Current Majors 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 through 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 intercultural academic and life experiences. As part of their B.A. program in Global Studies, majors are required to participate in a learning experience that broadens their perspective beyond their own society and culture. The strong preference, when possible, is for majors to gain such experience first-hand through study abroad. However, circumstances now dictate that there be a second option for fulfillment of this requirement. This will come in the form of the Global Experience Practicum which will be offered during the Spring and Summer semesters.

As a Study Abroad alternative, GLBL will be offering GLBL 496: Global Experience Practicum; this course will be 3 additional credits and will meet the GLBL Study Abroad requirement. It will focus on Global-Local communities in the Baltimore/Washington area, explore modules on multicultural communication, and will feature an applied learning component. The availability of the Global Perspectives Practicum will ensure that students hoping to graduate will not miss their planned completion date due to the current travel restrictions preventing study abroad

Both studying cultures first-hand overseas or doing so through applied and reflective learning in a global-local construction, will help majors develop skills necessary for their future professional careers. These may include foreign language skills and will certainly include critical analysis tools. While the study abroad option will feature travel, the practicum option will incorporate service learning. The goal of both is to broaden perspectives on global awareness and paths to action.

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)

Foundational and Thematic Elective Course Constraints

Of the 9 courses required of the Foundational and Thematic Course Groupings (at least 2 Foundational and  7 Thematic electives) selected by each student: (a) no more than 4 may be from the same department, and (b) at least 3 must be upper level. To view which courses fall in each area(s), please see the electives index.


Foundational Elective Courses- Tier II 

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

·         ANTH 211 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3.00)
·         ANTH 382 – Global Flows in Local Worlds: The Anthropology of          Globalization (3.00)
·         GES 363 – World Regions: Contemporary International Issues (3.00)
·         GWST 340 – Women, Gender and Globalization (3.00)
·         GLBL 383 – Global Citizenship (3.00)
·         GLBL 409 – Topics in Global Studies (3.00)
·         GLBL 460 – Global Stories (3.00)
·         HIST 200 – Themes in World History (3.00)
·         HIST 204 – Don’t Buy It: The Global History of Commodities (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)
·         PBHL 380 – Global Issues in Health and Disease (3.00)
·         SOCY 235 – Sociological Perspectives on Globalization (3.00)

Thematic Elective Courses- Tier III

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

Please note that these themes are simply an organizational tool to focus your elective selection upon certain thematic frameworks 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.