Global Studies Major, B.A.

Curriculum in Global Studies

http://globalstudies.unc.edu

FedEx Global Education Center, Suite 2200, CB# 3263

Milada Vachudova, Chair

vachudov@email.unc.edu

Jonathan Weiler, Director of Undergraduate Studies

jweiler@email.unc.edu

Erica Johnson, Director of Graduate Studies

ericaj@email.unc.edu

Michal Osterweil, Internship Coordinator

osterwei@email.unc.edu

Zach Ward, Student Services Specialist

wzw59@email.unc.edu

Diana Devereaux, Department Manager

dmchase@email.unc.edu

Globalization of the economy, cross-cultural relations, international media, ecological crises, and political transformations are all making international studies more important today. The Curriculum in Global Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on these and many other issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the global studies program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate facility with a range of approaches to knowledge typically found in global studies
  • Discuss current academic perspectives on central global and trans-cultural issues
  • Discuss major themes and movements in area studies and link them to a broader global perspective
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments to support their analysis of global and trans-cultural issues from a diversity of perspectives (e.g. international politics, global economics, transnational culture, global health and environment)

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
GLBL 210Global Issues and Globalization3
Two core courses, each from a different department:6
Local Cultures, Global Forces H
Anthropological Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
World Art H
Introduction to Islamic Civilization
Modern Muslim Societies
First-Year Seminar: Food Politics from an Organizational Communication Perspective
Perspectives in World Drama H
Survey of International and Development Economics H
Introduction to Environment and Society H
World Literatures in English
Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity H
Geographies of Globalization
Cultural Geography
Geographical Issues in the Developing World H
Environmental Conservation and Global Change
Agriculture, Food, and Society
World Regional Geography
The World since 1945
Language and Nationalism
Global Communication and Comparative Journalism
Introduction to World Musics
The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense
Global Policy Issues H
Introduction to Comparative Politics H
International Relations and World Politics H
Human Societies
Population Problems
Sociology of Politics
Sex and Gender in Society
Gender and Global Change
Four courses from one of the following thematic areas 112
Three courses from one of the following world areas 19
Additional Requirements
Credit for six levels of modern language study. 29-10
Total Hours39-40
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

Of the seven courses in the thematic and world area concentrations, five must be numbered 200 and above.

2

Students may choose six levels of one language or four levels of one language and two of another. The primary language must be relevant to the declared world area concentration. The curriculum urges students to continue the study of a foreign language to a level as close as possible to fluency. The first three levels of a foreign language can count toward the General Education Foundations requirement and have not been included as additional hours for the major.

Thematic areas include International Politics, Nation-States, Social Movements; Global Economics, Trade, Development; Global Health and Environment; and Transnational Cultures, Identities, Arts.

World areas include Africa; Asia; Latin America; Middle East; Western Europe and the European Union; and Russia and Eastern Europe.

