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Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities provides a solid grounding in methods and issues necessary to understand global conditions, connections and interactions.


University Undergraduate Requirements

College of Arts and Letters Bachelor of Arts Requirements


The GSAH Major has 4 components:

GSAH Coursework - See Below (21 credits)

Affiliated Coursework (12-16 credits)

Language Proficiency

International Experience


GSAH Coursework

Complete all of the following:

GSAH 201, “Introduction to Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities”
Surveys the ways the arts and humanities interpret and represent global issues, themes, and interactions. Introduces key interdisciplinary terms and concepts for understanding global themes and contexts. No prerequisite.

GSAH 301, “Approaches to Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities”
Explores broad theoretical debates in global studies. Offers a grounding in interdisciplinary frameworks of the humanities and the arts to understand and analyze global themes, contexts, and connections. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201.

GSAH 450 (W), “Senior Seminar in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities”
Selected topics in global studies in the arts and humanities through guided interdisciplinary capstone research projects. Prerequisite:  GSAH 301 and at least six additional credits of GSAH courses at the 300-level.

Complete 12 additional GSAH credits at the 300-level from the following: 

GSAH 310, “Questions of Justice in Global Contexts
Addresses issues of global justice, international law, and global ethics in different contexts through the study of how the arts and humanities have engaged with questions such as distributive justice, environmental justice, transitional justice, restorative justice, and/or human rights. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201 

GSAH 311, “Global Perspectives on Borders and Migration”
Studies the causes and motives, identities and relationships, transformations and traditions of people moving across geographic boundaries (local, regional, and national), and their effect on local and global conditions, focusing on creative, philosophical, and historical explorations. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201

GSAH 312, “Global Digital Cultures”
Studies the transformative effects of digital media and communication on cultural exchange and creativity in global contexts. Introduces students to ethical and social questions concerning the use and circulation of digital media and communications in various regional, national, and transnational contexts. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201 

GSAH 313, “Violence and Power in Global Contexts
Explores issues and questions of violence in various regional, national, and transnational contexts through how the arts and humanities have addressed manifestations of human conflict. Broadens students’ understanding of relationships between violence, power, and resistance throughout history and in the present. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201

GSAH 314, “Race, Gender, and Global Identities”
Addresses issues of diversity through an exploration of the complexity of identity and difference using global studies frameworks. Evaluates diversity in terms of race, gender, nationality, and inequality. Contributes to interdisciplinary understandings of intersecting identities and cultures in contemporary global settings using the arts and humanities. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201 

GSAH 315, “Global Perspectives on Arts and Performance”
Engages the visual and performing arts. Showcases the creative arts and performance as critical components of global studies. Emphasizes the various traditional and contemporary modes of global artistic activity in various regional, national, and transnational contexts. Promotes knowledge of diverse practices as they are manifested through the creative arts and their intersection with global studies. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201

GSAH 391, “Special Topics in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities”
Special topics supplementing regular course offerings. Prerequisite:  GSAH 201

Affiliated Coursework

Students take 12-16 affiliated course credits selected in consultation with the GSAH Advisor and Director to develop a personalized concentration of coursework. Visit the Affiliated Courses Page for more information.

Language Proficiency

Students can demonstrate language proficiency for the GSAH major in one of three ways:

  • Successfully completing a major or minor in a language with a 3.0 GPA, or
  • Testing at "intermediate" oral proficiency in a language, or
  • Successfully completing AFR 450, FRN 321, GRM 302, ITL 320, PRT 320, SPN 342, or course 301 (or its equivalent) in other languages.

International Experience

Students fulfil the GSAH major’s international experience requirement by participation in a study abroad program, an approved study away program, or completion of an approved internship with a global dimension.