Catalog • 2012-2013

Global Studies - Major

For information, contact Professors Allen Richardson or Chris Duelfer

Global Studies is an inter-disciplinary major based in the social sciences. The major informs students about the nature of globalization and the modern world system from a political, economic, religious, and cultural point of view.

The intellectual and applied objectives of the Global Studies major are to promote global competence and global engagement in the sense of transnational understanding, communication and action. The major arises in response to major historic changes in the world – the rise and decline of nation states in the 19th and 20th centuries and the emergence of a modern world system in the 21st century. This major is not only helpful for general education, but can prepare students for graduate programs, as well as careers in government, international health, environmental, or development agencies, NGO’s, tourism agencies, or international business.

Program Description

Global Studies consists of a core of courses in several disciplines. Language facility is required to an intermediate level, and study abroad is encouraged. Following completion of the core, students take a minimum of six courses in one of three concentration areas: I. Religion, Culture & Society; II. International Business and Economics; III. Global Stewardship. The program is integrated with the new Living-Learning Community called Global Social Justice.

Required Core Courses (27 credits)

  • The Globalizing World (GS 100 - 3 credits
  • Language - 6 credits of the same language
  • Economic Geography - ECO 222 - 3 credits
  • Religious Studies – RS 100 - 3 credits
  • Cultural Anthropology – Ant 100 – 3 credits
  • America as World Power – His 224 – 3 credits
  • Political Science: Globalization & International Law – PSC 211 – 3 credits
  • Capstone thesis (GS 333) - 3 credits

Study Abroad/Internship (1 to 12 credits)

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

Three Credit Internship
As an alternative to Study Abroad, students are encouraged to do a 2-credit internship. You should choose a NGO that has a local office where you could work. You would need to make contact with the NGO or international business to find out what you can do for them. This would involve the same number of hours as the standard CCC internship (ca. 6 hours a week).

Requirements for the major

Global Studies 100 and 333 are required courses. A grade of C- or better is required for the courses that fulfill the major. A minimum of 10 courses (30 credits) should be taken at Cedar Crest unless faculty approval is given for additional transfer credit.

College-wide requirements within the major

Technology requirement: CIS 101 or 117
Oral presentation: COM 278 or THS 105
Information literacy: Global Studies 333 (capstone)

Three Concentration Areas:

Choose one area of concentration.

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:

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


  • Cultural Anthropology – ANT 100
  • Intro to Archeology – ANT 210
  • Human Evolution and Prehistory – ANT 219
  • World Archeology – ANT 300

Social Work/Sociology/Psych:

  • Community Organizing – SWK 300
  • Intro to Peace Studies – SOC 245
  • Social Justice: A Global Perspective - SOC 222
  • Cross-cultural Psychology – PSY 335


  • English: Topics in World Literature – Eng 345
  • Linguistics & the Development of the English Language – Eng 303
  • World Philosophies – Phi 105

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

  • International Business - BUA 240
  • Global Marketing - MRK 336
  • Principles of Economics: Micro - ECO 102
  • Principle of Economics: Macro - ECO 101
  • International Economics - ECO 315
  • New courses under consideration: e.g.
    • History of Economic Thought
    • International Banking & Finance
    • Trade Policy
    • Regional business courses, as China, India, South America

Concentration III: Global Stewardship

These courses address environmental issues, ecology, and conservation. Students explore marine ecology, biodiversity, environmental science, as well as the role of disease.

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

  • Sociology: Contemporary Environmental Issues- SOC/SWK 270
  • Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Issues – BIO 111
  • Marine Ecology & Conservation – BIO 328
  • Biodiversity & Conservation Biology – BIO 307
  • Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases – BIO/HON 214
  • Weather & Climate – GSC 106
  • Environmental Chemistry – CHE 320
  • Seminar on environmental stewardship (for Living/Learning communities)
  • Matter, Energy, and the Environment-- ENS 101
  • Nature Writing (English Special Topics)