This page outlines degree requirements for the major in Global Studies (BA, Global Studies). Students can also study this subject as a minor or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Studies). Read more about the Global Studies program.
Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives, and only designated experiences satisfy the Global Engagement requirement. Not all courses are offered every semester. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for Global Studies to track their progress. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major and minor requirements (and B or better in the introductory core courses to declare the major).
The major in Global Studies requires completion of the following courses:
Total credits: 39-63
Undergraduate students from any school of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. (Lang students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts: See Self-Designed Major below.) The minor in Global Studies requires completion of the following six (6) courses:
Total credits: 18-22
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:
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.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect global studies as an academic minor; however, they can pursue deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.
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updates on events, courses, and the option of a global studies minor, contact program chair Jonathan Bach at firstname.lastname@example.org.