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Grand Valley State University    
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Jul 17, 2019
2018-2019 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Global Studies and Social Impact

Global studies and social impact is an interdisciplinary major with a focus on understanding, through multiple perspectives, global issues and how they affect people in all areas of the world.

Requirements for a Major in Global Studies

Credits required for the major: 39 (+12 for B.A. or +9 for B.S.)

II. Area Studies Courses (credits: 12)

Choose two areas (MES, LAS, AAA, EAS) and take two courses from the list of courses available from each area. In the case of Meijer Honors College sequences, students need to take the entire four-course sequence to earn credit for that area.

An asterisk (*) designates experiential learning.

III. Clusters Credits: 18

Students choose two courses from each of the three clusters. No more than two courses from each discipline. GSI 490 may only be taken once for credit. 

An asterisk (*) designates experiential learning.

Cluster 1: Places, Movements, Encounters

Courses in this cluster help students to think about how place and culture connect, and about how people and ideas move and shift in a global world. Students will learn how the fast changing, globalized world is constantly presenting new challenges and new kinds of encounters and opportunities.

Cluster 2: Expressions and Identities

Courses in this cluster address issues of individual and social identity in a global context. Students will learn to think theoretically and apply this knowledge to understandings of gender, race, ethnicity, class, spirituality and sexuality, and the construction of hybrid identities.

Cluster 3: Systems and Actions

Courses in this cluster focus on large-scale and global policies and structures within which people and ideas circulate. Students will learn to think about human agency within such structures, as well as how to critically evaluate how these structures enable and challenge social justice locally and globally.

IV. B.A./B.S. Options

This major offers both a B.A. and a B.S. option. Students who opt for the B.A. must gain fourth semester proficiency in a world language. To complete the B.S. requirements, students must take:

1. STA 215

2. One of the following research methods courses:

3. One of the following additional courses in methodology or statistics (cannot be the same methods course selected previously):

V. Experiential Learning or Study Abroad

Students are required to complete either an experiential learning course or study abroad. An experiential learning course takes the place of one cluster course. Study abroad course takes the place of one area studies course.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Global Studies

Global Studies Program Description

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