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Global Studies Registration Guide: Fall 2020

Advising for Fall 2020 begins Monday, April 6. Registration begins on Monday, April 13 for current seniors. Check your registration times.


Please arrange to connect your GS faculty advisor well before your assigned registration time. If for any reason you are unsure who your GS advisor is, consult GradTracker (if GS is your first major).

Your official faculty advisor must tag BannerWeb status to “Advised” before you can access registration. If you are a double major, and GS is not your first major, the advisor for your primary or first major will change your status to “Advised,” but you should still consult with your GS advisor or the coordinator. Students studying abroad should email their advisors but can also find detailed registration information on the Registrar’s Office Website: Registrar’s Office Website.

For questions about registration, transfer credits, approval of courses for the major, and so forth please email me and cc your GS Faculty advisor.

The requirements for the major are listed on the website.


These requirements include a semester of study abroad relevant to the concentration within the major (Please consult with your GS faculty advisor before making a decision).


Majors anticipating graduation in December 2020 or May or August 2021 must plan to take the senior seminar, GS 400, a capstone research seminar for all Global Studies majors. (Prerequisite: GS 290 and senior status). For 2020/21 there is one option in each semester:

FALL 2020

GS 400 Senior Seminar: Capitalism and Humanitarism (Professor Bischof).
This course explores the relationship between making money and doing good in the modern world.  It examines moments when humanitarianism and capitalism seemed to be in tension as well as moments when they seemed to be in harmony.  As it does so, it explores the underlying conceptions of race, poverty, gender, economics, and international relations that influenced these perceptions about the relationship between humanitarianism and capitalism.  The course will begin with several historical and contemporary case studies, after which students will pursue their own research projects.


GS 400 Senior Seminar: Global Poverty and Inequality (Professor Pribble).
Global poverty and inequality are issues of intense debate and deep concern. Indeed, since the adoption of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, the issue of global welfare has assumed a privileged place at the top of the international political agenda. Nonetheless, the problem continues to aggravate most regions of the world and in 2010 it was estimated that 48 percent of individuals in sub-Saharan Africa lived in extreme poverty (on less than US$1.25 per day), while that number equaled 30 percent in South Asia; 14 percent in South-East Asia; and 6 percent in Latin America. This course will engage students in a semester-long exploration of the issues of global poverty and inequality. We will begin the semester with a critical analysis of the concepts of poverty and inequality. During the second portion of the semester, we will discuss different theoretical approaches for explaining the causes of poverty and inequality and then finish with a series of readings about how poverty and inequality affect politics, economics, and socio-cultural developments around the globe.


Majors who have not yet completed the gateway courses should register for at least one of the following:

  • The required GS 290 Introduction to Global Studies
  • Either GS/GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Global Development or PLSC 240 Introduction to Comparative Politics


In addition to the courses listed in the schedule under the GS heading, consult listings under Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, or other departments for courses relevant to your concentration.

A list of Fall 2020 courses offered at Richmond for each GS Concentration are posted on the GS website.

Note: GS majors are strongly advised to study in different departments and disciplines; no more than three courses in any one department can be applied toward the GS major within the concentraton and at least three disciplines must be represented.


Anyone interested in doing a full-credit GS 388 Internship or GS 390 Independent Study should consult with their GS advisor and with the GS Coordinator.