Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are GBST 2096 and GBST 4096.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement

      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are listed on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • Global Studies majors are required to complete the fourth level of a foreign language, which exceeds the CLA minimum requirement. No additional coursework is required. The fourth level of language is numbered 2001 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and in all other foreign language subjects, it is numbered 2002.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (33-55 credits - varies according to foreign language placement and regional enrichment options):

Foundation courses
GBST 2096Introduction to Global Studies3
POLS 1301International Politics3
ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles3
HIST 2819Global Connections3
Concentration Requirements
Select a concentration and choose 6 courses from its list (below):18
Global Security Concentration
Global Economy Concentration
Global Cultures Concentration
Senior Capstone Seminar
GBST 4096Capstone Seminar in Global Studies3
Regional Enrichment
Select one of the following:0-6
Study abroad at a TU-approved program
Two area studies courses from one region as outlined below:
Africa and the Middle East
AAAS 2201
African Civilization
ARBC 2012
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
ARBC 2021
Contemporary Arab Society in Film (in Translation)
GUS 2073
African Development
HEBR 3711
Israelis and Palestinians
HIST 1501
Third World History
HIST 2511
Introduction to African History
HIST 2513
Cold War Africa
HIST 2516
Modern Islamic History
HIST 2702
Imperialism, Race, and Empire
HIST 2703
African Diaspora
HIST 3511
Southern Africa: A History
HIST 3531
Modern India
HIST 3571
Israel: History, Politics and Society
HIST 3572
Modern Middle East
HIST 3751
Colonialism and Decolonization
POLS 3241
Mideast Politics
SOC 3231
Jerusalem: The Politics of Space
Asia
ANTH 2367
Peoples of South Asia
ASST 1052
Modern Asia
ASST 2001
Practical Asian Society and Culture
ASST 2367
South Asia: Peoples, Culture, Experiences
CHI 2013
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation
CHI 2022
Contemporary Chinese Urban Film and Fiction in Translation
GUS 2074
East and South Asia
GUS 3052
Environmental Problems in Asia
HIST 1501
Third World History
HIST 2217
Vietnam War
HIST 2501
Introduction to East Asia: China
HIST 2502
Introduction to East Asia: Japan
HIST 2503
Introduction to Southeast Asia: Insular
HIST 2504
Introduction to Southeast Asia: Mainland
HIST 2516
Modern Islamic History
HIST 2702
Imperialism, Race, and Empire
HIST 3521
The Chinese Revolution
HIST 3522
Contemporary China
HIST 3531
Modern India
HIST 3551
History of Vietnam
HIST 3556
Vietnam, 1945-1992: Resistance, War and Society
JPNS 2012
Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature in Translation
JPNS 2021
Japanese Literature in Film
POLS 2351
Japan and the Changing World Order
POLS 3251
China: State and Society
POLS 3252
East Asia and the United States
REL 2101
Indian Philosophies and Religions
Europe
GER 3221
German Culture through Film
HIST 2102
History of Nazi Germany
HIST 2303
History of Central Europe, 1618-1871
HIST 2304
20th Century Europe: A Continent in Crisis
HIST 2306
Rise of the European Dictators
HIST 2307
Europe Divided and United, 1939-1995
HIST 2705
Anti-Semitism/Holocaust/Racism
HIST 3331
History of England
ITAL 2221
Italian Culture through Film
POLS 2211
Contemporary Politics of Europe
POLS 3212
British Government and Politics
POLS 3331
Politics of the European Union
Latin America/Caribbean
ANTH 2361
Peoples of Latin America
HIST 1022
Latin American Social Struggles
HIST 2514
Introduction to Latin America
HIST 2515
Civilization and Modernity in the Caribbean
HIST 3561
History of Brazil
HIST 3562
Contemporary Mexico
LAS 1001
Perspectives on Latin America
LAS 2361
Peoples of Latin America
SOC 2163
Area Studies: Latin American Development
POLS 2231
Comparative Political Systems in Latin America
Foreign Language
Fourth-semester proficiency in one foreign language0-16 credits
Total Credit Hours33-55

