Global Studies - Major

For information, contact Professor John Cigliano, Professor Chris Duelfer, or Professor Allen Richardson

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Global Studies major is to provide students with an understanding of the major concepts and ideas in the interdisciplinary field of Global Studies: the history of globalization, world geography, global capitalism, the nation state, and the cultural, religious, environmental, and political dimensions of globalization. Students majoring in Global Studies will acquire a framework for analyzing the forces, agents, and effects of globalization, and be prepared to engage an increasingly interdependent world.

The program will prepare students for graduate programs, as well as for careers in government; international business; NGO’s; and international health, environmental, tourism, or development agencies.

Required Core Courses (27 credits)

The Globalizing World  – GST 100
Language - 6 credits of the same language
Economic Geography – ECO 222
Introduction to Religion and Culture– REL 100
Cultural Anthropology – ANT 100
America as a World Power – HIS 224
The New Global Economy – PSC 211
Capstone thesis – GST 333

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.
Minimum of 6 courses, 18 credits

Choose courses from:

Religious Studies:

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


Intro to Archeology – ANT 210
World Archeology – ANT 300

Social Work/Sociology/Psych:

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


Topics in World Literature – ENG 245
World Philosophies – PHI 105
Hispanic Culture and Civilization – SPA 311
Caribbean Literature and Culture – SPA 313
Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture – SPA 315

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.
Minimum of 6 courses, 18 credits

Choose courses from:

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

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.
Minimum of 6 courses, 18 credits

Choose courses from:

Concepts in Ecology and Environmental Issues – BIO 111
Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases – BIO/HON 215
Marine Ecology– BIO 228
Conservation Biology and GIS – BIO 309
Environmental Chemistry – CHE 320
A Guide to the Earth’s Energy Resources – GSC 105
Weather & Climate – GSC 106
Nature Writing – ENG 360 (special topics)
Sociology: Contemporary Environmental Issues- SOC/SWK 270
Social Justice: A Global Perspective – LLC 200
Environmental Stewardship Seminar I – LLC 202

Learning Outcomes

In completing the Global Studies major, but depending on concentration, students can:

  • Develop increased global awareness (geography, politics, economic systems)
  • Gain knowledge of the implications of political and economic policies for social, environmental, and political issues and problems
  • Gain knowledge of international agencies and their policies about human rights, the environment, currency, tariffs, exchange rates, loans for development, etc.
  • Become aware of the continuing debates about globalization and local and global environmental degradation
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between anthropogenic causes, policies and agreements on major global environmental issues
  • Gain increased awareness of cultural differences and the processes of migration, acculturation, assimilation in societies
  • Identify transnational patterns in the American religious landscape.
  • Develop an understanding of the complex patterns of immigration and transnationalism
  • Acquire language proficiency and understanding of the role of language differences in a globalized environment
  • Identify the location of major countries and analyze the differences between core and peripheral nations