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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 (20 credits)

Affiliated Coursework (12-16 credits)

Language Proficiency

International Experience

GSAH Coursework

GSAH 220: GLOBAL INTERACTIONS AND IDENTITIES focuses on specific regions and their global interactions across time; explores historical and contemporary transformations of cultures and identities; attends to global conditions, concepts, and dynamics of the past and the present.  Considers shifting centers of cultural, political, and economic interaction over time, as well as individual and socio-cultural effects of such interactions.

GSAH 230: VALUES, EXPERIENCE, AND DIFFERENCE IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS explores conflicting cultural systems, considers differing norms and values, analyzes culturally-specific ethics, values, judgments and responses as they are affected by interactions in global and local contexts.  Engages with the issues and concerns related to evaluation, effective response, and reasoned judgment in broad cultural contexts and from varied perspectives, equipping students to engage with value systems and representational practices outside those of their own experience.

GSAH 310: CONFLICT AND JUSTICE IN A GLOBAL SETTING addresses global justice and ethics in regional, national, and transnational contexts, through the study of environmental, political, social, religious, sexual, and gender conflicts.  Broadens students understanding of the limits and possibilities for global ethics and justice in historical and contemporary contexts.

GSAH 311: CROSSING BOUNDARIES/CHANGING WORLDS 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.  Explores how and why “migration is often a process of negotiation over cultures.”

GSAH 312: MEDIA MOBILITY: CHANGE, ACCESS, REPRESENTATION focuses on circulations and appropriations of media in the context of technological change, economic power and political conflict; dealing with a range of media including, for example, print, film, radio, television, digital culture.  Introduces students to ethical and social questions concerning media use and circulation, the effect of global economies on media production, access, and appreciation, and the related transformations of social relationships and cultural exchange in global contexts

GSAH 450: GLOBAL CONCEPTS AND THEORIES SEMINAR (W) explores grounding concepts and broad theoretical debates in global studies. Models and systems that theorize global relationships, formations, and interactions.

GSAH 499: SENIOR THESIS IN GLOBAL STUDIES IN THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES (W) is a directed research and writing project, arranged by an individual student and a faculty member. Part of the capstone experience.