Loyola University Maryland

Global Studies

Components of the Major

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The major has five main components:

  1. Foundational component 
  2. Analytical component 
  3. Topical component 
  4. Senior seminar 
  5. International Experience (required participation in the study abroad program, an international service experience or an internationally-related internship)

See the typical course sequence and schedule of required courses.

1. Foundational Component (6 required courses)

These courses introduce students to social scientific approaches to global issues and to the basics of quantitative analysis.

  • EC102 Microeconomic Principles
  • EC103 Macroeconomic Principles
  • EC220 Business Statistics or ST110 Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis or ST210 Introduction to Statistics
  • One of the following history courses
    • HS101  Making of the Modern World: Europe
    • HS102  Making of the Modern World: United States I
    • HS103  Making of the Modern World: United States II
    • HS104  Making of the Modern World: South Asia
    • HS105  Making of the Modern World: East Asia
    • HS106  Making of the Modern World: Africa
    • HS107  Making of the Modern World: The Middle East
    • HS108  Making of the Modern World: Latin America
  • PS350 Comparative Politics
  • SC102 Societies and Institutions

2. Analytical Component (4 courses)

These courses deepen and expand the analytical perspectives and knowledge bases addressed in the foundational courses. They are broadly comparative or global in focus. Students choose one course from each departmental grouping listed below:

Economics

EC348 Development Economics
EC440 International Financial Economics
EC446 International Trade

History (non-Western): HS300-level courses also satisfy the second core requirement in history; only HS400-level courses count as core credit for students in the Honors Program.

  • HS370 The Jesuits in Asia Since 1542
  • HS371 East Asia in the Modern World
  • HS373 Africa: Past and Present
  • HS377 History of Modern China
  • HS374 East Asia on Film
  • HS379 Latin American and the United States Since Independence
  • HS380 History of South Asia in the Twentieth Century
  • HS382 Jesuits and Empire from the Society's Beginnings to its Suppression
  • HS383 The Cross and the Sword: Christianity and the Making of Colonial Latin America
  • HS384 Modern Latin America
  • HS385 History of Mexico
  • HS386 Soldiers and Guerrillas in Modern Latin America
  • HS387 Topics in Latin American History
  • HS388 Conquest and Colonization in Africa: 1884-1965
  • HS389 Women and Social Change in Modern Africa
  • HS392 Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
  • HS393 The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • HS394 Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa
  • HS440 Special Topics in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • HS444 War and Revolution: East Asia, 1937-1954
  • HS446 Modern Latin American Cities
  • HS448 Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS449 Modern Middle East Through Literature and Film
  • HS461 Seminar: The African Diaspora
  • HS480 Seminar: Cold War in Southern Africa
  • HS482 Asian Studies Seminar
  • HS486 Seminar: The Great Age of the European Reconnaissance: Travel and Discovery
  • HS487 Seminar: Comparative Revolutions in Latin America
  • HS488 Seminar: Political Violence and Terrorism in the Modern World

Political Science

  • PS357 The Politics of Globalization
  • PS365 International Politics (preferred)
  • PS370 Theories of International Relations

Sociology: SC101 prerequisite waived for global studies majors (manual registration required).

  • SC339 Conflict, War and Peace
  • SC362 Global Inequalities
  • SC363 Special Topics in Global Studies
  • SC373 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SC374 Sociology of Development
  • SC375 Political Sociology
  • SC377 Social Movements and Social Protest
  • SC378 Islamic Political Identity and Activism
  • SC440 Seminar: Global Sociology

3. Topical Component (4 four courses from at least two of the four departments):

Students complete this component by choosing four courses that focus on a specific topic or theme. Within the four courses, two of the global studies disciplines of economics, history, political science, and sociology must be represented. One course may be outside of the global studies disciplines. Two courses must be at the 300-level or above. Courses may be taken at Loyola and through a variety of study abroad programs. Courses taken through study abroad programs must be approved by the global studies advisor.Students may choose one of the following eight topics: Globalization; European Integration; Global Sustainability and Climate Change; Justice and Human Rights in a Global Context; International Development; Conflict and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution; Identity, Place, and Power; or The Middle East in a Global Context. Students can complete any of the topics listed by taking four of the courses from the approved course list, as described above. Additional courses may be approved for each topic with the permission of the global studies advisor.  Students may also develop and complete additional topics following the submission and approval of a written proposal to the global studies advisor.

Topic 1: Globalization
“Globalization” refers to a process through which economies, societies and cultures have become increasingly integrated. This topic brings together the dynamic economic changes confronting our world and the political and social impact of those changes.

