Global Studies Major

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary baccalaureate program grounded in a strong liberal arts curriculum. This program is based on three important principles:

  1. globalization affects us all, whether we remain local or look to other parts of the world;
  2. the connections between the local and global are not limited to one domain of life, but involve equally identities, economies, politics, environments, societies and cultures; and
  3. students gain from international, cross-cultural perspectives and experiences.

Students learn the historical causes and current process of globalization from an interdisciplinary foundation. They are given the tools to understand global relationships and learn about ways to introduce effective change in issues of global importance. The global studies major emphasizes a flexible structure, allowing students to share in the design of their major and to respond to emergent opportunities at the University and abroad. Experiential learning is stressed: students must study abroad for one semester and are encouraged to take internships and other service learning opportunities.

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain III-C (Global Competency, Ethical reasoning, and/or Human Diversity) requirement is satisfied through the completion of the Global Studies major.

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.


Requirements for Major in Global Studies (UGSG)

Three (3) core Global Studies courses:

  • GLST 101 Introduction to Global Studies
  • GLST 201 Research Methods: Case Studies in Globalization
  • GLST 401 Global Studies Seminar

 Note: The core courses must be taken at Framingham State University.


Three (3) of the following seven (7) interdisciplinary elective courses:

  • ANTH 207 Global Issues in Anthropology
  • ECON 200 Economics of Globalization
  • ENGL 203 Contemporary Global Literature
  • GEOG 222 Geographic Perspectives on Globalization
  • HIST 155 Comparative World History Since 1500
  • POSC 220 The Politics of Globalization
  • SOCI 357 Sociological Perspectives on Globalization


Required international experience component (4):

  • Students must take at least one (1) semester of study abroad. It is strongly recommended that the study abroad be taken during junior year. The study abroad program should align with the student’s concentration. Classes taken abroad can count as interdisciplinary electives or restricted electives with the program director’s approval. Under exceptional circumstances (to be determined by the Program Chair) a student may opt to conduct an intensive internship program abroad or within the US at an appropriate organization.


Language related requirement (2):

  • At least two (2) 200-level or above language classes. This requirement is waived if the student completes a minor in Chinese, French, or Spanish.


Restricted electives (4):

  • Students design their own area of focus upon acceptance into the major in consultation with the Program Chair who must approve all course selections. Students take four (4) courses from the following list of approved courses for the major. At least two (2) courses must be at the 300 level or above. The courses are grouped into suggested areas organized around themes or regions. Students are encouraged to combine thematic and regional areas.


Suggested Areas of Focus:

Students majoring in Global Studies may elect to follow an area of focus within the major. An area of focus is not the same as a concentration and will not be noted on a student's transcript or audit. A cohesive sequence of courses in a subfield of the discipline enables students to strengthen their knowledge for employment opportunities upon graduation and/or advanced post-graduate training. Students interested in pursuing an area of focus are encouraged to choose their major electives from the courses listed below:


Thematic focus

Global identities

  • ANTH 243 Native American Cultures
  • ANTH 253 Gender Across Cultures
  • ANTH 258 Critical Approaches to Men and Masculinities
  • ANTH 360 Language and Culture
  • ARTH 285 The Art of Asia
  • ENGL 277 Contemporary World Literature by Women
  • ENGL 361 Postcolonial Literature
  • GEOG 211 Cultural geography
  • HSTE 359 Slavery and Abolition
  • SOCI 245 Race and Ethnic Relations

Global development, environment and sustainability

  • ANTH 253 Gender Across Cultures
  • BIOL 103 Ecological Implications of Conservation
  • BIOL 200 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • BIOL 203 Plants and Society
  • ECON 333 Environmental Economics
  • GEOG 135 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • GEOG 165 Global Cities
  • GEOG 201 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 206 Political Geography
  • GEOG 212 Geographic Perspectives on the Global Environment
  • GEOG 225 Population, Food, and Global Development
  • GEOG 235 Environmental Law and Policy
  • GEOG 460 Global Development Theories and Policies
  • PHIL 234 Environmental Ethics

Globalization, justice and human rights

  • GEOG 180 Native Americans: A Geographical and Legal Perspective
  • GEOG 225 Population, Food, and Global Development
  • PHIL 102 Introduction to Ethics: Why Be Moral?
  • PHIL 222 Bioethics
  • POSC 120 Introduction to World Politics
  • POSC 211 Political Theory: Justice, Law, and Order
  • SOCI 225 Genocide and Violence: Sociological Perspectives
  • SOCI 230 Law and Society

International Political Economy

  • CONS 210 Consumer Economics
  • ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 220 Health Economics
  • ECON 230 Urban Economics
  • ECON 333 Environmental Economics
  • ECON 410 International Trade
  • GEOG 201 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 206 Political Geography
  • MRKT 318 International Marketing
  • NUTR 262 Food, Culture, and Society
  • POSC 120 Introduction to World Politics
  • POSC 260 Comparative Political Systems


Regional focus


  • GEOG 254 Geography of Monsoon Asia
  • HSTW 398 Modern China and Japan

Latin America/Hispanic Studies

  • ANTH 313 South American Archaeology
  • GEOG 257 Geography of Latin America
  • HSTW 337 Caribbean History
  • SPAN 334 Spanish American Culture and Civilization
  • POSC 365 Latin American Politics

Europe and Russia

  • GEOG 252 Geography of Europe
  • GEOG 253 Geography of Russia and the Former Soviet Republics
  • HSTE 349 The 1960s In Europe and American
  • HSTE 369 History of the Crusades*
  • HSTE 381 Remaking Europe: History, Politics, and Culture Since World War II
  • FREN 303 French Culture and Civilization
  • FREN 305 Contemporary Trends in the French-Speaking World
  • SPAN 333 Spanish Culture and Civilization

Africa and the Middle East

  • GEOG 255 Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • GEOG 256 Geography of the Middle East
  • HSTW 383 Making of the Modern Middle East
  • HSTW 392 Africa and the World


Additional approved courses:

  • Approved study tour from any participating department.
  • Approved independent study from any participating department.
  • Approved internship from any participating department.

Effective as of the 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog