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GSAH will have a new set of core courses starting in the Spring 2019 term.

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 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

 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.


GSAH 200, “Questions, Issues, and Debated in Global Studies” (1-3 credits)
Explores issues and debates in Global Studies addressed through creative, critical, and analytical approaches to understanding values, practices, interactions, and identities throughout history and in the present. No prerequisite.

GSAH 490, “Independent Study” (1-4 credits)
Allows for special projects arranged by an individual student and a faculty member in areas supplementing regular course offerings. No prerequisite. 

 The following courses from the old curriculum may continue to be offered through 2019. 

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 499, “Senior Thesis in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities (W)” (2 credits)
A directed research and writing project, arranged by an individual student and a faculty member. Part of the capstone experience.