Economy  3    
      PLS  344 Politics of Developing Countries 3    
      PLS  347 Democratic Regimes 3    
      PLS  363 International and Domestic Political Conflict  3    
      SOC  310 Global Migration 3    
      SOC  362 Developing Societies 3    
      SOC  416 Global Regions 3    
      SOC  451 Dynamics of Population  3    
      SOC  452 Environment and Society 3    
      WS  403 Women and Change in Developing Countries 3    
4.     Regional Courses:  Complete at least one course in any one of the following four geographic areas (3 or 4 credits):    
      Africa and the Middle East      
      ANP 416 Anthropology of Southern Africa 3    
      ANP 419 Anthropology of the Middle East 3    
      EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub–Saharan Africa (W) 3    
      GEO 338 Geography of Africa 3    
      GEO 339 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa 3    
      HST 208 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society 4    
      HST 361 African History since 1800 3    
      HST 364 South Africa: From Shaka Zulu to Mandela 3    
      HST 373 The Modern Middle East: From Empires to Nation States 3    
      HST 450 Special Topics in African History 3    
      HST 484 Seminar in African History (W) 3    
      MC 324A Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Middle East 4    
      MC 324B Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Sub–Saharan Africa 4    
      PLS 346 Middle East Politics 3    
      PLS 351 African Politics 3    
      ANP 414 Anthropology of South Asia 3    
      ANP 415 China:  Culture and Society 3    
      ANP 437 Asian Emigrant Communities: A Global Perspective 3    
      EC 413 Economic Analysis of Asia (W) 3    
      GEO 337 Geography of Asia-Pacific 3    
      HST 210 Modern East Asia 4    
      HST 367 Imperial China 3    
      HST 368 China since 1900 3    
      HST 369 Japan to 1800 3    
      HST 370 Japan Since 1800 3    
      HST 451 Special Topics in Asian History 3    
      HST 485 Seminar in Asian History (W) 3    
      MC 323 Japanese Foreign Policy 4    
      MC 324D Regional Politics, Cooperation and Conflict in Asia 4    
      PLS 354 Politics of Asia 3    
      EC 406 Economic Analysis of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (W) 3    
      GEO  336 Geography of Europe  3    
      GEO  340 Geography of Eurasia 3    
      HST  336 Contemporary Europe, 1870 to Present 3    
      HST 342 Modern East-Central Europe 3    
      HST 344 Russia in the Twentieth Century 3    
      HST  348 Modern Germany 3    
      HST  452 Special Topics in European History 3    
      MC  328 Russian Foreign Policy 4    
      PLS  356 Politics of Europe and the European Union  3    
      PLS  358 Politics of the U.S.S.R. and Its Successor States  3    
      Latin America and the Caribbean      
      ANP 410 Anthropology of Latin America 3    
      EC 412 Economic Analysis of Latin America (W) 3    
      GEO 335 Geography of Latin America 3    
      HST 212 National Latin America 4    
      HST 382 Modern Brazil 3    
      HST 383 The Caribbean 3    
      HST 384 Modern Mexico 3    
      HST 453 Special Topics in Latin American History 3    
      HST 486 Seminar in Latin American History (W) 3    
      MC 324C Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Latin America and the Caribbean 4    
5.     Field Experience, Internship, Thesis, or Independent Study      
      (3 or 4 credits):  Complete one of the following three options:      
      a. An overseas field experience or internship in one of the four geographic areas listed in item 4. above.        
      b. A domestic internship that involves working on global issues.      
      c. A thesis or independent study under the direction of a faculty member.      
6.     Senior–level Seminar Course (3 or 4 credits).      
      Complete one course with significant global content, approved by the College of Social Science academic advisor for the Global Studies in Social Science minor.