  • EC390 Growth, Globalization and History
  • EC446 International Trade
  • EC440 International Financial Economics
  • FI340 Global Financial Management
  • HN/TH392 Globalization, Inculturation, and Justice
  • HS368 The Atlantic World: Readings, Approaches and Explorations
  • HS393 The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • IB282 International Business (or BH282)
  • IB415 International Management
  • IB471 Managing Diversity: Globally and Domestically
  • IB472 Globalization: Opportunities and Challenges
  • PS308 China and Globalization
  • PS357 The Politics of Globalization
  • PS365 International Politics
  • PS366 International Political Economy
  • SC374 Sociology of Development
  • SC440 Seminar: Global Sociology

Topic 2: European Integration
“European Integration” is the study of the historical, political, social and economic changes that have occurred in Europe over the past two centuries, culminating in the present-day European Union.  This topic also examines the challenges faced by the current and aspirant EU countries.

  • EC390 Growth, Globalization and History
  • GR359 History and Development of German Business
  • HS307 Nationalism in Nineteenth Century Europe
  • HS325 Europe since 1945 through Film
  • PS306 Politics of Russia
  • PS396 The Politics of Eastern Europe
  • PS397 The Politics of Western Europe
  • SC230 Introduction to Czech Culture and Society

Topic 3:  Global Sustainability and Climate Change
“Sustainability and Climate Change” focuses on global environmental challenges of today, and approaches to preparing for the future.  Issues to be addressed include the economic, social, political and historical implications of climate change, human impact on the environment and strategies for the healthy and sustainable use of the planet and its resources in the future.

  • BL104 Twisted Planet: Global Issues in Biology
  • CH114 Global Environment
  • EC360 Environmental Economics
  • EC370 Cost Benefit Analysis
  • HS343 American Environmental History
  • LW411 Environmental Law and Policy
  • PL314 Environmental Ethics
  • SC244 Human Social Ecology and Evolution

Topic 4:  Justice and Human Rights in a Global Context
“Justice and Human Rights” focuses on the study of human rights.  Issues to be addressed include the historical evolution of human rights and an examination of the existence and implications of injustice and infringements on human rights.  Examples include oppression, discrimination and prejudice.

  • HS319 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • HS347 Our Rights: A History of Civil and Human Rights Law
  • HS359 African American History Through Film
  • HS443 Apartheid and Its Demise in South Africa
  • HS481 Seminar: The History of Disability in Comparative Perspective
  • PS364 International Relations through Non-Western Lenses
  • PS376 International Law
  • PS480 Seminar: Poland and the Holocaust
  • SC221 Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender
  • SC312 International Social Work: Social Justice and Human Rights
  • SC339 Conflict, War, and Peace
  • SC362 Global Inequalities
  • SC373 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SC377 Social Movements and Social Protest
  • SC379 Israel/Palestine: Roots of the Conflict and Prospects for Peace
  • SC441 Seminar: Reconciliation and Justice after Violent Conflict
  • TH396 Christianity and Global Justice

Topic 5: International Development
“International Development” focuses on the factors that impinge on the economic and social progress of countries and regions in parts of the world that are classified as “developing”.  These countries and regions are most often found in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe.  Important aspects of this topic will include the sources of underdevelopment, the existence and effect of inequality and poverty, and the impact of colonization and decolonization on the political, economic and social evolution of these regions.

  • EC348 Development Economics
  • EN376 Post-Colonial Literature
  • HN/TH392 Globalization, Inculturation, and Justice
  • HS308 White Man’s Burden: Colonialism and the Historical Origins of Racism
  • HS328 Colonialism and Cultural Identity in Modern Europe
  • HS371 East Asia in the Modern World
  • HS372 The Vietnam War through Film and Literature
  • HS373 Africa: Past and Present
  • HS375 Indian History, Culture and Religion through Film
  • HS377 History of Modern China
  • HS378 History of Modern Japan
  • HS380 History of South Asia in the Twentieth Century
  • HS382 Jesuits and Empire from the Society’s Beginning to Its Suppression
  • HS384 Modern Latin America
  • HS388 Conquest and Colonization in Africa 1884 - 1965
  • HS389 Women and Social Change in Modern Africa
  • HS393 The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • HS394 Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa
  • HS448 Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS484 Seminar: The Chinese Revolution
  • HS489 Seminar: America in the Middle East
  • PS302 Chinese Politics
  • PS303 Latin American Politics
  • PS304 Politics of the Middle East
  • PS307 The Global Politics of Migration
  • PS353 Global Democratization
  • PS364 International Relations through Non-Western Lenses
  • SC362 Global Inequalities
  • SC373 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SC374 Sociology of Development
  • SC440 Seminar: Global Sociology

Topic 6: Conflict and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
“Conflict Resolution” is the practical study of how international conflicts begin, evolve and become resolved.

