Loyola University Maryland

Global Studies

Components of the Major

*Courses in bold are being offered in FALL 2021. All diversity or Messina sections for any course listed below will be counted as GT.

The major has five required components:

  1. Foundational component
  2. Analytical component
  3. Topical component
  4. Senior seminar
  5. International Experience

See the typical course sequence and schedule of required courses.

Foundational Component (7 required courses)

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

  • EC102 Microeconomics Principles  (Same class as HN231)
  • EC103 Macroeconomics Principles 
  • EC220 Business Statistics or ST110 Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis or ST210 Introduction to Statistics
  • GT201 Introduction to Global Studies (note: GT 201 is required for students entering the major under the 2019-20 catalog and/or Class of 2023 and beyond. GT 201 is optional for all other GT majors)
  • 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
    • HS105D Making of the Modern World: East Asia
    • HS106D Making of the Modern World: Africa
    • HS107D Making of the Modern World: The Middle East  
    • HS108D Making of the Modern World: Latin America
  • PS350 Comparative Politics
  • SC102 Societies and Institutions or SC102D Societies and Institutions (note: SC102 or SC102D is required for students entering the major under the 2020-21 catalog or earlier. Beginning in Fall 2021, students who have not yet taken SC102 or SC102D may take either SC202 or SC203 to fulfill this requirement.)
  • SC202 Social Change and Social Power or SC203 Globalization and Society (note: SC202 or SC203 is required for students entering the major under the 2021-22 catalog and/or Class of 2025 and beyond).

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

  • EC304 Survey Of International Economics
  • EC348D 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.

  • HS311 Communism: A Global History
  • HS320 The Black Death in Global Perspective
  • HS324 Warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean from Troy to Iraq
  • HS357D Nationalism and Decolonization in the Afro-Atlantic World
  • HS374D East Asia on Film
  • HS380D History of South Asia in the Twentieth Century
  • HS382 Crime and Punishment in Latin America
  • HS389D Gender and Power in Modern Africa
  • HS390 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • HS393 Introduction to Islamic History
  • HS396D Modern Middle East Through Literature and Film
  • HS397D Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS422 Environmental History of Latin America
  • HS442D Health and Illness in Latin America
  • HS447 War Memory
  • HS478 Global Histories of Sexuality
  • HS490 Seminar: Environmental History in Latin America
  • HS492 Seminar: Minority Identity and Citizenship in the Modern World

Political Science

  • PS310 Protest and Mobilization in Authoritarian Regimes
  • PS357 The Politics of Globalization
  • PS365 International Politics (preferred)

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
  • SC377 Social Movements and Social Protest
  • SC378 Islamic Social Movements
  • SC440 Seminar: Global Sociology
  • SC441 Seminar: Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation in Divided Societies

Topical Component

Students complete this component by choosing four courses that focus on a specific topic or theme.

  • 4 courses are required to complete the topic
  • At least 2 different Global Studies disciplines must be represented
  • 1 course may be outside of the Global Studies disciplines
  • 2 courses must be at the 300 level or higher

Topic 1: Globalization and Sustainable Development

Economies, societies and cultures have become increasingly integrated. This topic focuses on the dynamics of global change at the economic, social, political, cultural and environmental level. Also, this topic focuses on the factors that impinge on the economic and social progress of countries and regions in parts of the world that are considered less developed. 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 extent and dynamics of inequality and poverty, and the impact of colonization and decolonization on the political, economic and social evolution of these regions.

Economics options for Topic 1

  • EC304 Survey Of International Economics
  • EC348D Development Economics
  • EC360 Environmental Economics
  • EC440 International Financial Economics
  • EC446 International Trade

History options for Topic 1

  • HS308 White Man’s Burden: Colonialism and the Historical Origins of Racism
  • HS343 American Environmental History
  • HS372 The Vietnam War through Film and Literature
  • HS373D Contesting Empire: Nationalism and Decolonization in the Afro-Atlantic World
  • HS375 Indian History, Culture and Religion through Film
  • HS377 History of Modern China
  • HS378D History of Modern Japan
  • HS380D History of South Asia in the Twentieth Century
  • HS382 Crime and Punishment in Latin America
  • HS389D Gender and Power in Modern Africa
  • HS390 Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
  • HS397D Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS417D Germans in Africa, Africans in Germany
  • HS422 Environmental History in Latin America
  • HS442D Health & Illness in Latin America
  • HS490 Seminar: Environmental History in Latin America