Global Security Concentration (6 courses)

The quest for security, and the seemingly endless recurrence of interstate war are fundamental features of an anarchical world of sovereign states. Historically, this led students of security to focus on state power, military strategy, geopolitics, diplomacy and conflict in the international arena. In the 21st century, interstate wars have been joined by both increasingly destructive civil wars within countries, and by international and global terrorism perpetrated by non-state actors. In this concentration, students will draw on disciplines as diverse as history, political science, anthropology, geography and criminal justice to understand the causes of war, the security strategies of states, and the rise of new and challenging security threats in the 21st century.

Gateway 1
Select one of the following:3
POLS 2311
Post-Cold War Security
POLS 2341
U.S. Foreign Policy
Gateway 2
Select one of the following:3
HIST 2304
20th Century Europe: A Continent in Crisis
HIST 3229
Superpower America
Electives
Select four additional courses from the following options:12
ANTH 3337
Violence, War, and Revolution
ANTH 3366
Violence: An Anthropological Approach
CJ 3403
Organized Crime
CJ 3405
Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Global Security
GUS 3055
Geography of Hazards
GUS 3071
Medical Geography
HIST 2217
Vietnam War
HIST 2304
20th Century Europe: A Continent in Crisis
HIST 2307
Europe Divided and United, 1939-1995
HIST 2317
Central Europe Through Wars and Revolution, 1848-1989
HIST 2513
Cold War Africa
HIST 2702
Imperialism, Race, and Empire
HIST 2804
Peace, Conflict, and Social Change
HIST 2811
World War I
HIST 2812
World War II
HIST 2817
Gender, War, and Society
HIST 3228
America's Rise to Globalism
HIST 3229
Superpower America
HIST 3433
Blood and Iron: 19th Century European Diplomacy
HIST 3572
Modern Middle East
POLS 2301
Theories of War and Peace
POLS 2311
Post-Cold War Security
POLS 2321
Politics of the Global Economy
POLS 2331
International Organization
POLS 2341
U.S. Foreign Policy
POLS 3332
Globalization: Politics and Political Economy 1
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These courses require prerequisites beyond those covered in the Global Studies Foundation courses; students wishing to take these courses should plan accordingly.

Global Economy Concentration (6 courses)

Economic globalization is one of the defining features of the contemporary world. This concentration introduces students to fundamental features of the global economy from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including in the areas of trade, finance, and development. It studies the origins and consequences of globalization for development and growth, income and poverty, literacy and health, as well as political, demographic, environmental, and cultural changes. Students examine the evolution of cooperation among states in managing the global economy, and the role of history, politics, and technology in shaping international, national, and local relations.

Gateway 1
ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles 13
Gateway 2
Select one of the following:3
ECON 3547
Economics of Development and Growth 2
ECON 3563
International Trade 2
ECON 3564
International Monetary Economics 2
Gateway 3
Select one of the following:3
GUS 2032
Urban Systems in a Global Economy
POLS 2321
Politics of the Global Economy
Electives
Select 3 additional courses from the following options:9
ANTH 3327
Globalization and Localization
ECON 3547
Economics of Development and Growth 2
ECON 3563
International Trade 2
ECON 3564
International Monetary Economics 2
GUS 2031
Economic Geography
GUS 2032
Urban Systems in a Global Economy
GUS 2073
African Development
GUS 3021
International Urbanization
GUS 3073
Geography of Travel and Tourism
GUS 3097
Environment & Development 2
HIST 3811
World Economy Since 1945
POLS 2201
Comparative Politics: Developing Nations
POLS 2321
Politics of the Global Economy
POLS 3296
Politics of Modern Capitalism
POLS 3332
Globalization: Politics and Political Economy 2
SOC 3219
Globalization: Causes, Promises and Discontents
SOC 3221
Global Development
SOC 3521
Global Health
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ECON 1102 is, together with ECON 1101 (a Foundation course for all Global Studies majors), the basic requirement for all upper-division Economics courses. Both courses should therefore be taken as soon as possible in the course sequence for all students in the Global Economy concentration.