  • EC320The Political Economy of War
  • HS333 The Second World War
  • HS346 Revolutionary America
  • HS384 Modern Latin America
  • HS386 Soldiers and Guerrillas in Modern Latin America
  • HS393 The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • HS394 Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa
  • HS444 War and Revolution: East Asia, 1937-1954
  • HS487 Seminar: Comparative Revolutions in Latin America
  • HS489 Seminar:  America in the Middle East
  • ML404 Another America, Central America
  • PS304 Politics of the Middle East
  • PS359 Approaches to American Foreign Policy
  • PS369 War
  • PS472 Seminar: Warfare and Human Nature
  • SC339 Conflict, War and Peace
  • SC375 Political Sociology 
  • SC376 Conflict Narratives, Media Discourse, and Peacebuilding: Israel-Palestine
  • SC377 Social Movements and Social Protest
  • SC379 Israel-Palestine: Roots of the Conflict and Prospects for Peace
  • SC441 Seminar: Reconciliation and Justice after Violent Conflict

Topic 7: Identity, Place and Power
“Identity, Place and Power” addresses the importance of identity in global flows, conflicts and connections. Included in this topic are courses on ethnic identity, religion, gender, and nationalism. The issues of exile, migration and displacement are also addressed.

  • HS381 Search for the Divine: Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist Ways in India
  • HS414 Women in Europe
  • HS446 Modern Latin American Cities
  • HS448 Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS461 Seminar: The African Diaspora
  • ML342 From Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island: An Examination of Immigration to America.
  • ML362 The Early Latino Experience in the United States
  • ML365 Strangers in a Foreign Land: Seeing Home from a Foreign Perspective
  • ML392 Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
  • PS355 Religion and the State of Asia
  • PS364 International Relations through Non-Western Lenses
  • SC104 Cultural Anthropology
  • SC210 Introduction to Gender Studies
  • SC230 Introduction to Czech Culture and Society
  • SC376 Conflict Narratives, Media Discourse, and Peacebuilding: Israel-Palestine
  • SC378 Islamic Political Identity and Activism
  • SC379 Israel/Palestine: Roots of the Conflict and the Prospects for Peace

Topic 8: The Middle East in a Global Context
The Middle East is a region deeply affected by international politics. This topic allows students to pursue their interests in this nexus of cultural diversity, social change and political conflict.

  • HS393 The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • HS394 Colonialism and Nationalism in the Middle East and North Africa
  • HS448 Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS449 Modern Middle East Through Literature and Film
  • HS489  Seminar: America in the Middle East
  • PS304 Politics of the Middle East
  • SC376 Conflict Narratives, Media Discourse, and Peacebuilding: Israel-Palestine
  • SC378 Islamic Political Identity and Activism
  • SC379 Israel/Palestine: Roots of the Conflict and the Prospects for Peace
  • TH384 Christianity and Islam 

4. Senior Seminar in Global Studies (GT 400):

The course is intended as an opportunity for integrating students' experience of the global studies program. It consists of a senior project, guest lectures by global studies faculty and visiting lecturers, and other integrative work selected by the instructor. The course is offered each spring semester.

5. International Experience:

Global studies majors must participate in one of the following: the study abroad program, an internationally-related service experience, or an internationally-related internship. Study abroad may involve a summer, one semester, or two semester experience, as coordinated by the Office of International Programs. Some courses taken in the study abroad program may meet requirements for the global studies major if approved in advance by the global studies advisor. Students may fulfill the service experience by completing the service component of specific service-learning courses; participating in Project Mexico or Encounter El Salvador through the Center for Community Service and Justice; or following the submission and approval of a written proposal to the global studies advisor. A list of approved service-learning courses is available from the global studies advisor. Students may complete the internship experience following the submission and approval of a written proposal to the global studies advisor.

Service-Learning Courses (must have global or international context)

Cross-Counting
For students who choose to double-major in global studies and another major or major in global studies and  minor in one or two minors, global studies departmentally-approved courses cross-count for both majors and for the major and one or two minors so long as the policy of the other department or program is in agreement. We impose no limit on this cross-counting. Students interested in double-majoring (or majoring and minoring) should consult both departments early in their career.

Suggested Core Courses for Global Studies majors

To meet the first history core requirement, majors should consider one of the following:

  • HS101  Making of the Modern World: Europe
  • HS104  Making of the Modern World: South Asia
  • HS105  Making of the Modern World: East Asia
  • HS106  Making of the Modern World: Africa
  • HS107  Making of the Modern World: The Middle East
  • HS108  Making of the Modern World: Latin America

Because a broad understanding of international issues and traditions is essential, students are strongly encouraged to take a world religion course as the second core theology requirement; for example:

  • TH247 The Presence of God: Christian Mysticism, East and West
  • TH261 Introduction to Judaism
  • TH266 Christian Theology and World Religions
  • TH270 Creation and Evolution

To meet the natural science core requirement, majors should consider one of the following:

  • BL104 Twisted Planet: Global Issues in Biology
  • BL107 Life on the Edge
  • BL111 Environmental Biology
  • BL115 Biology, Evolution, and Human Nature

In addition students are encouraged to use Loyola's core language requirement to attain competency in the language that is most relevant to their topical focus.