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Global Studies Major

Global Studies is a rigorous but flexible interdisciplinary major that combines courses across departments and schools at the University of Richmond and at least a semester of study abroad. Students majoring in Global Studies select one of four concentrations, each coordinated by advisors with special expertise in the areas. The GS major and these concentrations provide a well-rounded liberal arts education, awareness of different nations, cultures, and global issues, and preliminary preparation for a variety of careers in the international arena.

The Global Studies major begins with the gateway course, Introduction to Global Studies and at least one of two other foundational courses, Geographic Dimensions of Global Development or Introduction to Comparative Politics. Students also reach advanced proficiency in a second language and experience living in another academic culture. During the final year, after study abroad, GS majors complete a capstone Senior Seminar by researching and writing an original scholarly paper on an important international issue. Successful completion of GS 290 is a prerequisite for GS400.

Students work with faculty advisors to choose additional electives, including courses taken abroad, within each concentration. Selections typically mix courses from anthropology, communications, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, literature, political science, religion, sociology, women’s studies, and the fine arts. Within each concentration, eight units must be taken from three or more departments (with no more than three units from a single department). While studying abroad students are encouraged to work with faculty advisors to identify courses not listed in the Richmond catalog that complement their academic program.

Global Studies

Jennifer Pribble, Coordinator (Political Science)

Global Studies is a rigorous but flexible interdisciplinary major with a cross-cultural emphasis. The major offers the opportunity to take courses across departments and schools at the University of Richmond and requires at least a semester of study abroad. Students majoring in Global Studies select one of four concentrations, each coordinated by advisors with special expertise in the areas.

All students majoring in Global Studies take the gateway course, course: Introduction to Global Studies, usually in the freshman or sophomore year; and at least one of two other introductory courses, course Planet Earth: People and Place or course, Introduction to Comparative Politics. At least two advanced courses in a second language are also required, beyond the concentration. During the final year, after study abroad, all GS majors complete a topical capstone Senior Seminar, course, during which they will research and write an original scholarly paper.  Successful completion of course is a prerequisite for course.

Students work with faculty advisors to choose additional electives, including courses taken abroad, within each concentration.  Course selections should comprise an interdisciplinary mix of courses from anthropology, art history, classics, communications, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, law, leadership, literature, music, political science, religion, sociology, theater, and women's studies. Within each concentration, eight units must be selected from three or more departments with no more than three units from a single department. While studying abroad students are encouraged to work with faculty advisors to identify courses not listed in the Richmond catalog that complement their academic program.

Courses

CODE

NAME

DESCRIPTION

GS 210

Planet Earth: People and Place

Introduction to our earth as home to people and place through geographic approaches that analyze cultural, societal, economic, political, and environmental change. Topics include: human dimensions of climate change; sustainability; spatial analysis t...

GS 250

Selected Topics

Topics and issues in international studies. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GS 290

Introduction to Global Studies

Introduces methods and questions of the international studies field through regionally diverse case studies and analyses. Topics may include identity, culture, geopolitics, war, environment, health, media, migration, and inequality.

GS 350

Selected Topics

Selected topics in related subjects as arranged by the program coordinator. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GS 388

Internship

May be taken for a grade or pass/fail. Up to one unit may be applied towards the major, only when a grade is awarded. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree...

GS 390

Independent Study

Topics independently pursued under supervision of faculty member.

GS 400

Senior Seminar

Follow up on core concepts and approaches introduced in International Studies 290; sets of international issues and relationships are studied using tools and approaches of several disciplines. Seminar topics change from semester to semester. While re...

GS 406

Summer Undergraduate Research

Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at leas...

Major

The Global Studies Major

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade less than C- (1.7).

13 units, including:

  • FOUNDATIONAL STUDY IN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

    • Students specializing in Global Studies should be competent in at least two languages. For students whose secondary education was in English this requirement can be met by completing two courses taught in a language other than English at the 300 or 400 level in the departments of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures or Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies. Students whose secondary education was not in English may satisfy the requirement with two units of world literature at the 300 or 400 level in any language (beyond the concentration).

