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Global Studies Major

Beginning Courses:

The major starts with introductory courses that provide an overview of Global Studies or introduce students to the basics of economic and political systems/

Course #

Course Name

Credits

GLS 200

Introduction to Global Studies

3

MGT 210

The Economic Environment

3

POL 225

American Politics

4

 

Language and Research Skills:

At Alverno Global Studies students are expected to develop an ability to learn about the world on their own.  Language skills and research skills are a way for students to do this and you are given the choice between focusing on language skills or balancing between research and language skills.  All students majoring in Global Studies are required to pass two semesters of a foreign language.  You then have the choice of taking a second year of that language or two Behavioral Sciences Research Methods classes (BSC 255: Research Methods and BSC 256: Probability and Statistics).

2 semesters of a world language

 6 credits

Plus either:

 

2 additional semesters of the same language

6 credits

Or

 

BSC 255 (Research Methods) & BSC 256 (Statistics)

8 credits

 

Intermediate Courses:

At the intermediate level you begin taking classes from the various disciplines that are a part of the Global Studies program: economics, geography, history and political science.  These courses give the program its multi-disciplinary nature and will introduce you to a variety of perspectives on international events.

Course #

Course Name

Credits

GLS 330

The United Nations and the World

4

HUM 350

Civilizations and Cultures series

4

GLS 370

World Geography

3

GLS 383

Internship

2

GLS 396

International Economics

3

 

Advanced Courses:

The major ends with two advanced courses, including a senior capstone, where you will have the opportunity to bring together the perspectives covered in the disciplinary classes.

Course #

Course Name

Credits

GLS 410

Comparative Social Policy

4

GLS 475

Global Studies Senior Seminar

2

 

Electives:

One of the sources of flexibility within the Global Studies program comes from the electives requirement.  The eight credits that are required can be fulfilled in a number of ways.  In most cases, courses taken while studying abroad if they do not fulfill a Global Studies requirement can count as a Global Studies elective.  Secondly, when extra classes are taken within a required area these extra classes can count as Global Studies electives.  For example, you will have to take a world history class from the HUM 350 series on civilizations and cultures.  In this series, you can choose from classes on China, Japan, Latin America and Africa.  If you were to take two courses from this series, the second one would be considered an elective.  Finally, classes with an international focus will count as electives.  Examples would include World Religions (RL 314), A Journey to Remember: Places of the Holocaust (GLS 351) or Coastal Cities: Baltic Sea (INS 309).

Electives

8 credits

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