Thematic Areas

International Politics, Nation-States, Social Movements

AAAD 101Introduction to Africa3
AAAD 30721st-Century Scramble for Africa3
AAAD 315Political Protest and Conflict in Africa3
AAAD 316Policy Problems in Africa3
AAAD 403Human Rights: Theories and Practices in Africa3
AMST 277Globalization and National Identity H3
ANTH 130Anthropology of the Caribbean3
ANTH 280Anthropology of War and Peace3
ANTH 319Global Health3
ANTH 360Latin American Economy and Society3
ANTH 375Memory, Massacres, and Monuments in Southeast Asia3
ANTH 468State Formation3
ARTH/HIST 514Monuments and Memory3
ASIA 243Asian Societies/Study Abroad Program3
ASIA/HIST/PWAD 281The Pacific War, 1937-1945: Its Causes and Legacy3
ASIA 300/RELI 283The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet3
COMM 376The Rhetoric of War and Peace3
COMM 390Special Topics in Communication Study3
ENEC/PLCY 372Global Environment: Policy Analysis and Solutions3
ENEC/PLCY 520Environment and Development3
ENEC/POLI 254International Environmental Politics3
ENGL 365Migration and Globalization H3
GEOG 423Social Geography3
GEOG 435Environmental Politics3
GEOG 447Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East3
GEOG 452Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration3
GEOG 453Political Geography3
GEOG 460Geographies of Economic Change3
GEOG 464Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe3
GLBL 383Global Whiteness3
GLBL 450Social Change in Times of Crisis: Knowledge, Action, and Ontology3
GSLL/LING 306Language and Nationalism3
HIST 276The Modern Middle East3
HIST 570The Vietnam War3
HIST 577United States Foreign Relations in the 20th Century3
HNRS 3521-4
LING 543Language in Politics3
MEJO 446Global Communication and Comparative Journalism3
MUSC 291Music and Politics3
POLI 130Introduction to Comparative Politics H3
POLI 131Political Change and Modernization3
POLI 231Latin America and the United States in World Politics3
POLI 235The Politics of Russia and Eurasia H3
POLI 236Politics of East-Central Europe H3
POLI 238Contemporary Latin American Politics H3
POLI 239Introduction to European Government H3
POLI 252International Organizations and Global Issues H3
POLI 253Problems in World Order3
POLI 260Crisis and Change in Russia and Eastern Europe3
POLI 431African Politics and Societies3
POLI 433Politics of the European Union H3
POLI 435Democracy and Development in Latin America H3
POLI 438Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe3
POLI 442International Political Economy3
POLI 443American Foreign Policy: Formulation and Conduct3
POLI 444Seminar on Terrorism3
POLI 450Contemporary Inter-American Relations H3
POLI 457International Conflict Processes3
POLI 470Social and Political Philosophy H3
POLI 471Contemporary Political Thought H3
POLI/PWAD 150International Relations and World Politics H3
POLI/PWAD 469Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia H3
PLCY 520Environment and Development3
PWAD 252International Organizations and Global Issues H3
PWAD 350National and International Security3
PWAD 352The History of Intelligence Operations3
RELI 181Modern Muslim Societies3
SOCI 111Human Societies3
SOCI 121Population Problems3
SOCI 133Sociology of Politics3
SOCI 274Social and Economic Justice3
SOCI 453Social Change in Latin America3
SOCI 481Managing International Conflict3
WGST 388The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
WGST 410Comparative Queer Politics3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Global Economics, Trade, Development

AAAD 212Africa in the Global System3
AAAD 30721st-Century Scramble for Africa3
ANTH 103Anthropology of Globalization3
ANTH 320Anthropology of Development3
ANTH 468State Formation3
BUSI 611International Development3
ECON 267Comparative Economic Systems3
ECON 360Survey of International and Development Economics H3
ECON 434History of Economic Doctrines3
ECON 450Health Economics: Problems and Policy3
ECON 454Economics of Population3
ECON 460International Economics3
ECON 461European Economic Integration3
ECON 465Economic Development3
ECON 468Principles of Soviet and Post-Soviet Economic Systems3
ECON 469Asian Economic Systems3
ECON 560Advanced International Economics3
GEOG 428Urban Social Geography: Global Cities3
GEOG 453Political Geography3
GEOG 458Urban Latin America: Politics, Economy, and Society3
GEOG 460Geographies of Economic Change3
GEOG 464Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe3
PLCY 520Environment and Development3
POLI 435Democracy and Development in Latin America H3
POLI 442International Political Economy3
SOCI 450Theory and Problems of Developing Societies3
SOCI 453Social Change in Latin America3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Global Health and Environment

ANTH 147Comparative Healing Systems3
ANTH 151Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture3
ANTH 238Human Ecology of Africa3
ANTH 312From the Equator to the Poles: Case Studies in Global Environmental Change3
ANTH 318Human Growth and Development3
ANTH 319Global Health3
ANTH 470Medicine and Anthropology3
ANTH 473Anthropology of the Body and the Subject3
ANTH 525Culture and Personality3
ANTH/WGST 443Cultures and Politics of Reproduction3
ANTH/WGST 445Migration and Health3
ENEC 370Agriculture and the Environment H3
ENEC 510Policy Analysis of Global Climate Change3
ENEC/GEOG 264Conservation of Biodiversity in Theory and Practice3
ENEC/PLCY 372Global Environment: Policy Analysis and Solutions3
ENEC/PLCY 520Environment and Development3
ENEC/POLI 254International Environmental Politics3
ENGL 268Medicine, Literature, and Culture H3
ENVR 600Environmental Health3
GEOG 237Natural Resources3
GEOG 269Human-Environment Interactions in the Galapagos Islands3
GEOG 434Cultural Ecology of Agriculture, Urbanization, and Disease3
GEOG 435Environmental Politics3
GEOG 445Medical Geography3
GEOG 446Geography of Health Care Delivery3
GEOG 457Rural Latin America: Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources3
GEOG/ENEC 451Population, Development, and the Environment3
HPM 660International and Comparative Health Systems3
MHCH 610Issues in Maternal and Child Health3
PLCY 480Environmental Decision Making3
PLCY 565Global Health Policy3
PUBH 510Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health3
SOCI 469Health and Society3
WGST 388The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
WGST 610Feminism, Sexuality, and Human Rights3
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Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Transnational Cultures, Identities, Arts

