Undergraduate Studies

The Major in Global Studies

About the Major

Global StudiesThe B.A. in Global Studies is an interdepartmental major designed for students interested in humanistic approaches to understanding past and present processes of globalization. Participating faculty in the departments of History, Modern Languages, English, and Philosophy conduct research in Africa, China, Europe, Japan, Latin America, the Pacific, and South Asia. The rigorous yet flexible Global Studies curriculum combines anthropology, history, literary and cultural studies, and advanced language training in order to help students make sense of complex interactions among global processes, regional and local cultures, and societal structures. In other words, Global Studies majors develop a broad understanding of their prospects and responsibilities as "citizens of the world" confronting challenging contemporary problems.

There are two required courses for the major: introduction to Global Studies and Advanced Seminar in Global Studies. Majors also have to select from several courses focused on theory, transnational histories, and regional/national histories and cultures.

Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is a crucial component of the major in Global Studies. Normally this requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing a course conducted in the second language at the 300 level or above for French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or the fourth semester (Intermediate II) level or above for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian. Comparable proficiency for other languages can be considered. Additional advanced cultural, historical, and literary study in the second language is strongly recommended.

In addition to coursework at Carnegie Mellon, Global Studies majors are encouraged to incorporate a semester of study abroad into their course of study in order to immerse themselves in society different from their own with unfamiliar cultural practices, language, and history. Majors should consult frequently with the program's advisor and with participating faculty who will help students to craft a coherent course of study on specific regions and/or topics that may lead to the development of independent research projects. Program faculty and the academic advisor will also work with students to connect their academic interests and their participation in student organizations and/or organizations based in Pittsburgh with transnational reach.

Global Studies may be elected as a primary or an additional major; the requirements for each are the same.

Students should consult each semester with the academic advisor about new courses approved for the Global Studies major. Students may “double-count” a maximum of two courses for the Global Studies major that are used to fulfill the requirements of other majors and programs. Note that some of the courses have prerequisites established by the department offering them. Global Studies students should consult with the academic advisor concerning how such prerequisites may affect their course of study.

For more information, including updates on course offerings, visit the enchanced Global Studies website or contact:

John Soluri
Director of Global Studies
Baker Hall 363
Phone: 412-268-7112
Email: jsoluri@andrew.cmu.edu

Emily Half
Academic Advisor
Baker Hall A60C
Email: ehalf@andrew.cmu.edu

Major Requirements

Students graduating with a primary major in Global Studies receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Global Studies may also be taken as an additional major.  Global Histories (79-104), 93 additional units including 79-275 and 79-400, and proficiency in a language other than English are required for the major. Students may “double count” a maximum of two courses for the Global Studies major that are used to fulfill the requirements of other majors and programs. Students should consult with the Global Studies academic advisor about new courses and study abroad courses that may be approved for the Global Studies major.

I. Required General Education Course
History 79-104 Global Histories (formerly Introduction to World History)  (9 units)
II. Global Studies Introductory and Capstone Courses
History 79-275 Introduction to Global Studies (9 units)
History 79-400 Advanced Seminar in Global Studies (12 units)
III. Language Requirement

Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is a crucial component of the major in Global Studies. Normally this requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing a course conducted in the second language at the 300 level or above for French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or the fourth semester (Intermediate II) level or above for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian. Comparable proficiency for other languages can be considered. Additional advanced cultural, historical, and literary study in the second language is strongly recommended. Courses in a language other than English may also be counted as GS distribution courses or GS electives as appropriate, and students may receive credit for “Language Across the University” courses and appropriate internship and service learning options.

IV. Theoretical and Topical Core Courses

To gain a solid foundation in the theories and topics underpinning the Global Studies major, students select 18 units (typically two courses) from the following core courses:

English 76-453 Post-Colonialism Theory: Literature of Empire
History 79-276 The Global and the Local: Theory, Practice, and History in the Anthropology of Globalization
History 79-277 Globalizing States: Culture, Power, and Politics
History 79-278 Rights to Representation: Indigenous People and Their Media
History 79-280 Experiencing Globalization
History 79-292 China Inside Out: Going Global, 19th to 21st Centuries
History 79-297 Dilemmas and Controversies in Anthropology
History 79-313 Objects of Value
History 79-314 The Politics and Culture of Memory
History 79-317 Art, Anthropology, and Empire
History 79-318 Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice
History 79-376 Nationalism and Ethnicity
History 79-377 Food, Culture and Power: A History of Eating
History 79-380 Ethnographic Methods
History 79-381 Energy, Environment, and Globalization in the Americas
V. Transnational, Global, and Regional Courses

To gain insight into how complex transnational and global processes shape and are affected by local, national, and regional dynamics, students will select 27 units (typically three courses) from one or both of the subcategories below.

