This new, streamlined curriculum for Global Studies Majors, and Minors complete with fields of study and regions has been approved on 4/13/12. This information will be available in the MTSU catalog starting Fall 2012.
Global Studies provides an understanding of the world around us by looking at it from multidisciplinary perspectives. Drawing heavily upon the social sciences and humanities, students in Global Studies experience, examine, analyze and understand the connection between people and places, and trends and events that shape their everyday lives. A Global Studies student is concerned with global linkages, themes and issues. With a broad based educational background, study abroad, and language skills, the Global Studies student is empowered with the tools to pursue graduate work, professional service, and careers in public and privates sectors – here and abroad. Where there is the need, national, international, or intercultural, Global Studies students have the education and expertise to meet ever- changing global demands. The Global Studies major will select one of the following Fields of Study and one world region to study:
Fields of Study
- Global Human Diversity and Multiculturalism
- Global Governance and Commerce
- Global Gender
- Middle East
- Latin America
MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
A total of 33 hours are required for the Global Studies major. These include the four required Global Studies courses listed below for 12 hours credit. The remaining 21 hours are selected for the student's Field of Study (12 hours) and their selected Region (9 hours). The primary goal of the Field of Study and Region class selection is to better prepare the Global Studies student with a specific emphasis coupled with a more focused world regional perspective. This approach better prepares the Global Studies major to enter the global community and world marketplace.
Required General Education Courses (41 hours)
Students select courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences as outlined on pages _______.
Required Courses (12 hours)
GS 2010 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Experiences (3 hours)
GS 2990 Introduction to Globalization (3 hours)
GS 3010 Field Experience and Study Abroad (3 hours)
GS 4990 Senior Seminar (3 hours)
Field of Study (12 hours)
The student will select one of the following Fields of Study: Global Human Diversity and Multiculturalism (for those students interested in aspects of culture), Global Governance and Commerce (for those students interested in government, global affairs and commerce), and Global Gender (for those students with interest in gender from a global perspective). The student will select 12 upper division hours (3000 and 4000 level) of electives to meet the Field of Study requirement. No more than nine (9) hours can be selected from a specific or single discipline. Courses selected for each Field of Study will be global, multicultural, or transnational in nature and reflect the interest and career goals of the student. The student will select these 12 hours with the approval and guidance of their Global Studies advisor. Courses that may be used for Fields of Study are provided at the end of this section. Each contains a global, international or multicultural component. Note: Other courses may be used that are not on the list only with the approval of the Program Director. Courses for each Field of Study will be selected from the following Colleges:
• Global Human Diversity and Multiculturalism - courses will be selected from the
College of Liberal Arts, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, and the College
of Mass Communication.
• Global Governance and Commerce - courses will be selected from the College of Liberal Arts and College of Business.
• Global Gender - courses will be selected from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Behavioral and health Sciences, and the College of Mass Communication.
Region (9 hours)
The student will select one of the following world regions for further study: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East. Classes that can be used for the Region focus are provided at the end of this section. Note: Other courses may be used that are not on the list only with the approval of the Program Director.
Foreign Language (12 hours)
Global Studies majors will successfully complete 12 hours in a single foreign language that best suits their academic and career needs. This includes 1010, 1020, 2010 and 2020 courses for whatever language is selected.
Minor (15-18 hours)
Global Studies majors (in conjunction with the Global Studies advisor) will select a minor(s) that reflects their academic and professional goals, academic interests, plus enhance their degree and Field of Study. For example, a minor for Global Studies may be topical such as History, Women's and Gender Studies, or Religious Studies; regional such as Middle East Studies, Latin American Studies, or Russian Studies; skill driven such as Organizational Communication, Entrepreneurship, or Political and Civic Engagement; or focused on language such as Spanish, French, or Japanese.
Electives (16-19 hours)
These electives will reflect the student's academic and career interests and will be selected with the advisement of the Global Studies advisor.
Total hours for Global Studies Major: 120
MINOR in Global Studies (18 hours)
A minor in Global Studies requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. Required courses include GS 2010 Introduction to Cross Cultural Experiences (3 hours); GS 3010 Field Experience and Study Abroad (must take a minimum of three credit hours); and GS 4990 Senior Seminar (3 hours). The remaining nine (9) hours can be taken from Global Studies courses, the Guided Global Studies Electives or selected by the student with the Global Studies advisor's approval and must be global or multicultural in nature and perspective