3315 Global Studies

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Global Studies

The Global Studies Program prepares students to be globally aware and competent in their chosen careers. In addition to focusing on global opportunities and pressing challenges, students develop deep regional concentration in a particular area of focus including Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America. Internship experiences may be undertaken only after completing at least 21 hours of credit in the concentration area. Please contact the faculty coordinator, Dr. Anthony Lemieux (alemieux@gsu.edu; 404-413-5883).

Program Admission

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required in order to apply to the program. Application materials can be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance, 418 General Classroom Building, 404-413-5000. Students should apply to the program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation.

Program Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies section 3030.30 of this catalog for academic regulations for this program.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

In selecting courses for this program, students are responsible for completing any required prerequisites.

The course used to fulfill the Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW) course for the B.I.S. program will not count towards the rules of Area G — no more than three to four 3-4 credit hour courses (12 hours) from a single discipline — nor of Area H — no more than two 3-4 credit hour courses (6-8 hours) can be taken within a single discipline.

B.I.S. with a Concentration in Global Studies

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Intermediate World Language (3):
    Complete world language at the 2001 level, or additional advanced language credit hours if student already has achieved the 2001 level or placed out of it through testing.
  2. Quantitative reasoning (3):
    Complete one of the following courses in quantitative reasoning with a grade of C or higher:

    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) Prerequisite: High School Algebra II or equivalent
    • MATH 1101 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (3)
    • MATH 1111 College Algebra (3)
    • MATH 1113 Precalculus (3)
    • MATH 1220 Survey of Calculus (3)
  3. Select additional courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    Pay close attention to prerequisites for courses planned for Areas G and H. No more than two courses (6-8 credit hours) may be completed from the same department without advisor’s authorization.

Area G: Major Courses (27-33 hours)

All Global Studies students must combine courses from the following categories to achieve a minimum of 27 hours and a maximum of 33 hours. A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

    1. CTW (3 hours)
      Students must take one CTW course. Students choose from the following list of CTW courses or other CTW courses approved by the student’s faculty advisor.

    2. Regional Understanding (12-18 hours). Each student must pick one regional concentration from the list below.
      1. Africa. Choose from any of the following:
        1. Advanced world language courses at or beyond the 3001 level. Swahili, French, Portuguese, Arabic, or any other regionally relevant language approved by an advisor. If language not offered at GSU, speak to advisor about agreement with other USG institutions. American Sign Language and historical languages may not be used.
        2. Area Studies Courses:
      2. Asia. Choose from any of the following:
        1. Advanced world language courses at or beyond the 3001 level. Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or any other regionally relevant language approved by an advisor. If language not offered at GSU, speak to advisor about agreement with other USG institutions. American Sign Language and historical languages may not be used.
        2. Additional Area Studies Courses:
      3. Europe. Choose from any of the following:
        1. Advanced world language courses at or beyond the 3001 level. French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish or any other regionally relevant language approved by an advisor. If language not offered at GSU, speak to advisor about agreement with other USG institutions. American Sign Language and historical languages may not be used.
        2. Area Studies Courses:
      4. Latin America and the Caribbean. Choose from any of the following:
        1. Advanced world language courses at or beyond the 3001 level. Spanish, Portuguese, French, or any other regionally relevant language approved by an advisor. If the language is not offered at Georgia State, speak to your advisor about agreements with other USG institutions. American Sign Language and historical languages may not be used.
        2. Additional Area Studies Courses:
      5. Middle East. Choose from any of the following:
        1. Advanced world language courses at or beyond the 3001 level. Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, or any other regionally relevant language approved by an advisor. If language not offered at GSU, speak to advisor about agreement with other USG institutions. American Sign Language and historical languages may not be used.
        2. Additional Area Studies Courses:
    3. Research/Analytic Skills (6-9 hours)
      Students must select two to three of the following courses in consultation with the faculty advisor:

      • AAS 3980 Research Methods in African American Studies – CTW (3) Prerequisites: AAS 2010
      • ANTH 4340 Applied Anthropology (3)
      • ANTH 4480 Ethnographic Analysis (4)
      • ANTH 4670 Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology (3)
      • CRJU 3020 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
      • ENGL 4521 Archival Research Methods (3)
      • GEOG 4515 Qualitative Methods in Geography
      • GEOG 4520 Quantitative Spatial Analysis (3)
      • GEOG 4518 Digital Cartography (3)
      • GEOG 4532 Geographic Information Systems (3)
      • HIST 4990 Seminar in Historical Research-CTW (4)
      • JOUR 3950 Public Relations Research (3)
      • MATH 4547 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3)
      • MATH 4548 Methods of Regression and Analysis of Variance (3)
      • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research (3) – CTW (note: also CTW course)
      • POLS 3805 Survey Research Methods (3)
      • POLS 4800 Advanced Research Methods (3)
      • PSYC 3510 Introduction to Research Design & Analysis (4)
      • PSYC 3530 Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis-CTW (4)
      • RELS 3750 Introduction to Methods and Theories (3)
      • SOCI 3010 Social Statistics (3)
      • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)
      • SCOM 3050 Speech Communication Research Methods (3)
    4. Experiential Learning (3 hours):
      A minimum of 3 credit hours of designated experiential learning courses must be completed as part of the degree program. Additional credit hours of experiential learning may be counted in other relevant areas of the degree program pending approval by a faculty advisor in the Global Studies Institute.

      1. Honors Thesis Research & Writing in any Arts and Sciences department
        • XXXX 4870 Honors Thesis: Research (3)
        • XXXX 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing (3)
      2. Other Regular Courses from Arts & Sciences Departments
      3. Study Abroad:
        • Credit hours from any GSU-sponsored study abroad program.
        • Non-GSU study abroad programs may also count with preapproval from a Global Studies Institute faculty advisor.

Area H: Thematic Concentrations in Allied Fields (15-21 hours)

Students select one of the thematic concentrations listed below. Then, choose courses from the pre-approved list below or other appropriate courses in consultation with the faculty advisor. No more than 6-8 credit hours may be taken within one discipline. Choose one of the following thematic concentrations:

  1. Conflict, Violence, and Peace-Building:
  2. Globalization, Power, and Culture
  3. International Development, Trade, and Urbanization
  4. Global Information and Media
  5. Global Health and Environment
  6. Human Rights and Democracy

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This unit offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.