Transnational and Global Courses

English 76-318 Communicating in the Global Marketplace
English 76-322 Global Masala: South Asians in the Diaspora
English 76-327 Poetry of the Americas
English 76-337 Global Literature (Fictions of Globalization)
English 76-353 Global Women's Writing
English 76-440 Diaspora and Transnationalism
English 76-448 The Global Renaissance
History 79-212 China and Its Neighbors: Minorities, Conquerors and Tribute Bearers
History 79-224 Mayan America
History 79-233 The US and the Middle East since 1945
History 79-237 Comparative Slavery
History 79-251 India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development
History 79-254 The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America
History 79-282 Europe and the World
History 79-286 Gandhi and King: Nonviolent Leadership in a Globalized World
History 79-288 Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: A History of Latin America-US Relations
History 79-295 Race Relations in the Atlantic World
History/Phil. 79-298/80-447 Global Justice
History 79-299 Trafficking Persons: Children in a Global Context
History 79-312 International Human Rights Institutions in Theory and Practice
History/ML 79-337/82-230 China and Europe in the Modern World: The Great Divergence Debate in Economic History
History 79-355 World Citizenship
History 79-383 Epidemic Disease and Public Health
History 79-384 Garbage Gone Global: Managing Surplus, Waste, and Desire
History 79-385 The Making of the African Diaspora in the New World
Philosophy 80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy, and Ethics
Philosophy 80-244 Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 80-348 Health, Development, and Human Rights
Mod. Lang. 82-304 The Francophone World
Mod. Lang. 82-345 Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies (various topics)
SDS 88-326 Theories of International Relations
SDS 88-359 Globalization

Regional Courses: Africa

History 79-225 West African History in Film
History 79-226 Introduction to African History: Earliest Times to 1780
History 79-227 Introduction to African History: 1780-1994
History 79-236 Introduction to African Studies
History 79-290 States/Stateless Societies and Nationalism in West Africa
History 79-291 Globalization in East African History
History 79-386 Entrepreneurs in Africa: Past, Present, and Future
Mod. Lang. 82-404 Francophone Realties:  Africa
SDS 88-370 African Politics

Regional Courses: The Middle East

History 79-229 Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1884-1948
History 79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948
History 79-307 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
History 79-398 Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War
History 79-399 American-Arab Encounters (via video w/Qatar)

Regional Courses: Eastern and Southern Asia and the Pacific

English 76-354 South Asian Literature
History 79-358 Claiming the Pacific: Pacific Islanders Struggles for Survival
Mod. Lang. 82-431 China and the West
SDS 88-411 The Rise of the Asian Economies

Regional Courses: The Americas

History 79-220 Development of Caribbean Culture
History 79-221 Development and Democracy in Latin America
History 79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
History 79-235 Caribbean Cultures
Mod. Lang. 82-343 Latin America: Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-445 U.S. Latino Literature
Mod. Lang. 82-451 Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture (various topics)
Mod. Lang. 82-454 The Hispanic Caribbean
Mod. Lang. 82-455/
Topics in Hispanic Studies (various topics)

Regional Courses: Europe

History 79-202 Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800
History 79-205 20th Century Europe
History 79-206 The European Union at the Crossroads
History 79-207 Development of European Culture
History 79-213 Nationalities and the New States of the Former USSR
History 79-323 Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-1800
History 79-321 The Rise of the Modern Nation State
Mod. Lang. 82-320 Contemporary Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Mod. Lang. 82-323 Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the Twentieth Century
Mod. Lang. 82-415/
Topics in French and Francophone Studies
Mod. Lang. 82-441 Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-491 Literature, Politics, and Film in Russia and East Europe Today
VI. Electives

Students are required to take an additional 27 units of elective courses, selected from one or both of the subcategories below. Category IV and V courses listed above that are not used to fulfill those requirements may be counted as electives in addition to the courses listed below. Those students who wish to pursue an optional Global Studies Senior Thesis (9 units) as one of their electives may do so by arrangement with Global Studies faculty; the thesis will often involve work in a language other than English.

