Jan 27, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Global Studies - Major

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Coordinator: Paul Kramer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science

The global studies major is an interdisciplinary program leading to a B.A. degree. It is designed to educate students about the effects of cultural, social, economic, and political processes across the globe and about conceptions of race and identity formed trans-nationally. The scope of global studies includes explorations of human trafficking, fair trade, women’s movements, microfinance, disaster relief, religious nationalism, media, and world literature and art. Students are asked to consider how we here at Nazareth relate to these concerns and what our ethical obligations are as citizens in a cosmopolitan world.

The GLO program helps prepare students for careers in international law, international development agencies, the foreign diplomatic service, intelligence agencies, international business, journalism, refugee settlement work, and international service organizations. It also provides a unique pathway to graduate school in more specialized areas.

The GLO major offers four tracks of study to help students focus their area of interest. Students must also demonstrate the ability to read, write, and speak a foreign language by completing a minor in Spanish, Italian, French, German or Chinese, or by working up to the intermediate level in Arabic. Students may also take courses up to the intermediate level at nearby campuses in languages such as Russian, Japanese, or Korean.

A semester study abroad is required for GLO majors, offering opportunities for sustained engagement with other communities and cultures. The Center for International Education at Nazareth has a wide variety of study abroad programs from which to choose.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Global Studies Core

The Global Studies major has a total of 39 to 45 required credit hours (depending on language study). Students complete introductory and upper level course sequences, courses from an elective track, and extensive study in a foreign language.  Study abroad is also required.

A. Introductory Sequence (6 credits)

B. Upper Level Sequence in Global Processes (9 credits) 

NOTEA course fulfilling the Global Processes requirement cannot also fulfill track requirements.

Complete three of the following:


C. Foreign Language Requirement

Complete one of the following:

  • Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish - students complete an 18 credit Minor
  • Arabic - students complete a four-course sequence
  • Japanese or Russian - students complete a four-course sequence (courses available at a nearby campus)

D. Senior Seminar and Comprehensive (3 credits)

The Global Studies Junior/Senior Seminar (GLO 400 Junior-Senior Seminar  ) ties together and demonstrates the interconnectedness of the various courses and disciplines of the GLO major. Particular attention is given to global trends in political, economic, and social development, and to contemporary problems faced by the international community. Students undertake a major research project in which they analyze a specific international issue and make a policy recommendation toward its solution.

GLO 400 Junior-Senior Seminar   Credits: 3 or PSC 440 Junior/Senior Seminar in Political Science   

Global Studies Elective Tracks

Students select a track of interest from which to take three courses.

NOTEA course fulfilling the Global Processes requirement cannot also fulfill track requirements.

Track 1: Conflict, Security, and Resistance

Only 2 of the three courses can have the same prefix. One course must focus on the developing world.

Track 2: Global Sustainability

Students complete any three courses:


Track 3: Development Studies

Students must complete one social science research course from the following:

Plus, select two additional courses from the following:


Track 4: Cultural and Artistic Formations

Only 2 of the three courses can have the same prefix.


Sample Program for Global Studies Major

Freshman Year

As well as:

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 6
  • Electives Credits: 6
  • Global Studies Electives from Chosen Track Credits: 6
  • Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • Study Abroad (one or two semesters)
  • INS Internship Credits: 3
  • Experiential Learning (EL) Pathway
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME)  Credits: 0

As well as:

Senior Year

  • Electives Credits: 15
  • Global Studies Electives from Chosen Track Credits: 6
  • Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • GLO Internship Credits: 3

As well as:

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