  • APPROVED EXPERIENCE ABROAD

    • All Global Studies students should experience significant cultural immersion via a study abroad program of at least one semester in length, related to the major concentration. Students requesting an exception to this requirement (usually two summers) may submit a written petition to the program coordinator for review by a committee of Global Studies faculty.

  • GLOBAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONAL COURSEWORK AND CAPSTONE

    • One unit, chosen from

    • Two courses required of all majors:

      • GS-290 Introduction to Global Studies

      • GS-400 Senior Seminar

  • GLOBAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION

    • Eight units selected from three or more departments with no more than three units from a single department

    • Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

Cultures & Communication

Global Studies: Cultures and Communication

Advisors:  Yvonne Howell, (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), Tze Loo (History), Yucel Yanikdag (History)

The concentration consists of eight units in at least three different departments or disciplines, selected in consultation with an advisor, structured as follows:

  • Skills and Applied Courses

    • Analytic and applied understandings of intercultural communications. Two courses, chosen from:

    Complex Problems

    • Explore challenges and stakes of efforts to communicate across borders, cultures, assumptions, and beliefs. Two courses, chosen from:

      • ANTH-300 Sexuality and Gender Across Cultures

      • ANTH-306 Tourism and Anthropology

      • ANTH-379 ST: Tech, Surveillence and The Media

      • ECON-210 Economics of the European Union

      • ENVR-322 The Global Impact of Climate Change

      • HIST-236 Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and After

      • HIST-240 Human Rights and Revolution in the Atlantic World (1750-1850)

      • HIST-270 Early Islamic World

      • HIST-329 Brexit: A History

      • HIST-390 Food and Power in Africa and Asia

      • LLC-260 Literature and Social Change in Eastern Europe

      • LLC-360 Representing the Holocaust

      • LLC-346 Insiders and Outsiders: Arabic Encounters with the West

      • PLSC-346 Politics of Cultural Pluralism

      • SOC-308 Sociology of War

      • WGSS-203 Human Rights and Revolution in the Atlantic World (1750-1850)

  • Area Studies & Contexts

    • Investigate cultural specificity. Two units chosen from regional courses:

  • Additional Concentration Electives

    • Two additional courses, chosen from those above.

Development & Change

Global Studies: Development and Change

Advisors: Mary Finley-Brook (Geography), David Salisbury (Geography), and Jonathan Wight (Economics)

Note: Within the concentration, the eight units must be selected from three or more departments with no more than three units from a single department.

Eight units, including:

  • ECON-211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

  • Developmental Courses

    • At least three core unit courses, one from each of the following groups:

    • Group 1: Geographies

      • GEOG-320 Power, Space and Territory: Geographies of Political Change

      • GEOG-345/ENVR-345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature

      • GEOG-370 Geographies of Economic Development and Globalization

    • Group 2: Politics and Policies

    • Group 3: Human Experience

      • ANTH-302 Medicine and Health from a Global/Anthropological Perspective

      • ANTH-303 Biopolitics in Medical Anthropology

      • ANTH-328 Anthropology of Human Rights

      • HIST-390 Food and Power in Africa and Asia

  • Area Studies Courses

    • Three elective units covering at least two different 'developing' regions, selected from the regional courses or comparable courses of study abroad.

  • Development Related Courses

    • Possible additional electives from courses listed above, selected topics, courses studied abroad, internships, independent study, or the following courses:

All students concentrating in Development are encouraged, but not required, to conduct independent research, in consultation with their GS faculty advisor. Summer research may be eligible for University funding.

International Economics

Global Studies: International Economics

Advisor: Jonathan B. Wight (Economics), Maia Kersti Linask (Economics)

Students are strongly encouraged to develop proficiency in economics with either a minor or double major (see Economics department listings for requirements).

Note: Within the concentration, the eight units selected from three or more departments.

