3315 Global Studies

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Global Studies

25 Park Place, 18th floor

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 of the world. 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 Studies 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

Students may enroll in a concentration upon admission to Georgia State University. Students who wish to change their major to this degree program should select a concentration in consultation with their academic advisor and the faculty coordinator. A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required.

Students who enroll in a concentration will be required to submit a course plan checklist to demonstrate their understanding of the degree requirements. It is highly recommended that students develop a course of study with their specific faculty coordinator before taking coursework in the degree program to avoid taking courses that will not count towards graduation.

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.

Students must complete coursework in at least three disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area G and in at least two disciplines in Area H.  Areas G and H should be constructed so that students take courses in distinct disciplines in each area (with some overlap expected); that is, the same prefix should not predominate in both Area G and H.

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. 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):
    World language course at the 2001 level or higher.
  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.

    • Any other world language at the 1001 or 1002 level (not the same language to fulfill no. 1 above)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • AAS 1140/HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (4)
    • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I (3)
    • AH 1750 History of Western Art II (3)
    • AL 2021 Introduction to English Linguistics (3)
    • AL 2101/FORL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)
    • AL 2102/FORL 2102 Languages of the World (3)
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2030 Archaeology and Prehistory (3)
    • BUSA 2106 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (3)
    • ECON 2100 Global Economics (3)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)*
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3)*
    • ENGL 2110 World Literature (3)*
    • ENGL 2120 British Literature (3)*
    • GEOG 1112K Introduction to Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEOG 1113K Introduction to Landforms (4)*
    • GLOS 2030/HIST 2030 Introduction to Asian Studies (3)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3)
    • JOUR 2500 Foundations of Media Research (3)*
    • POLS 2401 Global Issues (3)
    • PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2040 Introduction to Applied Psychology (3)
    • PSYC 2107 Introduction to Social Psychology (3)
    • RELS 2001 Introduction to World Religions (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
    • SCOM 1000 Human Communication (2)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3)

Area G: Major Courses (27-33)

Students must complete coursework in at least three disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area G.

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 the following:
    • GLOS 3000 Foundations in Global Research-CTW (3)
  2. Regional Understanding (12-21 hours). Select courses from the following to complete 12-18 hours.
    1. Advanced world language courses at or beyond the 3001 level. If the language is not offered at Georgia State, speak to your advisor about agreements with other USG institutions.
    2. Area Studies Courses:
  3. Research/Analytic/Writing Skills (3-9 hours)
    Select additional courses from the following to complete 6-9 hours. Other relevant courses may be by the 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 4340 Applied Anthropology (3)*
      • ANTH 4480 Ethnography Into the 21st Century (4)*
      • ANTH 4670 Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology (3)*
      • ANTH 4970 Senior Seminar in Anthropology-CTW (3)*
      • CRJU 3020 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
      • ECON 3900 Macroeconomics-CTW (3)*
      • ECON 4230 Experimental Economics (3)*
      • ECON 4950 Econometrics and Applications (3)*
      • ENGL 4521 Archival Research Methods (3)*
      • GEOG 4515 Qualitative Methods in Geography (3)*
      • GEOG 4520 Quantitative Spatial Analysis (3)*
      • GEOG 4518 Digital Cartography (3)
      • GEOG 4532 Geographic Information Systems (4)
      • GEOG 4764 Urban Geography CTW (3)
      • GEOG 4784 Climatic Change CTW (3)*
      • GLOS 4651 Special Topics in Global Studies CTW (3)
      • GLOS 4990 Topics in International Development Methods (1-3)
      • HIST 3000 Introduction to Historical Studies-CTW (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)*
      • MUS 4820 World Music-CTW (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)*
      • SCOM 3050 Speech Communication Research Methods (3)*
      • SOCI 3010 Social Statistics (3)*
  4. Experiential Learning (3-9 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 Allied Fields (15-21 hours)

Students must complete coursework in at least two disciplines (defined by course prefixes) in Area H.

Students select one of the thematic allied fields listed below. Then, choose courses from the pre-approved list below or other appropriate courses in consultation with the faculty advisor.

  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.