The Major

I. Foundational Requirements (15-32 units)

For all Concentrations except Europe:
  • All students must achieve intermediate-level (or higher) proficiency in a modern language other than English.
  • Students may demonstrate this proficiency either by:
    • passing an intermediate-level proficiency exam or by
    • completing a fourth-semester standard language course (202 or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.
For the Europe Concentration:
  • Students choosing a European Concentration, with an emphasis in France, Iberia, or Central/Eastern Europe must demonstrate advanced proficiency (ACTFL scale definition) in the language of the respective culture (French, Spanish, German or other appropriate language), either by
    • passing an advanced-level proficiency exam or by successfully
    • completing a third-year standard language course sequence (e.g.; an SSU class taught in the target language at the 300 level) with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • In exceptional cases, students wishing to demonstrate equivalent proficiency shall secure certification of equivalency from qualified faculty in SSU's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, or from the MLL Department Chair's designee, and present it to the Global Studies Coordinator.
  • For Global Studies purposes, proficiency in listening and speaking takes precedence over reading/writing/translating proficiency. Equivalency exams shall therefore include an oral interview as well as a test of reading and writing skills. Students may be required to remit a fee for this exam.
  • Formal demonstration of second-language proficiency shall be waived for students who have completed their secondary education at a school whose language of instruction is other than English.
    2. Global Cultures (choose one)
    • ANTH203: Cultural Anthropology  D1 (3)
    • GEOG203: Human Geography  D2, (3)
    3. Global Environment (choose one)
    • ENSP200: Global Environmental Issues D5 (3)
    • GEOG201: Global Environmental Systems  B1 (4)
    4. Economic Perspectives
    • ECON204: Macroeconomics   D5 (4)
    5. Global Issues (all required)
    • GLBL350A: Introduction to Community Service (1)
    • GEOG302: World Regions in Global Context D5 (4)

II. Breadth Requirements (choose one in each area 14-15 units)

    1. Political Ideas and Institutions
    • POLS303: Intro to Comparative Gvrnmnt and Global Systems(4)
    • POLS304: Introduction to International Relations (4)
    • POLS315: Democracy, Capitalism, Socialism, D5 (4)
    • POLS452: Third World Political Systems (4)
    2. Historical Perspectives
    • HIST202: Development of the Modern World, D2 (3)
    • HIST380: 20th Century World, D2 (3)
    3. Globalization and its Social Impact
    • ANTH352: Global Issues (4)
    • GLBL300: Local Responses to Global Issues D1 (3)
    • GEOG322: Liberation Ecologies: Globalztn, Environ. and Social Movmnts. (4)
    • WGS385: Gender and Globalization (4)
    4. Religous and Ethical Perspectives
    • PHIL302: Ethics and Human Value Theory, C2 (3)
    • POLS 307: Holocaust Lecture Series, D5 (4)
    • SOC431: Sociology of Religion, C2 (4)
    • HUM301: War and Peace Lecture Series, C3 (3)

III. Concentration Courses (20 units)

IV. Capstone Requirements (11 units)


    All majors are expected to participate in an intensive cross-cultural experience of at least three months' duration, during which they speak primarily a language other than their mother tongue.

    Students normally will meet this expectation by studying or working abroad.

    When travel abroad is impossible, students may arrange an extended cross-cultural experience closer to home, in consultation with the Global Studies Coordinator.

    • GEOG320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GLBL496: Senior Capstone Pre-Seminar (3) (Fall)
    • GLBL498: Senior Capstone Thesis (4) (Spring)