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New Majors Post-Fall 2018 Global Studies Requirements

NOTE: The following requirements pertain to Global Studies students who declared their major during or after the Fall 2018 term.

Language Requirement

Students must complete a foreign language up to the 301 level at UMBC or the equivalent at another institution (including study abroad universities) with a C grade or above. Alternatively, the program will accept the completion of a course higher than the 301-level taught in a foreign language at UMBC (courses with code corresponding to a specific language: SPAN, GERM, etc). The program will also accept the completion of a heritage language course with a C grade or above at UMBC.


Global Experience Requirement

Global Studies majors are expected to have a curiosity about the world and a strong interest in cross-cultural academic and life experiences. Studying overseas provides GLBL students with linguistic and cross-cultural skills necessary for their future professional careers and to broaden their perspective on their own society and culture.

As part of their B.A. program in Global Studies, majors are required to participate in an in-depth international study experience. Students may choose to study abroad for the duration of a regular fall/spring semester, a full academic year, or a summer/winter semester in a program led by UMBC faculty or a program pre-approved by both the Global Studies Program and the Study Abroad Office. Students often work on their GLBL language requirement during their time abroad, but it is not required that students study in area or at attends classes spoken in the language they are pursuing for their language requirement.

Global Studies majors are required to work with the UMBC Study Abroad Office (SAO) to arrange their international study plans. For more information about completing your study abroad application, please visit the Study Abroad Office website and attend a “Study Abroad 101” session at least one semester prior to the term they plan to study abroad.


Tier I: Core Courses

Students must take the following GLBL required core courses:

·         GLBL 100 – Introduction to Global Studies (3.00)

·         GLBL 300 – Research Methods in Global Studies (3.00)

·         GLBL 400 – Approaches to Globalization (3.00)

Tier II and Tier III  Course Constraints

Of the 9 courses required of Tier II and Tier III (at least 2 globalization courses and up to 7 track electives) selected by each student: (a) no more than 4 may be from the same department, (b) at least 3 must be upper level, (c) at least two areas of the College (Global Arts, Global Humanities and Global Social Sciences) must be represented. To view which courses fall in each area(s), please see the electives index.


Tier II: Globalization Courses

Students must take at least 2 courses from the following list:

·         ANTH 382 – Global Flows in Local Worlds: The Anthropology of Globalization (3.00)

·         ECON 380 – The Global Economy (3.00)

·         GES 363 – World Regions: Contemporary International Issues (3.00)

·         GES 436 – Global Environmental Change (3.00)

·         GWST 340 – Women, Gender and Globalization (3.00)

·         HAPP 380 – Global Issues in Health and Disease (3.00)

·         HIST 204 – Don’t Buy It: The Global History of Commodities (3.00)

·         HIST 208 – Global Terrorism (3.00)

·         MCS 334 – Media & Globalization (3.00)

·         MLL 305 – Introduction to Intercultural Communication (3.00)

·         POLI 280 – International Relations (3.00)

·         POLI 386 – The Politics of Development (3.00)

·         POLI 471 – Globalization and Transitional Justice (3.00)

·         POLI 487 – International Political Economy (3.00)

·         SOCY 235 – Sociological Perspectives on Globalization (3.00)

Tier III: Track Electives


You must take up to 7 track electives from the electives index. When selecting among their electives, you may choose to focus on certain areas or tracks such as:  Culture, Place, and Identity;  Development, Health, and the Environment; Global Governance, Human Rights, and Civil Society; or you may choose to organize your own track from the course electives.

Please note that these tracks are simply an organizational tool to focus your elective selection upon certain themes within the wide ranging interdisciplinary study of Global Studies, they will not appear on your diploma or transcript. You are encouraged to highlight the specific focus of your work in your resume, personal statements, and in future interviews. To view recommended track designations, please see the electives index.