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Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

The Global Studies Program offers students an opportunity to expand their cultural, linguistic, and social horizons beyond their own local experience. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent, it demands all of us an expanded knowledge of other people, their social and political institutions, and their culture. The program leads to a B.A. in Global Studies. The B.S. option is not availible.

We are excited to announce that this degree can now be completed fully online.

The Global Studies Program encourages students to develop a general understanding of language, culture, economics, and politics while simultaneously offering the opportunity to specialize in one of three areas:

  1. Political and Economic Development;
  2. Language, Literature, and Culture; or
  3. The United States and World Affairs

Major Requirements

The major in Global Studies, in addition to the general requirements, stated below, requires thirty-eight (38) credits distributed in the following categories:

  1. Language Courses
  2. Required Courses
  3. Upper-division credits

1. Language Requirements (12 credits):

Twelve (12) credits of a modern foreign language or the equivalent demonstrated competency. The languages offered at Idaho State University are  French, German, Japanese, Russian, Shoshoni, and Spanish.

2. Required Courses (17 Credits):

GLBL 2202 The World Today; Introduction to Global Issues (3 credits)


GLBL 2270 World Regional Geography and Cultures (3credits)

GLBL 2203 international Organizations Today: Conflicts and Cooperation (3 credits)

GLBL 3400, Simulation (3 credits)

GLB: 3350 International Symposium (1 credit)

GLBL4493, Senior Thesis (4 credits) - thesis must be written in your area of concentration

POLS 2221, Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)

3. Upper-division credits (9 credits):

Students must complete nine (9) upper-division credits to be chosen from within one of the following areas of concentration (select A, B, or C). Please consult the list below of GLBL Studies courses and see your advisor for which course counts toward each concentration. You can also take classes outside the GLBL department to fulfill your concentration, please see your advisor before registering for any classes. 

Global Studies courses that count toward both the Major and Minor.

GLBL 3300 Travel and Study Abroad (3-6 credits)

GLBL 3301 Seminar in Global Studies (1-3 credits)

GLBL 3348 European Union: Institutions & Global Impact (3 credits)

GLBL 3350 International Symposium (IAC)

GLBL 3355 Global Governance - The Process of Global Governance in the 21st Century (3 credits)

GLBL 3379 Environment and Geography (3 credits) (Not Currently Offered)

GLBL 3380 Gender in Global Affairs (Issues and Impact) (3 credits)

GLBL 4420 Global Health and Policy (3 credits)

GLBL 4444 Senior Seminar (various topics) (1-3 credits)

GLBL 4466 Cultural Geography (3 credits) (Not Currently Offered)

GLBL 4470 Independent Study (1-3 credits)

GLBL 4480 International Parks and Protected Areas (3 credits) (Not Currently Offered)

GLBL 4488 Global Tourism Geography (3 credits) (Not Currently Offered)

GLBL 2285 Internship in Global Studies (1-9 credits)

GLBL 3385 Internship in Global Studies (1-9 credits)

GLBL 4485 Internship in Global Studies (1-9 credits)

A. Political and Economic Development

This area of concentration has as its focus issues of political and economic development in those parts of the world which at once seek the possibility of change and are threatened by change. 

B. Language, Literature, and Culture

This area of concentration is for those wishing to study the language, literature, and culture of societies other than the United States. It is limited to concentrations in French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. 

C. The United States and World Affairs

This area of concentration is for those students whose primary interest is in American foreign policy and national security affairs.

*For more information please visit the Global Studies and Language section of the Course Catalog.*

Major in Global Studies Worksheet

GLBL Major Info Sheet

Student Learning Outcomes

GLBL 2202 The World Today
  1. Students will be able to recognize and discuss elements of cultural diversity in local, regional, national and global contexts.
  2. Students will be able to identify the common problems facing our global community.
  3. Students will be able to apply knowledge of diversity in addressing contemporary socioeconomic, political science and technological issues.
GLBL 2270 World Regional Geography and Cultures
  1. Students will be able to identify the defining characteristics of culturally diverse communities in regional, national, or global contexts. 
  2. Students will be able to describe the influence of cultural attributes such as ability, age, class, epistemology, ethnicity, gender, language, nationality, politics, or religion inherent in different cultures or communities. 
  3. Students will be able to understand how places are connected and analyze how these interconnections have changed over particular periods of time.  
  4. Students will be able to apply knowledge of diverse cultures to address contemporary or historical issues through a regional approach that emphasizes regions as historical entities, including change in their spatial dimensions and characteristics over time.  
GLBL 2203 International Organizations Today
  1. Student will demonstrate mastery of the historical context and organization structure of International Government Organizations (IGOs).
  2. Students will be able to analyze current international conflicts and determine whether any IGOs might have a role, how they could resolve the conflict or promote cooperation, and identify whether there is any externality problem.
  3. Students will demonstrate understanding of simple game theory model, principal-agent problem, externality problem, and basic cost-benefit analysis and apply these tools to analyze IGO behavior.  
GLBL 3400 Simulation for Global Affairs
  1. In multiple simulations of global issues, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of not just the mechanics of the simulations but also the substantive issues involved.  
  2. In global simulations, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the different perspectives of all the world regions involved.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of differences across culture and apply that knowledge to identify source of conflict and area of cooperation in simulations.
  4. Students will be able to apply multiple perspectives, such as political, economic, humanitarian and other perspectives, to tackle global issues.
GLB: 3350 International Symposium 
  1. Students will deploy the wide-ranging knowledge provided by the interdisciplinary Global Studies program in developing, planning and hosting a successful symposium. 
  2. Students will develop, strengthen, and widen their circle of friendships and networks with peers, scholars, diplomats, politicians and other interest groups.
  3. Students will develop sensitivity to the common issues that plague our world today  and appreciate global perspectives.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate cultural awareness other than theirs and be sensitive to cultural differences.
  5. Students will be able to apply alternative and interdisciplinary perspectives to global issues.
GLBL4493 Senior Thesis 
  1. Students will complete a thesis that applies multiple disciplines, such as international relations, economics, political science, history, psychology and others, to investigate a global issue.
  2. Students will demonstrate research skills such as literature search, interview, data analysis in writing the thesis.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically use qualitative or quantitative methods to analyze the information collected.
  4. Students will prepare a senior thesis that is properly organized, formatted, clearly articulated, grammatically correct and with all sources properly cited.
  5. Students will give an organized and articulate oral presentation of the thesis to faculty and students and adequately address their questions. 
POLS 2221 Introduction to International Relations
  1. Learning and understanding the main problems, actors and structures of international politics, including the logic behind global challenges;
  2. Critiquing, analyzing and synthesizing the international dimensions of politics and economics from the global to the local levels.
  3. Knowing and understanding the major theories and analytical perspectives policy makers and political scientists use to interpret and respond to events in world politics, and recognizing how policies must shift over time.
  4. Writing and speaking persuasively regarding personal opinions on international issues.