Political Science options for Topic 1

  • PS302 Chinese Politics
  • PS303 Latin American Politics
  • PS304 Politics of the Middle East
  • PS307 The Global Politics of Migration
  • PS308 China and Globalization
  • PS309 Political Economy
  • PS310 Protest and Mobilization in Authoritarian Regimes
  • PS311 African Politics
  • PS357 The Politics of Globalization
  • PS360 Transitional Justice
  • PS364 International Relations through Non-Western Lenses
  • PS365 International Politics
  • PS404 Protest and Resistance in Contemporary China
  • PS407 Global Environmental Politics

 

Sociology options for Topic 1

  • SC276 Human Health and the Environment
  • SC362 Global Inequalities
  • SC373 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SC374 Sociology of Development
  • SC440 Seminar: Global Sociology

Course options outside the Global Studies Disciplines for Topic 1

  • BH282 International Business (or IB282)
  • BL104 Twisted Planet: Global Issues in Biology
  • BL276 Human Health and the Environment
  • CH114 Global Environment
  • EN376 Postcolonial Literature
  • EN385 Seminar in Post-Colonial Literature
  • FI340 Global Financial Management
  • IB282 International Business (or BH282)
  • IB415 International Management
  • IB470 The Global Environment of Business
  • IB473 Global Strategic Alliances (same as MG473)
  • LW410 International Business Law
  • LW411 Environmental Law and Policy
  • MG473 Global Strategic Alliances (same as IB473)
  • MG333 Global Strategy for Sustainability
  • TH312 Christian Environmental Ethics
  • TH395 Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
  • PL314 Environmental Ethics

 

Topic 2: Conflict, Justice, and Human Rights

Violence is a universal feature of human societies, affecting the lives of individuals as well as of entire communities – local, national and transnational. To build a world more just and peaceful, we need to study how conflicts arise, how they develop and how they can be solved. Moreover, to reaffirm human rights for individuals and minorities we need to study their historical evolution, and examine the existence and implications of injustice and infringements on human rights.

History options for Topic 2

  • HS307 Peace and War in Ancient Rome (same as CL307)
  •  HS311 Communism: A Global History
  • HS319 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • HS324 Warfare in the Eastern Mediterranean from Troy to Iraq
  • HS346 Revolutionary America
  • HS359D African American History Through Film
  • HS366 The Civil Rights Era
  • HS372 The Vietnam War through Film and Literature
  • HS373D Contesting Empire: Nationalism and Decolonization in the Afro-Atlantic World
  • HS382 Crime and Punishment in Latin America
  • HS390D Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
  • HS395 Violence and Holiness in 20th Century El Salvador (same as TH215)
  • HS397D Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS442D Health & Illness in Latin America
  • HS447 War Memory
  • HS474 Holocaust Memory in Germany and America
  • HS492 Seminar: Minority Identity & Citizenship in the Modern World

Political Science options for Topic 2

  • PS304 Politics of the Middle East
  • PS307 Global Politics of Migration
  • PS310 Protest and Mobilization in Authoritarian Regimes
  • PS352 Gender, Human Rights, and Conflict
  • PS360 Transitional Justice
  • PS361 9/11 and American Foreign Policy
  • PS363 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • PS364 International Relations through Non-Western Lenses
  • PS404 Seminar: Politics in Contemporary China
  • PS426 Seminar: Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation in the Balkans
  • PS472 Seminar: Warfare and Human Nature
  • PS480 Seminar: Poland and the Holocaust

Sociology options for Topic 2

  • SC339 Conflict, War, and Peace
  • SC362 Global Inequalities
  • SC363 Special Topics in Global Studies
  • SC373 Sociology of Human Rights
  • SC376 Israel-Palestine: Conflict Narratives, Media Framing, and Peace-Building
  • SC377 Social Movements and Social Protest
  • SC441 Seminar: Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation in Divided Societies

Course options outside the Global Studies Disciplines for Topic 2

  • CL307 Peace and War in Ancient Rome (same as HS307)
  • FR332 Trauma and Testimony: Representations of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda
  • ML404 Another America, Central America
  • PL228 Philosophical Perspective: Philosophy and Genocide
  • PL305D Ethics & Politics Humanitarian Intervention
  • TH215 Violence and Holiness in 20th Century El Salvador (same as HS395)
  • TH370 Liberation Theology: Roots, Branches and Critiques
  • TH396 Christianity and Global Justice

 

Topic 3: Identity, Place, and Power

The process of globalization entails a fundamental tension between global dynamics and our specific, multi-layered national, religious, cultural, class, gender, and professional identities. How is globalization affecting the way we shape our identity as individuals and as a community? And how do our local, contextual, specific identities contribute to shape the process of globalization? Included in this topic are courses on ethnic identity, religion, gender, and nationalism. The issues of exile, migration and displacement are also addressed.

