Curriculum

Students can pursue Global Studies as a major (BA), a minor or a guided area of study (Liberal Arts majors). Only specific courses satisfy the major and minor requirements, including electives, and only designated experiences satisfy the Global Engagement requirement. Not all courses are offered every semester. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements (and B or better in the introductory core courses to declare the major).

Requirements for the Major in Global Studies

To receive a Bachelor's degree (BA) in Global Studies, students must complete the following courses:

  • UGLB 2110 (Dis)Order and (In)Justice
  • UGLB 2111 Understanding Global Capitalism, or the equivalent
  • Three (3) Knowledge Base electives
  • Five (5) Global Challenges electives. Of these, three (3) must be taken within a single cluster (see below) and three must be 3000 level or higher.
  • Collaborative Research Seminar (usually taken the junior year)
  • Directed Research Senior Project (two semesters), in which the student develops and writes a thesis during their final year
  • Global Engagement Field Work (usually noncredit)
  • Foreign Language Proficiency (usually equivalent to four semesters of college-level study)

Total credits: 39-63

Requirements for the Minor in Global Studies

Undergraduate students from any college in the university can elect an academic minor in Global Studies, which requires the following five courses: 

  • Two (2) Introductory Core courses
  • One (1) Knowledge Base elective
  • Three (3) Global Challenge electives, at least two of which must be 3000-level or higher

Total credits: 18-22

Course Overview

Core Courses: These courses introduce students to problems of the global order and justice and to the challenges of the global political economy.

Knowledge Base: These electives provide fundamental introductions to the intricate workings of economics, politics, society, and culture as well as the relationship between the questions we ask and the methods we use to explore our world.

Global Challenges electives: These electives provide mostly upper-level coursework in key areas of concern for Global Studies. They are grouped into four clusters (see below) and consist of courses offered both through the Global Studies program and those drawn from throughout the university. Electives are grouped into four clusters. Students take at least three electives within one of these clusters:

  • Places, Peoples, and Encounters: This cluster explores the lenses and identities through which we experience the world and how the global and local are linked in ways not always obvious to the casual observer or embedded participant. Courses focus on experiences and accounts of the global, including everyday life under globalization, personal and national identity, and the construction of hybrid, cosmopolitan, or transnational identities, as well as courses aimed at "area" studies about specific countries or regions.
  • Markets and States: This cluster concerns how the global is “ordered”—how the world we live in today is designed and arranged, constrained and enabled by its institutions and structures. It focuses especially on the global economy, the international system and international institutions and interactions. Within these forms we encounter tensions between hierarchies and networks, state and nonstate actors, flows and borders, rules and exceptions. This cluster aims to critically evaluate the assumptions, interests, and values behind the orders and alternatives that structure our field of action.
  • Rights, Justice, and Governance: The success of development, the legitimacy of national policies, and the thin line between peace and war all hinge on the question of justice: what is right, what is just, and for whom? This cluster examines the challenge of achieving global justice and the attendant attempts to justly govern global flows of people, goods, money, and information. Courses deal with questions such as: How are laws and norms changing under globalization? What contradictions and tensions are produced by human rights today? Is humanitarian intervention a moral imperative or an imperialist fantasy? Can wars be just? Can past injustice ever be adequately dealt with? Is there a global civil society that can provide a legitimate counter to corporate or state power?
  • Global Spaces (Urban, Media and Environment): This cluster focuses on three global spaces where The New School has special analytical strengths. Cities are indelibly local yet inescapably inscribed by global flows of money, people, and trade. Contemporary media confounds the scale between local and global while transforming our identities, perceptions, and reactions, as well as power relations. The environment knows no borders: global flaws can result in very local challenges, and local problems reverberate at global scales. All of these spaces are linked by the challenge of how we design our cities, our forms of information, and our relationship to the environment. Courses in this cluster link explicitly to cutting edge work in design carried out at The New School.

Advanced Research Projects: Students take (1) a collaborative research seminar usually in their junior year, and (2) a thesis or equivalent capstone project in their senior year, usually developed and written as part of the two-semester Directed Research Seminar, which is a capstone seminar through which students work under the direction of a faculty member to develop and write their thesis or final project.

Languages: Global Studies students must also demonstrate at least advanced intermediate level of foreign language proficiency. This can be satisfied by coursework, by taking a placement exam for the proper level, or by passing a proficiency exam. Students may start a new language or improve an existing one.

Global Engagement: In consultation with their advisor, students complete at least one experience working outside the classroom on issues relevant to Global Studies. These include but are not limited to study abroad, internship experience, collaborative studios, and client-based and intensive group fieldwork projects in New York or worldwide. This is usually a noncredit requirement but requires a report on the experience.

 
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