Catalog • 2011-2012

Global Studies - Major

For information about the major, contact:

Dr. Allen Richardson, Religious Studies, 610-606-4666 ext 3020

Mr. Chris Duelfer, Economics, 610-606-4666 ext. 3410

Dr. Cate Cameron, Anthropology, 610-606-4666 ext 3503

Program Description:

The twenty-first century has created global villages, defining a new level of cultural diversity, bringing Asian religions to our doorsteps, and creating a flow of manufactured goods from every corner of the globe. The Global Studies major explores this changing international paradigm in which economies transcend borders and advances in mass communications have facilitated cultural and political transformation. The major helps students not only to develop competence in understanding and analyzing these profound changes but to formulate strategies to live and work creatively in an increasingly globalized world.

Global Studies is an emergent interdisciplinary field that includes economics, anthropology, political science, religious studies, history, and even biology. Globalization in all its cultural, political, environmental and economic aspects is highly complex which is why the major requires a strong, interdisciplinary academic education.

Program Mission Statement

The Global Studies major enables students to experience a multidisciplinary approach in understanding the interconnectedness and interdependence among people, states, and regions and to live and work successfully in an increasingly globalized world. The major challenges its students to examine critically the causes and consequences of globalization and the movement of people, ideas, and goods across borders. Through inter-disciplinary study, students learn about the history of globalization and the cultural, religious, economic, political and environmental dimensions of globality. The major requires competence in a core of courses and provides the opportunity to specialize in one of three concentrations: Culture, Religion, and Society; Economics & International Business; and Global Stewardship. The major strengthens the College’s mission and Strategic Plan by preparing women for life in a global community and by educating the whole student in a way that equips them to become part of the next generation of leaders.

Program Requirements

The major requires a minimum of 45 credits along with possible additional Study Abroad credits ranging from 1-12. This puts the total likely credits at 46+. The required core courses of the major consist of 27 credits (9 courses) that include the introductory course (The Globalizing World), several 100-level and 200-level core courses, two levels of language, and senior capstone thesis. Students opt for further study choosing one of three possible concentrations, each of which totals 18 credits.

The concentrations are:

  1. Culture, Society, and Religion
  2. International Business and Economics
  3. Global Stewardship

Global Studies Course Requirements

Required Core Courses (27 credits)
GST 100 The Globalizing World 3 credits
ECO 222 Economic Geography 3 credits
REL 100 Intro to Religion & Culture 3 credits
ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
HIS 224 America as World Power 3 credits
PSC 211 Globalization & International Law 3 credits
GST 333 Capstone thesis 3 credits

Language - 6 credits of same language, 3 at the intermediate level

Study Abroad/Internship (1 to 12 credits)

Students are strongly encouraged to do a Study Abroad semester or experience. Credits vary according to kind of Study Abroad, from a short trip to a semester long experience. Alternatively, for those students who can’t finance a Study Abroad experience, they might do an internship with an international corporation or a distance learning-type internship with an international NGO or non-profit.

These are some of the courses/experiences that have run recently:

  • Study Tours to Egypt and India
  • Marine Ecology in the Caribbean
  • Study Tour to the Galapagos Islands
  • Belize trip run by Nursing Department
  • The England Tour
  • The college is an affiliate of the School for Field Studies and has a collaborative relationship with Asian University for Women in Bangladesh

Options: Three Concentration Areas

Students must choose one area of concentration in addition to the core courses. Minimum of 6 courses (18 credits) from one of the three concentrations below.

Concentration I: Religion, Culture, and Society:

These courses largely stress the cultural, social, and religious aspects of globalization.

Examples of course options. Minimum of 6 courses, 18 credits

Religious Studies:
REL 101 Ancient Egyptian Religion
REL 120 Religions of South & East Asia
REL 220 Death and Dying
REL 225 Buddhism in America
REL 226 Hinduism in America
REL 227 Islam in America

ANT 210 Intro to Archeology
ANT 215 World Music
ANT 225 Tourism and Pilgrimage
ANT 230 Cultures of Caribbean
ANT 310 Women in Developing World

Social Work/ Sociology/ Psych:
SWK 300 Community Organizing
SOC 222 Social Justice: A Global Perspective
SOC 245 Intro to Peace Studies
PSY 335 Cross-cultural psychology

English/ Philosophy/ Spanish:
ENG 303 Linguistics and the Development of the English Language
ENG 345 Topics in World Literature
PHI 105 World Philosophies
SPA 315 Topics in Hispanic Culture

Concentration II: International Business and Economics:

The courses of this area combine international business and international economics. The business courses cover global business structure, theories of trade and investment, international marketing strategies and policies. The economics courses explore the theory, policy, and markets for international trade and finance.

Examples of course options. Minimum of 6 courses, 18 credits

BUA 240 International Business
MRK 336 Global Marketing
ECO 102 Principles of Economics: Micro
ECO 101 Principle of Economics: Macro
ECO 315 International Economics
ECO 333 Economic Sociology

Concentration III: Global Stewardship:

Courses in biology and other disciplines that address environmental issues, ecology, and conservation. Students can explore marine ecology, biodiversity, environmental science, as well as the role of disease in human communities and nature writing in this area.

Examples of course options. Minimum of 6 courses, 18 credits

SOC/SWK 270 Contemporary Environmental Issues
BIO 111 Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Issues
BIO/Hon 214 Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases
BIO 307 Biodiversity & Conservation Biology
BIO 328 Marine Ecology & Conservation
GSC 102 Weather & Climate
CHE 320 Environmental Chemistry
LLC 202-203 Environmental stewardship seminar

College-wide requirement within the major

Technology requirement: CIS 101 or 107
Oral presentation: CST 170, 270 or THS 105
Information literacy: GST 333