History options for Topic 3

  • HS303 The Early Middle Ages
  • HS311 Communism: A Global History
  • HS318 Creation of Modern Germany
  • HS330D Gender, Race & Class in Modern Europe
  • HS332 The Enlightenment in Europe
  • HS363 US Foreign Policy since 1890
  • HS372 The Vietnam War through Film and Literature
  • HS373D Nationalism and Decolonization in the Afro-Atlantic World
  • HS375 Indian History, Culture, and Religion through Film
  • HS381 Search for the Divine: Hindu, Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist Ways in India
  • HS390D Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
  • HS393 Introduction to Islamic History
  • HS395 Violence and Holiness in 20th Century El Salvadore (same as TH215)
  • HS396D Modern Middle East Through Literature and Film
  • HS397D Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • HS416 Sex and the City
  • HS417D Germans in Africa, Africans in Germany
  • HS419 Medieval Bodies
  • HS442D Health & Illness in Latin America
  • HS478 Global Histories of Sexuality
  • HS492 Seminar: Minority Identity & Citizenship in the Modern World

Political Science options for Topic 3

  • PS302 Chinese Politics
  • PS304 Politics of the Middle East
  • PS306 Politics of Russia
  • PS307 Global Politics of Migration
  • PS308 China and Globalization
  • PS311 African Politics
  • PS360 Transitional Justice
  • PS363 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • PS364 International Relations through Non-Western Lenses
  • PS396 The Politics of Eastern Europe
  • PS404 Politics of Resistance in Contemporary China

Sociology options for Topic 3

  • SC104 Cultural Anthropology
  • SC210 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • SC339 Conflict, War, and Peace
  • SC376 Israel-Palestine: Conflict Narratives, Media Framing, and Peace-Building
  • SC378 Islamic Social Movements
  • SC441 Seminar: Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation in Divided Societies

Course options outside the Global Studies Disciplines for Topic 3

  • AH326 The Crusades in Medieval Visual Culture
  • EN376 Post-Colonial Literature
  • EN385 Seminar in Post-Colonial Literature
  • EN392 U.S. and Caribbean Literature 
  • FR332 Trauma and Testimony: Representations of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda
  • ML211 Topics in European Culture and Civilization: Belgium
  • ML307D Topics in Comparative Cultures and Literary Studies
  • ML342 From Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island: An Examination of Immigration to America
  • ML362 The Early Latino Experience in the United States
  • ML365 Home Here and Abroad: Why it Matters So Much
  • ML392D Introduction to Latin American and Latino Studies
  • PL228  Philosophical Perspective: Philosophy and Genocide
  • SN329D Spanish in the United States
  • TH215 Violence and Holiness of 20th Century El Salvador (same as HS395)
  • TH384 Christianity and Islam
  • WR385 Special Topics in Creative Writing: Writing about Place

 

Topic 4: Individualized Topic

This topic crosses the topical boundaries of topics 1, 2, and 3; students interested in shaping a topic of their own will have to draft a one-page proposal that suggests a title, offers a brief rationale, and lists some of the courses they intend to take; students will have to discuss their project with their advisor and – after an agreement between student and advisor has been reached – submit the final proposal to the Global Studies Director for acceptance, copying the advisor.

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.

International Experience

Global Studies majors must participate in a sustained, immersive academic experience that is international in nature to graduate with the major. Study abroad, either for a semester, a year or a summer, is the preferred option. This can be done via a Loyola-approved program, or via a program taken through another university with the prior approval of the Global Studies Director. 
 
If study abroad is impossible, a student may fulfill the International Experience requirement by either completing the requirements for a minor in a foreign language (recommended), or by taking a service-learning course in which the student works with individuals or communities in global contexts. To pursue the service-learning substitute for study abroad, the student must get prior approval from the Global Studies Director and complete an approval form. Service-learning course options vary by semester and cannot be guaranteed. After the service-learning course is completed, the student must ask the course instructor to send confirmation of the student’s service work to Mary Kate Schneider, Director of Global Studies, HU 250H,  mschneider5@loyola.edu

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
  • HS105D  Making of the Modern World: East Asia
  • HS106D  Making of the Modern World: Africa
  • HS107D  Making of the Modern World: The Middle East
  • HS108D 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
  • BL276 Human Health & the Environment

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.