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  • Global Studies

    Global studies is an interdisciplinary academic area that draws from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, sciences and arts to examine global processes and events and their effects at a local level. For the last 2 decades the world has been undergoing a sustained reorganization along economic, social, political, cultural, technological, and environmental lines that cut across national boundaries. WSU also has experienced an increased global connectivity, integration, and interdependence, and witnessed the emergence of planet-wide issues such as climate change, poverty, new technologies, and entrenched wars. In response to these real-world events, global studies has emerged as a dynamic interdisciplinary academic field to study the forces shaping these complex processes.

    The mission of the global studies concentration is to prepare students to understand international affairs and provide them with a solid background for decision-making in an increasingly interdependent world community. Students are encouraged to connect their knowledge of a particular region of the world to larger transnational processes and to examine their identities in a global frame. The interdisciplinary concentration in global studies will give students added skills to function in a global market and the depth of understanding necessary to be responsible citizens of planet Earth.

    Requirements for a Concentration in Global Studies: 15 credits
    Students are required to take a total of 5 global studies courses, starting with GL 150 Introduction to Global Studies (required), plus 4 electives chosen from across various disciplines. One of the elective courses has to be at a 200-level and another at either a 300- or 400-level. No more than 2 courses can be counted from the same department. Students are strongly encouraged to elect a world language course other than English and/or a study abroad course that meets the global studies criteria.