Eight units, including:

  • Three units, chosen from:

    • ECON-210 The Economics of the European Union

    • ECON-211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

    • ECON-215 International Monetary Economics

    • ECON-310 International Trade: Causes, Consequences, and Controversies

    • ECON-315 International Macroeconomics

  • Global Power, Politics, and Culture

    • Two units from two different departments, chosen from:

  • History, Culture, Societies, Politics, and Religions of Regions or Nations in the World System

    • Two units, chosen from:

  • One additional unit chosen from courses above.

Politics and Goverance

Global Studies: Politics and Governance

Advisors: David Brandenberger (History), Stephen Long (Political Science), Jennifer Pribble (Political Science), Carol Summers (History)

The concentration is comprised of eight units selected from at least three departments and in the following categories

  • Diplomacy and World Order

    • Two units, chosen from:

  • Economic Integration or Interdependence

    • Two units, chosen from:

      • ECON-105 Introduction to Global Economics

      • ECON-210 The Economics of the European Union

      • ECON-211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

      • ECON-230/ENVR-230 Environmental Economics

      • ECON-310 International Trade and Finance

      • HIST-390 Food and Power in Africa and Asia

      • GEOG-345/ENVR-345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy and Nature

      • GEOG-370 Geographies of Economic Development and Globalization

      • PLSC-351 Globalization

      • SOC-306 Social Change in a Global Perspective

      • SOC-335 Feast and Famine: Inequalities in the Global Food System

  • World Regions

    • Two units focused on the same world region selected from regional courses or study abroad.

  • Additional Concentration Electives

    • Two units chosen from the areas above.

Regional Courses

Regional Studies Courses

Africa

Asia

Latin America

The Middle East

  • ANTH-350 Sex and Gender in the Middle East

  • FREN-328 Introduction to Magrhebian Literature and Culture

  • HIST-270 Early Islamic World 

  • HIST-271 The Modern Middle East

  • HIST-370 Contending Visions of the Middle East

  • LLC-243 Politics and Social Movements in Modern Middle Eastern Literatures

  • LLC-346 Insiders and Outsiders: Arabic Encounters with the West

  • LLC-347 Islam, Nationalism, and the West: Modern Thought in the Arab World

  • HIST-399 ST: Modern Turkey

  • PLSC-355 International Relations of the Middle East

  • RELG-103 Introduction to Islam

  • RELG-230 The History of Israel

  • RELG-288 Saints and Sinners in Muslim Literature

  • RELG-385 Sufism: Introduction to Islamic Mysticism

Eastern Europe and Eurasia

  • HIST-236 Russian Empire, Soviet Union, and After

  • HIST-244 Propaganda State

  • HIST-246 Russia in Revolution, 1905-1934

  • HIST-249  Cold War Europe, 1945-1991

  • HIST-326 Communism

  • LLC-260 Literature and Social Change in Eastern Europe

  • LLC-321 Introduction to 19th-Century Russian Literature

  • LLC-322 Introduction to 20th-Century and Contemporary Russian

  • LLC-331 Russian and East European Film

  • LLC-335 Bolsheviks, Bombs and Ballet: Soviet Culture and Civilization

  • SOC-232 Postsocialism in Russia and Eastern Europe

Western Europe

  • ECON-210 The Economics of the European Union

  • ENGL-346 Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature

  • FREN-465 French Film

  • GERM-472 Culture Wars & Identity Debates in German Society from Empire to EU

  • HIST-242 Modern Germany

  • HIST-248 European Diplomacy from Bismarck to Hitler

  • HIST-249 Cold War Europe, 1945-1991

  • HIST-329 Brexit: A History

  • ITAL-311 Italian Culture and Society

  • ITAL-411 Italian Identities: Sicily, Veneto, and Tuscany

  • LAIS-305 Spanish in Politics and Society

  • LAIS-311 Perspectives on People and Cultures of Spain

  • LAIS-462 Visions of Contemporary Spain

  • LAIS-465 Spanish Cinema

  • PHIL-344 Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy

  • PLSC-344 Europe Today