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The Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Minor provides a concentrated program of study of issues necessary to understand global conditions, connections, and interactions.

Note:Requirements for the GSAH Minor have been revised and will be effective in Fall 2021 pending approval of the University Committee on the Curriculum.

The new requirements are the following:

GSAH Coursework (9-12 credits)

Affiliated Coursework (3-6 credits; eligible courses in a major can count as affiliated coursework.)

The current GSAH minor has two components

  • GSAH Coursework (12 credits)
  • Affiliated Coursework (3 credits)

GSAH MINOR (15 credits as listed below)

Complete 9-12 credits from the following list of GSAH courses (prerequisites are waived for students enrolled in the minor):

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.

Complete 9 additional GSAH credits from the following. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 3-6 credits in affiliated courses selected in consultation with the GSAH Director or GSAH Advisor to develop a personalized concentration of coursework. For more details, please contact the program director.