Thematic Elective Courses

Bus. Admin. 70-342 Managing Across Cultures
Bus. Admin. 70-365 International Trade and International Law
English 76-238 Introduction to Media Studies
English 76-239 Introduction to Film Studies
English 76-241 Introduction to Gender Studies
English 76-378 Community Literacy and Intercultural Interpretation
English 76-386 Language and Culture
English 76-387 Sociolinguistics
English 76-450 History of Critical Ideas: Problems of Reading, Interpretation & Spectatorship: Law, Culture and the Humanities
History 76-239 Food Fights in American History, 1877-Present
History 76-268 History of the Russian Military
History 79-281 Introduction to Religion
History 79-296 Perspectives on Social Protest
History 79-311 Introduction to Anthropology
History 79-319 Bohemians and Other Cultural Rebels
History 79-320 Women, Politics, and Protest
History 79-325 Art and Religion
History 79-330 Medicine and Society
History 79-331 Body Politics: Women and Health in America
History 79-332 Medical Anthropology
History 79-333 Biology and Society: Evolution, Animal Experimentation and Eugenics
History 79-334 Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences
History 79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
History 79-349 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
History 79-368 Poverty, Charity and Welfare
History 79-382 History of Biomedical Research
History 79-506 Global Studies Internship
Philosophy 80-247 Ethics and Global Economies
Philosophy 80-335 Deliberative Democracy
Mod. Lang. 82-215 Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-311 Arabic Language and Culture I
Mod. Lang. 82-312 Arabic Language and Culture II
Mod. Lang. 82-358 Literacies Across Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-384 Language and Culture: Language in its Social Context
Mod. Lang. 82-506 Hispanic Studies Internship
Mod. Lang. 82-541 Hispanic Studies: Special Topics
SDS 88-205 Comparative Politics
SDS 88-314 Politics through Film (summer only)
SDS 88-357 Comparative Foreign Policy: China, Russia and the US
SDS 88-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft
SDS 88-368 Conflict, Human Rights, and Development
SDS 88-378 International Economics
SDS 88-384 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations
SDS 88-410 The Global Economy: A User's Guide
SDS 88-412 Economics of Global Warming

Nation-based Elective Courses

History 79-231 American Foreign Policy - 1945 to the Present
History 79-315 Hawaii: America’s Pacific Island State
Mod. Lang. 82-344 Language and Culture: U.S. Latinos
Univ-Wide 99-333 Brazil Today (mini, 3 units)
History 79-261 Chinese Culture and Society
History 79-262 Modern China
History 79-263 China's Cultural Revolution (mini, 6 units)
History 79-264 China in the Age of Reform, 1978-2008 (mini, 6 units)
History 79-309 20th Century China Through Film
History 79-310 Religions of China
History 79-375 China’s Environmental Crisis
Mod. Lang. 82-333 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-433 Topics in Contemporary Culture of China
Mod. Lang. 82-434 Studies in Chinese Traditions
Mod. Lang. 82-440 Studies in Chinese Literature and Culture
Univ-Wide 99-332 China Today (mini, 3 units)
History 79-258 French History: From the Revolution to De Gaulle
History 79-259 France During World War II
Mod. Lang. 82-303 French Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-305 French in its Social Contexts
History 79-256 20th Century Germany
History 79-257 Germany and the Second World War
History 79-326 History of German Cinema/History of Modern Germany through its Cinema
Mod. Lang. 82-327 The Emergence of the German Speaking World
Mod. Lang. 82-425 Studies in German Literature
Mod. Lang./History 82-426/79-260 Topics in German Literature and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-427 Nazi and Resistance Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-428 History of German Film
Univ-Wide 99-331 India Today: Industry, Innovation, and Education (mini, 3 units)
History 79-255 Irish History
Mod. Lang. 82-361 Introduction to Italian Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-362 Italian Language and Culture: Italy as Seen through Film
Mod. Lang. 82-273 Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-278 Japanese Literature in Translation
Mod. Lang. 82-473/474 Topics in Japanese Studies
History 76-265 Russian History from the First to the Last Tsar
History 79-266 Russian History from Communism to Capitalism
History 79-267 The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History
History/ML 79-269/82-492 Historical Imagination in 19th Century Russian
History 79-389 Stalin and Stalinism
Mod. Lang. 82-293 Introduction to Russian Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-294 Topics in Russian Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-296 A Century of Russian Film
Univ-Wide 99-334 Russia Today (mini, 3 units)
Univ-Wide 99-335 South Africa Today (mini, 3 units)
History 79-272 Iberian Encounters: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Spain
Mod. Lang. 82-342 Language and Culture:  Spain