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Global Studies Courses

GST 100 The Globalizing World - 3 credits

This is the gateway course for the Global Studies major. The course introduces students to the major concepts and theories in the interdisciplinary field of global studies. Topics include world geography, the history of globality, global capitalism, the nation state, and cultural, religious, environmental, and political dimensions of globality. Several major questions are addressed in the course:

  1. What drives globalization?

  2. What are the types of globalization (economic, political, cultural, economic)?

  3. Is the power of the nation state slowly being eclipsed by international corporations and institutions?

  4. Glocalization: is globalization making the world more homogeneous in a cultural sense or does local culture hybridize the global?

  5. As religions become transnational, how are they transformed in the diaspora and at home?

  6. What are the ramifying effects of climate change and to what extent are those changes anthropogenic?

  7. Is globalization a “good thing” or a “bad thing”?

GST 333 (Capstone) - 3 credits

This course is taken in the senior year as the capstone of the major. Students may do a thesis or special project under the supervision of an advisor from the student’s concentration area. This course is required for the major.




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