AAAD 210African Belief Systems: Religion and Philosophy in Sub-Saharan Africa3
AAAD 284Contemporary Perspectives on the African Diaspora in the Americas3
AAAD/WGST 200Gender and Sexuality in Africa3
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 103Anthropology of Globalization3
ANTH 123Habitat and Humanity3
ANTH 147Comparative Healing Systems3
ANTH 259Culture and Identity3
ANTH 280Anthropology of War and Peace3
ANTH 284Culture and Consumption3
ANTH 320Anthropology of Development3
ANTH 334Art, Nature, and Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives3
ANTH 429Culture and Power in Southeast Asia3
ANTH 435Consciousness and Symbols3
ANTH 477Visual Anthropology3
ANTH 525Culture and Personality3
ARTH 153Introduction to South Asian Art3
ARTH 155African Art Survey3
ARTH 157Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture3
ARTH 456Art and Visual Culture of South Asia3
ARTH/HIST 514Monuments and Memory3
ASIA 150Asia: An Introduction3
ASIA/RELI 183Asian Religions3
CMPL 143History of Global Cinema3
COMM 574War and Culture3
DRAM 486Latin American Theatre3
ENGL 364Introduction to Latina/o Studies H3
FOLK 525Culture and Personality3
FREN 375Francophone Literature and Film3
FREN 377The Evolution of Frenchness since WWII3
GEOG 56First-Year Seminar: Local Places in a Globalizing World3
GEOG 447Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East3
GEOG 452Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration3
GLBL 383Global Whiteness3
GSLL/PWAD 467Language and Political Identity3
MEJO 446Global Communication and Comparative Journalism3
MUSC 146Introduction to World Musics3
MUSC 258Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora3
RELI 121Introduction to Religion and Culture H3
RELI 284The Buddhist Tradition: East Asia3
RELI 285The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka3
RELI 428Religion and Anthropology H3
SLAV 101Introduction to Slavic Civilizations: Peasants, Popes, and Party Hacks3
SPAN 344Latin@ American Cultural Topics3
WGST 124Sex and Gender in Society3
WGST 410Comparative Queer Politics3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

World Areas

Africa

AAAD 101Introduction to Africa3
AAAD 200Gender and Sexuality in Africa3
AAAD 201The Literature of Africa3
AAAD 210African Belief Systems: Religion and Philosophy in Sub-Saharan Africa3
AAAD 212Africa in the Global System3
AAAD 214Ethnography of Africa3
AAAD 301Contemporary China-Africa Relations3
AAAD 30721st-Century Scramble for Africa3
AAAD 315Political Protest and Conflict in Africa3
AAAD 316Policy Problems in Africa3
AAAD 318Politics of Cultural Production in Africa3
AAAD 320Music of Africa3
AAAD 400The Challenges of Democratic Governance in Africa3
AAAD 401Ghanaian Society and Culture3
AAAD 412Regional Seminar in African Studies3
AAAD 414Senegalese Society and Culture3
AAAD 421Introduction to the Languages of Africa3
AAAD 487Intellectual Currents in African and African Diaspora Studies3
ANTH 226The Peoples of Africa3
ANTH 238Human Ecology of Africa3
ARTH 255African Art and Culture3
HIST 130Modern African History3
HIST 279Modern South Africa3
POLI 431African Politics and Societies3
WGST/HIST 313Women and the Law in Africa and the Middle East3

