• Global Studies
    MTSU students in England immerse themselves in the rich history of one of the world's largest empires
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    Living in another culture can become a life-changing experience
  • Global Studies
    When MTSU students study abroad they learn about different cultures and lifestyles
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    These MTSU students in Greece encounter both thefamiliar
    and the unfamiliar

Global Studies

Global Studies looks at the world from multidisciplinary perspectives and prepares students to operate in an ever-changing global environment. Students experience, examine, analyze, and understand the connection between people and places and trends and events that shape lives. Students explore their interests through a field of study (global human diversity and multiculturalism, global governance and commerce. or global gender) and one region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America).

Studying Abroad

Study Abroad

Studying abroad, a requirement for all MTSU Global Studies students, soon becomes a life-changing experience. Students live for one month to one year in a foreign country of their choosing and study courses from international business to geography to foreign language.

Anna Yacovone, Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship recipient

Future bright with Fulbright

Anna Yacovone, a 2011 MTSU graduate with degrees in global studies and organizational communication, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to Laos in 2012. Yacovone is teaching English in Vientiane, mostly at the National University of Laos.


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • SALT International
  • Foreign Service
  • Peace Corps
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Service agencies
  • International education

Dr. Hari Garbharran
Professor
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Dr. Doug Heffington
Director, Global Studies
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Corey Perkins
Instructor
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Bethany Lynn Stollar
Instructor
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Antonio L. Vasquez
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MTSU's Global Studies program offers an interdisciplinary major or minor.

The major, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree, consists of 33 hours including 12 hours in required classes, 12 hours in the student's field of study, and 9 hours in a region of study. Twelve hours of a single foreign language are also required along with general education requirements, electives, and a minor area of study.

The minor is 18 hours and includes 9 hours in required courses and 9 additional hours selected by the student and advisor.

The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Global Studies Academic Map

Global Studies Program
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Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
courseHoursMilestones/Notes courseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GS 2010 (SBS Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Foreign Language 10103  Foreign Language 10203 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with Education Abroad office to select program HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 Meet with advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Minor course3 
GS 29903  Elective3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Foreign Language 20103  Foreign Language 20203 
SUBTOTAL16  Subtotal16 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
GS 30103Study Abroad
Semester Major: Field area3Submit Upper Division and Intent to Graduate forms
Major: Field area3  Major: Region area3 
Major: Field area3  Minor course3 
Major: Region area3  Minor course3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Major: Field area3GS 3300 - Internship recommended GS 49903(POD required)
Major: Region area3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Elective3 
Minor course3  Elective3 
Elective3  Elective1 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 
NOTE: Major courses and the Study Abroad semester may be taken in a different sequence if needed. Please consult with your advisor.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
courseHoursMilestones/Notes courseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 Meet with advisor
MATH (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
GS 2010 (SBS Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Foreign Language 10103  Foreign Language 10203 
    Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3Meet with Education Abroad office to select program Major: Field area3 Meet with advisor
GS 29903  Minor course3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Foreign Language 20103  Foreign Language 20203 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL13 
JUNIOR SUMMER
GS 30103Study Abroad Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Major: Field area3  Major: Field area3Submit Upper Division and Intent to Graduate forms
Major: Region area3  Major: Region area3 
Minor course3  Minor course3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Major: Field area3GS 3300 - Internship recommended GS 49903(POD required)
Major: Region area3  Minor course3 
Minor course3  Elective3 
Minor course3  Elective3 
Elective1     
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL12 
NOTE: Major courses and the Study Abroad semester may be taken in a different sequence if needed. Please consult with your advisor.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed here.

Global Studies

GS 2010 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Experiences
3 credit hours
Required of all Global Studies majors or minors and Cultural Geography majors. Establishes a broad-based foundation for understanding varying perspectives and values in a culture other than one's own. Differing global and international views on cultural and environmental issues past, present, and future. The student's cultural background will be used for comparative purposes.

GS 2500 - Understanding US Culture and Education
3 credit hours
Serves as an introduction to U.S. culture and higher education in the U.S. for international students. Emphasis on various topics that beginning students who are new to the U.S. need to know in order to be successful in academic, research, or business programs in the U.S.

GS 3000 - Globalization
3 credit hours
Required of all Global Studies and Cultural Geography majors. Explores concepts and history of globalization including forms and processes. Introduces historical antecedents and contemporary issues of globalization such as globalism verses globalization and Americanization, migration and cultural diffusion, civil discord, global and regional governance, technology, environment, media, gender and inequality, regionalism, and the cultural landscapes of globalization/globalism. Requires off-campus activities.

GS 3010 - Field Experience and Study Abroad
1 to 12 credit hours
Three credit hours are required of all Global Studies majors or minors. Prerequisite: GS 2010 or approval of program director. Credit given for study abroad and/or extended field experiences in another culture. Pass/Fail.

GS 3040 - Contemporary Migration: Global Trends, Local Implicatio
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Examines past and present trends in global migration; causes and effects of human movement; the impact migration has on host and home societies; emergence of transnational communities; evolving concepts of race, gender, and class in an era of accelerating globalization; and socioeconomic challenges caused by transnational immigration. Requires off-campus assignments.

