Majors must complete 36 to 39 hours from three different thematic concentrations. Students choose three concentrations from the following five themes. There is a specific list of courses that fulfill the requirements of each concentration available under the "Concentrations" link on the side bar of this page.
Majors must take a minimum of four upper division courses in three of the five concentrations, for a total of 36 credit hours (twelve hours in each concentration). In the Economics, Development and Environment concentration only three upper division courses are required in addition to the required ECON 2022 Microeconomics. Please note that the Concentration "International Commerce" requires five courses rather than four (Students choosing this concentration will therefore complete one extra course for the degree).
Note: Each major must choose three concentrations from the five below
(For more info and a list of specific courses for each concentration click on the respective link)
Each concentration is organized around a theme in global studies. They are:
This concentration aims at deepening students' understanding of the cultural underpinnings of different societies. It aims at developing understanding of other societies' worldviews while refining their non-English language skills. Twelve credit hours. It requires upper division coursework in foreign languages.
Courses in this concentration stress comparative approaches, diplomacy and conflict resolution. Students will have an understanding of how different societies make decisions and manage international relations as well as how other cultures conceive of and practice power. Students learn the ins and outs of policy analysis and the tools of social science research. Twelve credit hours.
Students taking this concentration will develop an understanding of economic processes in an international context. The courses offer comparative approaches and cultural perspectives on development and global environmental issues. Students will gain an understanding of economic principles and the social science skills needed to understand the multiple policy choices facing world leaders and local actors. Twelve credit hours.
The objective of this concentration is to give students an introduction to international business practices. It offers students the opportunity to study the basic skills of international commerce in the Business school.
Note: this concentration requires fifteen, not twelve, credit hours.
Students in this concentration are expected to develop a historical understanding of how societies and political systems develop. This concentration provides a humanities-based approach to understanding the historical and cultural logic driving the world’s nations. Twelve credit hours.