Department Description: The program consists of an introductory course in global studies and a capstone project including a travel study option or cultural immersion experience. Students will develop an awareness of intercultural relations skills, diversity issues, and human rights issues. They will gain an understanding of international ethical issues and America’s own multicultural structure. Students are exposed to the literature, music and art of other cultures and gain knowledge of human and social geography.
Department Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of global issues, processes, trends and systems (i.e. economic and political interdependency among nations; environmental-cultural interaction; global governance bodies);
- Articulate an understanding of her/his culture in global and comparative context; that is, recognizes that her/his culture is one of many diverse cultures and that alternate perceptions and behaviors may be based in cultural differences;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and practice of political, military, economic, and cultural hegemony within states and within the global system;
- Demonstrate an understanding of how her/his field is viewed and practiced in different international contexts;
- Use diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference, including those of the media, to think critically and solve problems;
- Use information from other languages and other countries to extend their access to information and experiences;
- Interpret issues and situations from more than one cultural perspective;
- Articulate differences among cultures; demonstrates tolerance for the diverse viewpoints that emerge from these differences;
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical origins of the nation-state, and its current role in the global system;
- Apply the key theoretical concepts in the field to interpret global issues; and
- Exhibit an ongoing willingness to seek out international or intercultural opportunities.
GLOBAL STUDIES CERTIFICTE
Program Course Requirements
COMM 2420 Intercultural Communication (3 cr)
GLST 1401 Introduction to Global Studies (3 cr)
GLST 1491 Global Studies Travel (1-4 cr) OR GLST 2401 Global Studies Capstone (1-3 cr)
SPAN 1402* Beginning Spanish II (4 cr)
Total - 12 credits
Select 3 credits from the following History/Social Behavior Sciences courses:
ANTH 1457 Cultural Anthropology (3 cr)
ESCI 1454 Earth Science and the Environment (4 cr)
GEOG 1400 Physical Geography (3 cr)
GEOG 1410 Maps and Places (3 cr)
GEOG 1421 World Regional Geography (3 cr)
GEOG 1459 Cultural Geography (3 cr)
GLST 2401 Global Studies Capstone (3 cr)
HIST 1413 World History II, 1500 to Present (3 cr)
POLS 2450 International Relations (3 cr)
SOCL 2422 Culture and Environment (3 cr)
Select 3 credits from the following Fine Arts and Humanities courses:
MUSC 1450 Music in World Culture (3 cr)
PHIL 1411 World Religion (3 cr)
SPAN 2420 Many Faces of Mexico (3 cr)
SPAN 2425 Cultures of Latin America (3 cr)
GRADUATION REQUIREMENT - 18 credits
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Gainful Employment Disclosure
Career Opportunities: The Global Studies Certificate is designed to enable students to meet the demands of a global society. As competition for employment increases employers will be seeking employees that will enhance their organization through global and diverse perspectives. This certificate provides students with a competitive advantage that their peers may not possess.
There are many career opportunities for students with Global Studies Emphasis. Students can apply their knowledge and skills in areas of business, education, international associations, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and foreign relations. Finding an entry-level job in a foreign country is increasingly popular because it improves a graduate's foreign language skill, develops local networking and creates the advantage of international work experience. Students may choose to pursue further education in International Affairs, Global Business, International Law and other programs.
Career Titles: • Many U.S. government jobs that don't require specialization or additional education are available with agencies such as the Peace Corps or in the Foreign Services.
• A number of international nonprofits and Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) offer solid entry-level positions for people without advanced degrees. Examples of international nonprofits and NGOs include the United Nations, CARE, UNICEF and DIrect Relief International.
• Students might find a job in a U.S.-based corporation that does business internationally and eventually work their way into an international position. A number of industries do extensive international business, including banks, engineering firms and consulting companies.
• Teaching English internationally to English as a Second Language (ESL) students is another good way to gain international experience and to find work with a corporation or organization not based in the United States. Many Asian nations have a much higher demand for teachers who are native speakers of English than they can fill.
• Higher level jobs in government, international nonprofits and corporations often require a post-graduate degree. Many jobs are available for lawyers who specialize in international law. Students pursuing an advanced degree will find a Global Studies Emphasis valuable.
• Global Culture Industries: music, film, sports, – MTV, Disney, the NBA, Coca Cola
• Global Environment: World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, Sierra International
• Global Health: World Health Org (WHO), Ctr for Disease Control (CDC)
• Global Marketing Agencies: BBDO, DDB, J. Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett
• Human Justice Organizations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch
• International Governing Agencies: UN, World Bank, IMF
• International Service Agencies: Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, Peace Corps
• International Development Agencies: U.S.A.I.D, relief funds
• International Businesses: Sony, Microsoft, Apple, medicine and pharmaceuticals
• Mass Communication: CNN, ESPN, Rodale Int., foreign correspondence
• Travel & Tourism: travel agencies, global tours, cruise lines
• U.S. Government Offices & Agencies: Foreign Service, State Department