B.A. in Global Studies

Are you looking for a major that takes you places you never thought possible? Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws from at least ten disciplines. Rooted in humanities and social sciences, you learn multiple ways of approaching global problems, issues, cultures, and relations. You graduate exposed to various ways to study the world and depth in two regional concentrations.

Program Overview

Get ready to give your passport a workout. Whether you’ve been bitten by the travel bug or are just curious about expanding your cultural horizons, UNE’s Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies will give you experiences you’ll never forget. And with nearly three out of four U.S. employers seeking new employees who are knowledgeable in international cultures, your degree will give you the global fluency and multidimensional perspective needed to succeed in the workforce. So explore a fjord in Iceland, gaze upon the Mona Lisa in Paris, cross the Moroccan desert on camel-back, or engage in the seemingly endless nightlife in Seville. Your adventures await you.

Why UNE for Global Studies

Uniquely equipped for Global Studies, UNE has its own international campus in Tangier, Morocco, situated at a crossroads of civilizations that blends the languages, religions, and cultures of the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. It’s no wonder that UNE students travel abroad at five times the national average.

  • Select two semester-long programs (Morocco, Spain, France, and Iceland) or one semester and 12 travel course credits
  • No additional cost for study abroad
  • Choose two regional concentrations
  • Internships available in Morocco and Spain
  • Senior capstone thesis
  • Lab sciences offered in Morocco and Spain
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UNE offers such a unique environment. Everyone is so dedicated. The labs are hands-on even in your first few years.

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Academics

The Global Studies major offers three different regional concentrations. You will select two on which to focus your studies.

  • Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Africa and the Middle East

Examples of Available Courses

There are many ways you can navigate this major. The following are some examples of the exciting courses that you can take:

  • International Political Economy
  • Society, Population, and the Environment: A Global Perspective
  • Tangier — Crossroads of Civilization
  • Rebellion and Revolution in 20th Century Latin America
  • Caribbean Sustainable Development
  • Middle East and North Africa Through Film

Curriculum

At least two full semesters abroad or one semester abroad plus twelve credits of UNE travel courses are required for this major.

CAS Core Curriculum Credits
Total 42–48
Required Courses Credits
GLS 100 - Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLS 490 - Center Global Humanities Seminar 3
GLS 410 - Global Studies Capstone Seminar or PSC 491 - Integrative Essay 3
Total 48
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Interdisciplinary Core

Take at least four global courses, each from a different disciplinary area (below), with at least 3 credits at the 300-level or above for a total of 12 credits

Interdisciplinary Core Courses Credits
Total 12
Literature Credits
ENG 329 - Topics in World Literature* 3
ENG 405 – Topics in Postcolonial Literature* 3
Political Science Credits
PSC 201 - Introduction to International Relations* 3
Economics Credits
PSC 322 – International Political Economy* 3
Anthropology Credits
ANT 102 – Cultural Anthropology* 3
History Credits
HIS 278 – Origins of the Contemporary World* 3
Development and Environment Credits
ENV 200 – Society, Population and the Environment: A Global Perspective* 3

*These courses can count towards the core curriculum.

Regional Concentration

Choose either one regional concentration with 18 credits of coursework (below) and at least 6 credits at the 300-level or above OR choose two regional concentrations with 9 credits each and at least 3 credits at the 300-level or above for each concentration

Regional Concentration Courses Credits
Total 18
Europe/The Mediterranean Credits
ARH 322 – History of Spanish Art 3
ENG 345 – Moroccan Theater and Social Change 3
HIS 230 – From Togas to Black Rats 3
HIS 231 – Reformations, Revolutions 3
HIS 329 – Tangier – Crossroads of Civilization 3
HIS 344 – Postwar – Europe after WWII 3
SOC 212 – Society and Culture in Morocco 3

Foreign Language Courses

At least two of the courses must be in the same foreign language. At least one course above the introductory level must be taken during study abroad for a total of 9 credits.