Asia

ANTH 330Melancholy Japan: Myth, Memory, and Everyday Life3
ANTH 375Memory, Massacres, and Monuments in Southeast Asia3
ANTH/ASIA 545The Politics of Culture in East Asia3
ANTH/ASIA 574Chinese World Views3
ASIA 150Asia: An Introduction3
ASIA 183Asian Religions3
ASIA 231Bollywood Cinema3
ASIA 243Asian Societies/Study Abroad Program3
ASIA 244Asian History/Study Abroad Program3-6
ASIA 261India through Western Eyes3
ASIA 331Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia3
ASIA 333The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined3
ASIA 586The Gardens, Shrines, and Temples of Japan3
ASIA/HIST 133Introduction to Chinese History3
ASIA/RELI 183Asian Religions3
ASIA/RELI 285The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka3
CHIN 252Introduction to Chinese Culture through Narrative3
CHIN 253Chinese Language and Society3
CHIN 354Chinese Culture through Calligraphy3
CHIN 463Narrative Ethics in Modern China3
CHIN 464The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film3
CHIN 562Contemporary Chinese Urban Culture and Arts3
HIST 134Modern East Asia3
HIST 136History of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh: South Asia since 17503
HIST 282China in the World3
HIST 287Japan's Modern Revolution3
HIST 288Japan in the 20th Century3
JAPN 161Geisha in History, Fiction, and Fantasy3
JAPN 162Japanese Popular Culture3
JAPN 375The Culture of Modern, Imperial Japan, 1900-19453
RELI 285The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka3

Latin America

AAAD 260Blacks in Latin America3
AAAD 278Black Caribbeans in the United States3
AAAD 460Race, Culture, and Politics in Brazil3
ANTH 360Latin American Economy and Society3
ANTH/FOLK 130Anthropology of the Caribbean3
GEOG 259Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 430Global Migrations, Local Impacts: Urbanization and Migration in the United States3
GEOG 457Rural Latin America: Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources3
GEOG 458Urban Latin America: Politics, Economy, and Society3
GLBL 382Latin American Migrant Perspectives: Ethnography and Action3
HIST 142Latin America under Colonial Rule3
HIST 143Latin America since Independence3
HIST 175HHonors Seminar in Latin American History3
HIST 242United States-Latin American Relations3
HIST 528Guerrillas and Counterinsurgencies in Latin America3
HIST 532History of Cuba3
HIST 533History of Brazil3
LTAM 101Introduction to Latin American Studies3
MEJO 447International Media Studies3
MUSC 147Introduction to Latin(o) American Music3
POLI 231Latin America and the United States in World Politics3
POLI 238Contemporary Latin American Politics H3
POLI 434Politics of Mexico3
POLI 435Democracy and Development in Latin America H3
POLI 450Contemporary Inter-American Relations H3
PORT 370Modern Brazilian Literature in English Translation3
PORT 375Portuguese and Brazilian Fiction in Translation3
PORT 387Brazilian Religious Movements through Film and Literature3
PORT 388Portuguese, Brazilian, and African Identity in Film3
SOCI 453Social Change in Latin America3
SPAN 344Latin@ American Cultural Topics3
WGST 280Women and Gender in Latin American History3
WGST 352Rahtid Rebel Women: An Introduction to Caribbean Women3
WGST 388The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Middle East

ASIA 124Iranian Post-1979 Cinema3
ASIA/HIST/PWAD 277The Conflict over Israel/Palestine3
GEOG 447Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East3
HIST 276The Modern Middle East3
HIST/PWAD 275History of Iraq H3
JWST 107Introduction to Modern Judaism3
RELI 64First-Year Seminar: Reintroducing Islam3
RELI 180Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELI 181Modern Muslim Societies3
RELI 480Modern Muslim Literatures3
RELI 581Sufism3
RELI 583Religion and Culture in Iran, 1500-Present3
RELI 584The Qur'an as Literature3
SOCI 419Sociology of the Islamic World3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Western Europe and the European Union

