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):

GLBS 101 Introduction to Global Studies (4 credits)
GLBS 495 Global Issues Seminar (4 credits)
Modern Languages: second year competency (up to 8 credit hours)

3 out of 4 of the following:
ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology (4 credits)
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
HIST 107 The World in the 20th Century (4 credits)
POLS 271 World Politics (4 credits)

Study Abroad (Recommended)

One or two semesters (consult with your advisor)
OCST 301 Study Abroad Preparation & Review (2 credits)

Electives (4 credits unless otherwise noted)

Choose 16 elective credits from at least two of the Categories 1-6 including at least 2 courses at the 300 or 400 level.
Note: If a Topics course in any discipline has a GP designation, it will likely qualify as a Global Studies elective (be sure to consult with your advisor).

Categories of Electives:

1. History

HIST 111 Modern Western History
HIST 120 The Ancient Mediterranean
HIST 223 Survey of German History
HIST 300 Topics in History (upon approval by Director) (1-4 credits)
HIST 301 America in War during the 20th Century
HIST 302 The Vietnam War
HIST 309 Israelis, Arabs & American Foreign Policy
HIST 310 The Ancient Greeks
HIST 311 The Roman World
HIST 316 Twentieth-Century Europe
HIST 322 Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, Hitler (2 credits)
HIST 371 American Diplomacy, 1763-1898 (2 credits)
HIST 372 America as a World Power, 1898-Present
HIST 383 The Nazi Holocaust (2 credits)

2. Political Science

POLS 253 Dictatorship and Democracy
POLS 351 European Politics
POLS 373 Terrorism & International Security
POLS 382 Latin American Politics
POLS 200/300/400 Special Topics (upon approval) (1-4 credits)

3. Economics and Business

BUSI 305 German Auto Industry
BUSI 457 International Business* (3 credits)
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ECON 412 International Economics (3 credits)
FIN 458 International Financial Management* (3 credits)
MKTG 489 International Marketing* (3 credits)
ECON/BUSI/ FIN 200/300/400 Special Topics (upon approval) (1-4 credits)

4. Cultural Anthropology/Interdisciplinary Studies

ANTH 303 Health and Culture*
ANTH 304 Language and Culture*
ANTH 312 Violence and Culture*
ANTH 470 Field Work* (2-4 credits)
ANTH 495 Global Issues Seminar
ANTH 200/300/400 Special Topics in Anthropology (1-4 credits)
ENGR 208 Energy in the World (2 credits)
FREN 210 Global Perspective: Paris (2 credits)
FREN 313 French-Speaking Africa
FREN 316 Contemporary French Culture*
GRMN 316 German History and Culture*
WGST 200/300/400 Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies (upon approval) (1-4 credits)

5. Art/Literature/Communications

ARTH 126 Buddhist Arts of Asia (2 credits)
ARTH 127 Arts of Ancient India (2 credits)
ARTH 300-400 Topics in Art History (upon approval) (2-4 credits)
ARTH 304 Global Arts: Contemporary Asia
ARTH 305 South Asian Arts
ARTH 306 Arts of Japan
ARTH 307 East Asian Design & Material Culture
ARTH 354 Recent Sculptural Practices
ARTH/WGST 382 Gender & Art History
ARTH 466 Histories of Photography in the Non-Western World
COMM 300/400 Topics in Communication (1-4 credits)
COMM 221 Pop Culture Goes Global
COMM 315 Understanding Global Media
COMM 325 Global Communications
ENGL 226 The Holocaust & Literature
ENGL/WGST 481 International Women Writers
FREN 312 French Literature II*
MUSC 211 World Music
SPAN 210 Pilgrims & Tourists Santiago
SPAN 212 Buenos Aires: Literature & The Arts (2 credits)
SPAN 217 Equatorial Guinean Writers
SPAN 218 Basque Literature in Spain
SPAN 220 Literatura infantil y juvenile
SPAN/WGST 215 Framing Gender: Latin American Film
SPAN/WGST 216 Cuba Close Up: Film since Revolution
SPAN 311 Peninsular CUlture & Literature I*
SPAN 312 Peninsular Culture & Literature II*
SPAN 315 Latin American Culture & Literature I*
SPAN 316 Latin American Culture & Literature II*
SPAN 400 Topics in Hispanic Literature*

6. Philosophy and Religion

RLGS 105 Introduction to World 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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