Foreign Language Courses Credits
Total 9
Latin America/Caribbean Courses Credits
ANT 230 – Anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean 3
HIS 240 – Latin Amer His I: Colonial Lat 3
HIS 241 – Latin Amer His II: Modern Latin 3
HIS 316 – Rebellion and Revolution in 20th Century Latin America 3
HIS 331 – Revolution and Social Protest in Mexico 3
SOC 230 – Society in Latin America 3
SOC 331 – Latin America Society and Culture through Cinema 3
ENV 376 – Caribbean Sustainable Development 3
Africa/Middle East Courses Credits
ANT 231 – Culture and Society in the Middle East 3
ENG 345 – Moroccan Theater and Social Change 3
ENV 348/348L – Environment, Health, and Community Development in East Africa 3
SOC 212 – Society and Culture in Morocco 3
PSC 110 – Politics – Culture/Inven/Trade 3
PSC 304 – Middle East and North Africa through Film 3
PSC 307 – R & P: Political Islam and Islamic 3
PSC 408 – The Arab – Israeli Conflict 3
HIS 370 – Slave/Citizens: Africans in the New World 3

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.

To learn more about the program visit the Academic Catalog.

For more information, contact Kenneth Courtney, Ph.D., Global Studies coordinator at kcourtney1@une.edu or (207) 602-2156

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Careers

In an increasingly globalized world, cross-cultural fluency has never been more valuable. We give you the tools and knowledge to relate to global issues and diverse populations. By honing foreign language skills and acquiring greater intercultural competence through your travels and internships, you will be prepared to assume leadership roles in a variety of fields. Potential professions include:

  • Policy Expert
  • Elected Official
  • International Attorney
  • Teacher
  • U.S. Foreign Service Agent
  • Consultant
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • International Businessperson
  • Global Health Care Provider

Employers seek employees with skills and experience in communication, critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving and ability to adapt to new environments and challenges. As a Global Studies major, you will be well prepared to apply your knowledge to these skill sets desired. You will be able to speak on the value of your extensive study-abroad and foreign language experience and be a strong applicant for business, non-profit, teaching, and government environments.

How Does Global Studies Relate to Other Majors, Minors?

Have you already declared a major and/or minor and wondering how adding a focus in Global Studies will correlate to the career path of your current major? Here are a few examples:

Program + Global Studies Potential Careers
History + Global Studies International History Professor, Archivist, Foreign Services, Reporter, Civil Service, Cultural Officer
Pre-Med Biology + Global Studies Medical Career Abroad (i.e., Doctors Without Borders, PeaceCorp, International Medical Corps)
Business + Global Studies International Trade, International Hotel Administrator, International Account Manager
Marine Sciences + Global Studies Global careers through companies such as Earthwatch, Nature Conservancy, Oceana

Any of the possible career choices can also be done in the U.S.

 

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Global Education

See The World

Global experiences are the cornerstone of the Global Studies major.

You are required to spend two full semesters abroad or spend one full semester and acquire a minimum of 12 travel course credits. Choose from our programs in Morocco, Spain, France, and Iceland. You may even complete an internship abroad. Our shorter, faculty-led travel courses include exciting trips to Cuba, Mexico, Iceland, Italy, and Kenya.

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Experiential Learning

Hands-On Activities

This multidisciplinary program exposes you to global issues, problems, cultures, and relations through the lenses of the humanities, social sciences, business, and more. But there is no better view than the one through your own eyes. When it comes to cultural competencies, we believe in learning by doing.

  • Engage in multiple travel-abroad experiences
  • Participate in global internships for culturally immersive on-the-job experiences
  • Conduct original research in an area of interest for your senior capstone thesis

Internships

As a Global Studies major, you are highly encouraged to complete a globally-oriented internship. Our College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office will work with you to find the right opportunity to suit your interests. You may consider an internship in a number of fields, including:

  • Diplomacy
  • Law
  • Trade
  • Social and Environmental Nonprofits