ANTH 377European Societies3
ARTH 152History of Western Art II H3
ARTH 283Picturing Paris: 1800-20003
CMPL/EURO/FREN 332HCultural Diversity in Francophone Cinema3
CMPL/GSLL 270/JWST 239/RELI 239German Culture and the Jewish Question3
DRAM 286Modern Irish Drama3
DRAM 289Contemporary Irish Drama H3
DTCH 405Topics in Dutch Culture: A Literary Survey3
ECON 461European Economic Integration3
ENGL 278Irish Writing, 1800-20003
EURO/HIST 159From War to Prosperity: 20th-Century Europe3
FREN 350Advanced Oral and Written French3
FREN 372Survey of French Literature III3
FREN 373French New Wave Cinema3
FREN 377The Evolution of Frenchness since WWII3
GEOG 464Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe3
GERM 28020th-Century German Philosophy and Modern Youth Cultures3
GERM 302Contemporary German Society3
GERM 350Modern German Literature3
GERM 382Representations of Violence and Terrorism in Contemporary German Literature and Film3
GSLL 255Germany and Cold War: Occupation, Division, Reunification, Renewed Conflict with Russia (1945-Today)3
HIST/EURO/POLI 257Politics, Society, and Culture in Postwar Germany3
HIST 259Towards Emancipation? Women in Modern Europe3
HIST 262History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews3
HNRS 3531-4
ITAL 330Italian Civilization I3
ITAL 333Italian Film and Culture3
ITAL 335Themes in Italian Film3
ITAL 343Italian Culture Today: Modern Italy as a Nation 1860 to Present3
ITAL 398Undergraduate Seminar in Italian3
POLI 232HPolitics of the United Kingdom3
POLI 239Introduction to European Government H3
POLI 433Politics of the European Union H3
POLI 438Democracy and International Institutions in an Undivided Europe3
PORT 388Portuguese, Brazilian, and African Identity in Film3
ROML 56First-Year Seminar: Italians in Search of Harmony3
SPAN 340Iberian Cultural Topics3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Russia and Eastern Europe

HIST 161Russia Becomes an Empire3
HIST 162Russia under the Last Tsars and Soviet Commissars3
JWST/PLSH 412From Communism to Capitalism: 20th- and 21st-Century Polish Literature and Culture3
POLI 235The Politics of Russia and Eurasia H3
POLI 236Politics of East-Central Europe H3
POLI/PWAD 469Conflict and Intervention in the Former Yugoslavia H3
POLI/PWAD/SOCI 260Crisis and Change in Russia and Eastern Europe3
RUSS 273Russian Culture and Society: 1890-19173
RUSS 274Russian Literature from the Revolution to Today3
RUSS 469Bulgakov3
SLAV 248Childhood and Adolescence in Slavic Literature H3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Additional Information

The curriculum urges that in addition to fulfilling requirements, students continue the study of a foreign language to a level as close as possible to fluency. All majors should also make every effort to include a study abroad program in their undergraduate education, preferably in their sophomore or junior year.

Students must complete all General Education requirements. No courses fulfilling major requirements may be taken Pass/Fail.

Special Opportunities in Global Studies

Honors in Global Studies

Honors study involves the completion of a substantial piece of original research and the formal presentation of the results in an honors thesis and oral defense. Those who successfully complete the program are awarded their B.A. degree with either honors or highest honors in global studies. Students who wish to submit a thesis for honors in global studies must have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and, under normal circumstances, a 3.5 grade point average in the major and must enroll in GLBL 691H and GLBL 692H. GLBL 692H may count toward the major as a theme or area studies course with departmental approval. GLBL 691H will count as elective credit only. Each prospective honors student must submit a two- to three-page prospectus outlining his/her project in the fall of the junior year. Students accepted into the global studies honors program will enroll in GLBL 691H in the spring of the junior year and GLBL 692H in the fall of the senior year.

Study Abroad (recommended, but optional)

Global studies majors are strongly urged to gain experiential knowledge of the countries and thematic concerns they are studying through participation in an approved study abroad program appropriate to their areas of concentration. Every effort will be made by the curriculum to integrate study abroad courses into the major. Students must receive course approval from the director of undergraduate studies prior to departure for a program abroad. No credit will be given unless programs are preapproved.

Undergraduate Awards

All majors in the Curriculum in Global Studies who study abroad are considered for two study abroad awards that are presented each year. These funds may be used to defray any expenses associated with studying abroad.

The Michael L. and Matthew L. Boyatt Award Fund provides several meritorious awards each year of no more than $2,500 each. They are designated for majors who want to participate in a study abroad program pertinent to their area of concentration within global studies.

The Laura Hudson Richards Fund provides one award of $2,500 each year to a major in the Curriculum in Global Studies who demonstrates both academic excellence and financial need.

In addition, each spring the curriculum awards the Douglas Eyre Prize to the student writing the best honors thesis. The curriculum also selects an annual recipient of the Anne Scaff Award for service to the curriculum and for internationalizing the College. Students chosen to receive the Eyre Prize and Scaff Award are recognized at the curriculum’s spring commencement ceremony.