Global Studies

Embrace the complexity of our world

Increase your understanding of the complexities of our world. Our Global Studies program's goal is to not only give you insight into the variety of modern human patterns, histories, environments, and traditions of wide-ranging populations, but more importantly, it's aimed at engaging you in the study of the interactions among those groups and the consequences of their interactions.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Global Studies (BA)


Global Studies

Why a Global Studies Degree from AU?

International Travel

See the world and experience what you're studying first-hand by traveling abroad!

Become Bilingual

Enhance your employability skills by becoming proficient in a second, modern language.

Customized Study

With three unique tracks of study, you make the Global Studies major your very own.

Foundation Courses (Required):

  • Modern Languages: second year competency (up to 8 hours)
  • Study Abroad: one or two semesters recommended
  • OCST 301 Study Abroad Preparation and Review
  • ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
    or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GLBS 101 Introduction to Global Studies
  • GLBS 495 Global Issues Seminar*
  • HIST 107 The World in the 20th Century
  • POLS 271 World Politics

Complete one of Three Tracks:

  1. General Global Studies Track: Choose 16 elective credits from at least two of the Categories 1-6, including at least 2 courses at the 300 or 400 level.
  2. International Relations Track: Choose 16 elective credits from the Categories 1, 2, 3, and 4, including at least 2 courses at the 300 or 400 level.
  3. International Business Track: Choose 15 elective credits from Category 3, including at least 2 courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Categories of Electives:

1. History

  • HIST 111 Modern Western History
  • HIST 151 The Rise and Fall of Iberia, 1450-1950
  • HIST 300 Topics in History (upon approval by Director)
  • HIST 301 America in War during the 20th Century
  • HIST 302 The Vietnam War
  • HIST 316 Twentieth-Century Europe
  • HIST 321 The History of Fascism
  • HIST 322 Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Hitler
  • HIST/GLBS 323 The History of Stuff
  • HIST 325 Imperialism in Africa and Asia
  • HIST 326 The Modern Middle East and North Africa
  • HIST 327 Propaganda: Persuasion, Art and War
  • HIST/PHIL 328 Visions of Modernity: Art, Politics and Ideas
  • HIST 371 American Diplomacy, 1763-1898
  • HIST 372 America as a World Power, 1898-Present
  • HIST 383 The Nazi Holocaust
  • HIST 387 Modern France

2. Political Science

  • POLS 251 European Politics
  • POLS 253 Dictatorship and Democracy
  • POLS 273 Terrorism and International Security
  • POLS 282 Latin American Politics
  • POLS 200/300/400 Special Topics (upon approval)

3. Economics and Business

  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FIN 458 International Financial Management*
  • BUSI 457 International Business*
  • MKTG 489 International Marketing*
  • ECON/BUSI/ FIN 200/300/400 Special Topics (upon approval)

4. Cultural Anthropology/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • ANTH 303 Health and Culture*
  • ANTH 304 Language and Culture*
  • ANTH 312 Violence and Culture*
  • ANTH 470 Field Work*
  • ANTH 200/300/400 Special Topics in Anthropology
  • FREN 210 Global Perspective: Paris
  • FREN 313 French-Speaking Africa
  • FREN 316 Contemporary French Culture*
  • GRMN 316 German History and Culture*
  • SPAN 210 Pilgrims and Tourists Santiago
  • SPAN 212 Buenos Aires: Literature and the Arts
  • WGST200/300/400 Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (upon approval)

5. Art/Literature/Communications

  • ARTH 121 Wild Spirits and Divine Kings
  • ARTH 123 Art of China
  • ARTH 124 Native American Arts: Spirited Materials and Tech.
  • ARTH 300-400 Topics in Art History (upon approval)
  • ARTH 301 African Art I
  • ARTH 302 African Art II
  • ARTH 363 Ceramics and Cultural Identity: Global Traditions & Innovations
  • COMM 300/400 Topics in Communication
  • ENGL 251 World Literature I
  • ENGL 252 Contemporary World Literature
  • FREN 310 Reading French Texts*
  • FREN 312 French Literature II*
  • IART 300 Studio Topics in Interdisciplinary Art
  • IART 300 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Art
  • MUSC 211 World Music
  • SPAN 312 Peninsular Culture and Literature II: 19th - 20th Century
  • SPAN 316 Latin American Culture and Literature II
  • SPAN 400 Topics in Hispanic Literature
  • THEA 210 The Performing Arts: A Global Perspective

6. Philosophy and Religion

  • RLGS 105 Introduction to World Religions
  • RLGS 252 Judaism and Islam
  • RLGS 265 Asian Religions
*these courses have prerequisites; see course descriptions
In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Global Studies, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Requirements for Global Studies minor:

I. Foundation Courses (required)

  • Modern Languages: second year competency required
  • Study Abroad: at least one semester recommended
  • GLBS 101 Intro to Global Studies

II. Electives

After consultation with the Global Studies advisor/program director, choose 2 of these Global Studies core courses:

  • ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
  • HIST 107 The World in the 20th Century
  • POLS 271 World Politics
  • Eight additional credits at the 300 or 400 level from the Global Studies electives

Although there are a variety of concentrations within the subject of Global Studies, the general focus is on the world as a whole and how its inhabitants interact and affect that world. Global Studies fosters global awareness, proficiencies in modern languages and provides the opportunity for a variety of careers in areas like journalism, international relations, government services and many more.

Recent examples include:

  • African Studies
  • African-American Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Asian Studies
  • International Business
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language
  • International Relations & Affairs
  • Demography/Population Studies Language Interpretation & Translation

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