Global Studies


Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Kenneth Courtney


Our mission is to provide rigorous liberal arts offerings organized in a way that demonstrates the pedagogical usefulness and theoretical power of bringing various relevant disciplines to bear upon our study of the world. Our goal is to allow students to engage with and comprehend broad global concerns and to foster specific regional expertise including proficiency in relevant languages. We aim to prepare students to change the world by understanding it more deeply and prepare them for the job market by acquiring knowledge and skills demanded of 21st-century graduates.

Major Description

Global Studies (GS) exposes students to global issues, problems, cultures, and relations through an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum based in the liberal arts.

GS students use the lenses of the humanities, social sciences, business, international experiences, and internships to understand the world they live in. They will divide their time between UNE’s campuses in Maine and Morocco, with additional opportunities to spend semesters in Spain and/or France.

The major prepares students to assume leadership roles in the fields of government, business, tourism, law, non-profits, consulting and a variety of other professions.

Curricular Requirements

At least two (2) full semesters abroad or one (1) semester abroad plus twelve (12) credits of UNE travel courses are required for this major.

CAS Core Curriculum Credits
Total 42–48
Global Studies Core 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
Four (4) Interdisciplinary Core courses with at least one (1) course at the 300-level or above 12
Regional Concentration (Choose One Option) Credits
One (1) regional concentration (below) with 18 credits of coursework with at least 6 credits at the 300-level or above 18
Two (2) regional concentrations (below) selecting 9 credits in each with at least 3 credits at the 300-level or above for each concentration 18
Foreign Language Courses Credits
Three (3) Foreign Language courses with at least two (2) of the courses in the same foreign language and at least one (1) course above the introductory level taken during study abroad for a total of 9 credits. 9
Total 48
Open Elective Courses (as needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Required Total Credits 120

Interdisciplinary Core

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

*These courses can count towards the core curriculum.

Regional Concentration

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
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.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Describe, explain and analyze global issues and problems from multiple and critical disciplinary perspectives
  • Demonstrate a level of historical/cultural/economic/political knowledge necessary to engage constructively in intellectual discourse on global issues
  • Assume and draw on the perspective of individuals and cultures other than their own
  • Connect curricular and extracurricular lessons gained during study abroad to those in the global studies major and the UNE core curriculum
  • Describe and articulate the distinctive features of at least one global region's culture, history, and modem features/issues/challenges
  • Communicate at an intermediate level in oral and written forms in at least one modern language other than English
  • Conduct interdisciplinary research in international settings and on global questions
  • Develop solutions to complex global problems that are informed by knowledge, analytical reasoning, and experience
  • Identify and describe career opportunities in global studies and the skill sets required in each


A student with a major in another department may minor in Global Studies with the permission of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences academic director. Twenty-one hours of course work is required for the Minor in Global Studies as specified below.


Minor Required Courses Credits
GLS 100 – Intro to Global Studies 3
Interdisciplinary Core Credits
Minimum of two (2) global courses (each from a different disciplinary area with at least 3 credits at the 300 level or above) 6
Interdisciplinary Regional Concentration Credits
Six (6) credits of 300+ level coursework in any single Regional Concentration 6
Language Credits
Two (2) courses from a single language (other than English) 6
Total 21

Transfer Credit

See Undergraduate Admissions for more information.


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Financial Information


Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

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This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.