GS 3050 - Globalization Through Film
3 credit hours
Utilizes films to examine issues of globalization such as human diversity, movement of people and goods, and conflict. Compares and contrasts film's history (specifically Western cinema) from creation, promotion, and perpetuating views of global cultures with those films produced in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East. Some off-campus film viewing possible.

GS 3200 - Special Problems and Topics in Global Studies
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: GS 2010 and permission of department. A detailed examination of a problem or topic pertinent to Global Studies. Topics vary and may be taken as an independent study or in a traditional classroom setting. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics. No more than three (3) hours may apply toward the Global Studies major or minor.  

GS 3200 - Special Problems and Topics in Global Studies
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: GS 2010 and permission of department. A detailed examination of a problem or topic pertinent to Global Studies. Topics vary and may be taken as an independent study or in a traditional classroom setting. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics. No more than three (3) hours may apply toward the Global Studies major or minor.  

GS 3300 - Global Studies Internship
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: GS 2010, permission of department, and junior standing. Practical experience in a professional setting relating to Global Studies. Number of credit hours determined by hours interned and is subject to advisor's approval. Six (6) hours can be applied to the major and three (3) to the minor. Pass/Fail.  

GS 3300 - Global Studies Internship
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisites: GS 2010, permission of department, and junior standing. Practical experience in a professional setting relating to Global Studies. Number of credit hours determined by hours interned and is subject to advisor's approval. Six (6) hours can be applied to the major and three (3) to the minor. Pass/Fail.  

GS 3400 - China Under Transformation
3 credit hours
Critical examination of the immense changes taking place in contemporary People's Republic of China. Topics covered include government, economy, political culture, family and children, sexuality, the Internet, films, avant-garde art, rock and roll, and sports with a special focus on how power and resistance to power exercised in various ways.

GS 3400 - China Under Transformation
3 credit hours
Critical examination of the immense changes taking place in contemporary People's Republic of China. Topics covered include government, economy, political culture, family and children, sexuality, the Internet, films, avant-garde art, rock and roll, and sports with a special focus on how power and resistance to power exercised in various ways.

GS 3990 - China and the World
3 credit hours
Critical examination of the nature and scope of China's global impact. Topics include international trade, human rights, security and cultural clashes with a special focus on understanding the complexity of China at the international level.

GS 3990 - China and the World
3 credit hours
Critical examination of the nature and scope of China's global impact. Topics include international trade, human rights, security and cultural clashes with a special focus on understanding the complexity of China at the international level.

GS 4000 - Global Issues in Human Trafficking
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Human trafficking examined globally in regards to issues of recruiting, transporting/transferring, and harboring/receiving persons through force for the purpose of exploitation. Laws and preventative measures also examined. Students research trafficking issues in global contexts and engage in Experiential Learning activities by volunteering in service projects with registered and certified local non-profit organizations, whose missions are to combat human trafficking locally and globally.

GS 4000 - Global Issues in Human Trafficking
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Human trafficking examined globally in regards to issues of recruiting, transporting/transferring, and harboring/receiving persons through force for the purpose of exploitation. Laws and preventative measures also examined. Students research trafficking issues in global contexts and engage in Experiential Learning activities by volunteering in service projects with registered and certified local non-profit organizations, whose missions are to combat human trafficking locally and globally.

GS 4010 - Global Warfare and Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Examines the philosophical and organizational influences upon the evolution of warfare and culture through societal, strategic, organizational, military, and human dynamics. Development of a warrior ethos among various cultures also considered. Case studies and off-campus activities required.

GS 4010 - Global Warfare and Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department; junior standing. Examines the philosophical and organizational influences upon the evolution of warfare and culture through societal, strategic, organizational, military, and human dynamics. Development of a warrior ethos among various cultures also considered. Case studies and off-campus activities required.

GS 4150 - Ecotourism, Geotourism, and Sustainable Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. In-depth examination of ecotourism (low-impact study and travel), geotourism (human engagement with abiotic resources), and sustainable development (interaction with and preservation of the natural environment). Examines the role humans play in interpretation and preservation of our natural and cultural surroundings from local, regional, and global perspectives. Requires field component(s).

GS 4150 - Ecotourism, Geotourism, and Sustainable Development
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department. In-depth examination of ecotourism (low-impact study and travel), geotourism (human engagement with abiotic resources), and sustainable development (interaction with and preservation of the natural environment). Examines the role humans play in interpretation and preservation of our natural and cultural surroundings from local, regional, and global perspectives. Requires field component(s).

GS 4990 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours
Required of all Global Studies majors or minors. Capstone course requiring projects reflecting integration and demonstration of knowledge and skills used by all successful global citizens. Projects determined by the student with advisement of the program director and may be completed on campus, abroad, or in the field.

GS 4990 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours
Required of all Global Studies majors or minors. Capstone course requiring projects reflecting integration and demonstration of knowledge and skills used by all successful global citizens. Projects determined by the student with advisement of the program director and may be completed on campus, abroad, or in the field.