3315 Global Studies

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Global Studies

25 Park Place, 18th floor
404-413-6645
gsi.gsu.edu

Anthony Lemieux, Director
Jennie Burnet, Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Global Studies Institute brings together different academic disciplines to tackle pressing problems in today’s world. We are a diverse group of researchers, including political scientists, psychologists, anthropologists, geographers, environmental policy experts, sociologists, and social psychologists. We are united by a deep concern to address critical global issues through our research and teaching.

The Global Studies Institute offers a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) with a concentration in Global Studies. The degree prepares students to be globally aware in their chosen careers. Students develop a broad set of perspectives and skills. Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge and abilities needed to be successful in today’s fast-moving and inter-connected world. We offer students courses on critical issues like conflict, terrorism, peace building, water access, urbanization, and global cities. In addition to focusing on global issues, students develop deep regional knowledge in a specific area, including Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America. Students are encouraged to pursue world language study at an advanced level.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts students should also consult regularly with the director of undergraduate studies for the specific program regarding course selection, program plans, experiential learning, and other academic opportunities.

Program Admission

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required to apply to the program. Application materials can be obtained from the college Office of Academic Assistance (see above). Students should apply to the program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation. Students may apply for the major after one semester at Georgia State University. We strongly recommend that students decide to become global studies majors early in their sophomore year to maximize the opportunities for experiential learning and study abroad.

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.

Courses below marked with an asterisk (*) have prerequisites. Students should ensure that they include prerequisites for selected courses elsewhere in their degree program. Internship experiences may be undertaken only after completing at least 21 hours of credit in the concentration area.

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

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Intermediate World Language (3):
    Complete one world language course 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. Select additional courses from the following list 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)

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.

    • AAS 3980] Research Methods in African-American Studies-CTW (3)
    • AL 4151 Communication Across Cultures-CTW (3)*
    • ANTH 3033 Anthropology of Violence-CTW (3)*
    • ANTH 4970 Senior Seminar in Anthropology-CTW (3)*
    • ECON 3900 Macroeconomics-CTW (3)*
    • GEOG 4784 Climatic Change CTW (4)*
    • GEOG 4764 Urban Geography CTW (4)
    • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (4)
    • HIST 4990 Seminar in Historical Research-CTW (4)*
    • MUS 4820 World Music-CTW (3)
    • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research-CTW (3)
    • PSYC 3530 Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis-CTW (4)*
    • SOCI 3020 Social Research Methods-CTW (3)*
  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 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. 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 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:
    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 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. Area Studies Courses:
        • AH 4310 Art of Northern Europe in the Renaissance Era (3)*
        • AH 4450 Eighteenth-Century European Art (3)*
        • AH 4500 Nineteenth-Century European Art (3)*
        • ANTH 4210 The Anthropology of Europe (3)*
        • HIST 3500/MES 3110 The Ancient Mediterranean (4)
        • HIST 3510 Medieval Mediterranean/Islamic World (4)
        • HIST 3520 Early Modern Europe, 1500-1789 (4)
        • HIST 3530 Europe Since 1789 (4)
        • HIST 3540 Film and the Holocaust (4)
        • HIST 3620 The Atlantic World: Encounters, Empires, Diasporas, Revolutions (4)
        • HIST 4520 Ancient Persia, Greece, and Rome (4)
        • HIST 4532 Crime, Law and Society in Early Modern Europe (4)
        • HIST 4540 Britain and the World, 1500-1700 (4)
        • HIST 4550 Britain and the World since 1700 (4)
        • HIST 4570 France Since 1715 (4)
        • HIST 4580 Germany History Since 1900 (4)
        • HIST 4600 Russia and the Soviet Union Since 1861 (4)
        • HIST 4620 Europe: Culture and Ideas (4)
        • HIST 4630 European Intellectual History I: From Medieval to Marx (4)
        • HIST 4635 European Intellectual History II: From Marx to Postmodernism (4)
        • HIST 4640 The Holocaust (3)
        • HIST 4690 Topics in European History (3-4)
        • POLS 4240 European Politics (3)*
        • RELS 4295 Religion, Spirituality and Sport (3)*
        • RELS 4690 Liberalism, Secularism and Religion (3)*
    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 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:
  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)*
      • ANTH 4340 Applied Anthropology (3)*
      • ANTH 4480 Ethnographic Analysis (4)*
      • ANTH 4670 Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology (3)*
      • CRJU 3020 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
      • ECON 4230 Experimental Economics (3)*
      • ECON 4950 Econometrics and Applications (3)*
      • ENGL 4521 Archival Research Methods (3)*
      • GEOG 4515 Qualitative Methods in Geography (4)*
      • GEOG 4520 Quantitative Spatial Analysis (3)*
      • GEOG 4518 Digital Cartography (3)
      • GEOG 4532 Geographic Information Systems (4)
      • HIST 4990 Seminar in Historical Research-CTW (4)*
      • MATH 4547 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3)*
      • MATH 4548 Methods of Regression and Analysis of Variance (3)*
      • POLS 3800 Introduction to Political Research-CTW (3)
      • POLS 3805 Survey Research Methods (3)*
      • PSYC 3510 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis (4)*
      • PSYC 3530 Advanced Research Design and Data Analysis-CTW (4)*
      • 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 and Writing in Global Studies or any other Arts and Sciences department:
      • GLOS 4870 Honors Thesis: Research (3)
      • GLOS 4880 Honors Thesis: Writing (3)
      • 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:
    • AL 4151 Communication Across Cultures (3)*
    • ANTH 4470 Visual Culture (3)*
    • ANTH 4490 Anthropology of Globalization (4)*
    • ANTH 4520 Anthropology of Public Culture (3)*
    • ENGL 3940 Postcolonial Literature (3)*
    • FLME 4180 International Cinemas (4)*
    • FLME 4185 Global Media and Culture (3)*
    • FORL 3300/FREN 4414/GRMN 4414/SPAN 4480 Media and Migration: The ‘Others’ in Literature, Television and Film (3)
    • FREN 4113 French and Francophone Culture and Civilization: Immigration and Identity in Contemporary Francophone Film (3)
    • GEOG 4760 Cultural Geography (3)*
    • GLOS 4211 Psychology of Terrorism (3)
    • HIST 3635 Media, Technology, and Popular Culture (4)
    • JOUR 4650/MES 4600 International Communication (3)*
    • JOUR 4665 International Public Relations (3)*
    • POLS 4160 Political Attitudes and Public Opinion (3)
    • POLS 4422 NGOs and World Politics (3)
    • SPAN 4467 Latin American and Latino Film and Video (3)*
    • SPAN 4480 Special Topics (Representations of Violence in Latin American Film) (3)*
    • SPAN 4480 Special Topics (Realism in Latin American Cinema) (3)*
  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.