Global Studies

The minor in Global Studies encourages students to become aware of how contemporary political, economic, social, and environmental problems affect vast regions and diverse communities. The curriculum links global awareness to local concerns, emphasizes the responsibilities of democratic citizenship, and engages the challenges of human rights and justice, values and ethics, resource flows, cultural resistances, and environmental crises. The requirements of 24 credits complement general education at the introductory level, promote sharp thematic study in the upper-level core, and encourage practical experiences outside the classroom.

Key questions are: What is globalization? What accounts for the phenomena of globalization? When did the world’s polity, economy, environment, culture, and society become global? What analytical tools exist to help students understand globalization’s influence on politics, cultures, values and ecosystems?

An interdisciplinary introduction provokes students to think about how globalization touches their lives and to analyze distinct responses to globalization’s effects on societies, governments and natural resources. Introductory courses are drawn from existing general education requirements. Students should check carefully the prerequisites for upper-level courses in the minor before choosing lower-level general education courses.

Global Studies upper-level core courses help students acquire knowledge about globalization from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, historical experiences, and cultural preferences. Core requirements address the implications of globalization for citizens, states and communities around the world, include surveys of recent literature, and strengthen communication skills and critical thinking.

Students are encouraged to participate in travel courses and study abroad offered by the University. Some travel courses contain global content and may be applied to the Global Studies minor. Please contact an adviser concerning appropriateness of a specific travel course. At least two years of a modern foreign language is strongly recommended.


Supporting Courses9
Introduction to Environmental Sciences
World Regions and Concepts: A Geographic Analysis
Choose one of the following courses:
Varieties of World Culture
Macro Economic Analysis
Human Disease and Society
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
Women in the Performing Arts
World Food and Population Issues
Global Politics and Society
Environment and Society
City Life and Globalization
Upper-Level Courses15
Choose five courses from the thematic categories below. At least one courses must be from each categories
Global Democracy: institutions and citizenship
German Politics and Society
The U.S. and the World
Studies in Comparative History
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Foreign and Defense Policies
Global Environmental Sustainability: natural resources, climate change and human needs and services
Family, Kin, and Community
Environmental Sustainability
Global Climate Change
War and Civilization
Special Topics in Nursing (Topic: Global Aspects of Healthcare)
Cultural Psychology
Global Environmental Politics and Policy
Global Peoples: nationality, ethnicity, race and religion
Geography of South America
Global Environmental History (move to Global Environmental Sustainability category)
Contemporary Europe
The Rise of Islamic Civilization to 1800
Globalization and Cultural Conflict
Topics in World Cultures
Politics of Developing Areas
Total Credits24


David N Coury; Professor; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Ekaterina M Levintova; Professor; Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Cristina M Ortiz; Professor; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Christine L Vandenhouten; Professor; Ph.D., Marquette University, chair*

Tohoro F Akakpo; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University*

Marcelo P Cruz; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles

Steven J Meyer; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln*

Eric J Morgan; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Heidi M Sherman; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Kevin M Kain; Lecturer; Ph.D., Western Michigan University