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These courses require prerequisites beyond those covered in the Global Studies Foundation courses; students wishing to take these courses should plan accordingly.

Global Cultures Concentration (6 courses)

The Global Cultures concentration studies cultural formation, cultural change, and cultural interaction among peoples across the world. "Culture" is defined as learned systems of values, beliefs, and practices that bind a group of people together and give common meaning to their lived experiences. These groups can be local, regional, national or international; they are shaped by various structures of power and are continuously migrating. Students in the Global Cultures concentration will examine the interaction of global and local cultures and study aspects of cultural circulation, transaction, and mobility through courses in Literature, Film, Religion, History, Anthropology, and Sociology.

Gateway courses
Select two of the following:6
ANTH 2396
Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology
ENG 2601
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures
HIST 2702
Imperialism, Race, and Empire
REL 1001
Religion and Society
SOC 3219
Globalization: Causes, Promises and Discontents
Electives
Select four of the following:12
AAAS 2201
African Civilization
AAAS 3215
Languages and Cultures of West Africa 1
ANTH 2396
Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3327
Globalization and Localization
ANTH 3331
Anthropology and Culture Change
ANTH 3333
The Anthropology of Tourism
ARBC 2012
Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
ARBC 2021
Contemporary Arab Society in Film (in Translation)
ASST 1052
Modern Asia
ASST 2001
Practical Asian Society and Culture
ASST 2107
Asian American Experiences
ASST 2367
South Asia: Peoples, Culture, Experiences
ENG 2512
The Modern Novel
ENG 2601
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures
ENG 2712
International Film
ENG 3513
Modern World Fiction 1
ENG 3522
Contemporary World Fiction in English 1
ENG 3610
Topics in Postcolonial Literature 1
ENG 3611
Postcolonial Theory
GUS 3001
Images of the City in Popular Culture
GUS 3307
Transportation & Culture
HIST 2513
Cold War Africa
HIST 2515
Civilization and Modernity in the Caribbean
HIST 2516
Modern Islamic History
HIST 2611
Third World Issues through Film
HIST 2702
Imperialism, Race, and Empire
HIST 2703
African Diaspora
HIST 2705
Anti-Semitism/Holocaust/Racism
HIST 2816
Gender, Class, Nation
HIST 2817
Gender, War, and Society
HIST 2818
American Icons
HIST 3431
Women's Lives in Modern Europe
HIST 3564
Caliban's World: Cultural Politics in the 20th Century Americas
HIST 3572
Modern Middle East
HIST 3711
The City in History
LAS 1001
Perspectives on Latin America
LAS 2101
Latin America through Film and Fiction
LAS 3602
Caribbean Literature and Culture
REL 1001
Religion and Society
REL 2001
Women in Religion and Society
REL 2101
Indian Philosophies and Religions
REL 2102
Introduction to Buddhism
REL 2596
What Is Christianity?
REL 2606
Introduction to Islam
REL 2702
Religion in Contemporary Africa
REL 3011
Monks, Masters, and Magicians: Religion in Premodern Chinese Literature
REL 3101
Yoga & Tantric Mysticism
REL 3701
Traditional Religions of Africa
REL 3702
African Religions and New World Culture
PHIL 4278
Philosophy of Culture
SOC 3209
Immigrant America: Belonging and Integration
SOC 3221
Global Development
SOC 3245
Comparative Family Studies
SOC 3267
Sociology of Music: Nation, Race, Class and Gender in Argentina and Brazil
SOC 3546
Sexuality and Gender
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These courses require prerequisites beyond those covered in the Global Studies Foundation courses; students wishing to take these courses should plan accordingly.