2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    May 21, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Global Studies (B.A.)


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The Global Studies program is an interdisciplinary major that offers capable and motivated students a unique academic program tailored to their creative and career interests. Global Studies recognizes that overcoming the most significant challenges facing the world today - such as climate change, resource scarcity, violent conflict and discrimination - requires the understanding of multiple perspectives and the integration of knowledge. To gain the skills needed to address these challenges, students in the Global Studies program draw on the expertise of faculty in a number of carefully selected fields. These faculty help students develop a coherent and balanced plan for learning.

Our alumni have entered graduate degree programs in urban planning, human rights, and global governance, become interpreters, served overseas in the Peace Corps, and worked in the U.S. Department of State.

In addition to the four departmental Student Learning Outcomes, two Student Learning Outcomes are specific to Global Studies majors:

  • Read, write and speak in a language other than English at an intermediate level of proficiency.
  • Evaluate the origins and effects of globally interconnected social, political, economic, and natural systems.

The Global Studies program consists of:

  • An introduction to globalization and the methods used for discovering solutions to contemporary global problems.
  • A four-course concentration that reflects a student’s research interests.
  • Foreign language training to achieve intermediate proficiency.
  • A culminating project in the senior year that proposes solutions to a global problem within a local context. The project delivers a defined outcome with a measurable impact and incorporates leadership, communication, organization, and problem-solving skills. The topic of the senior project relates to the location of a student’s study abroad experience. 

    Global Studies majors participate in at least one semester of a study abroad or other international experience, selected in conjunction with guidance from the Center for Global Education and Fellowships and program faculty.  This experience can be used to fulfill course requirements in the major and in the university’s general curriculum.

Global Studies Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the ways in which local and international communities are affected by immigration, the environment, violence, racism, and/or gendered injustice.
  2. Evaluate multiple perspectives on contemporary issues at the local and global levels.
  3. Apply interdisciplinary research methodologies to solving unstructured problems.
  4. Create effective Mercy-based solutions to a specific environmental or sociocultural problem.
  5. Read, write, and speak in a language other than English at an intermediate level of proficiency.

Major Requirements


Global Studies majors participate in at least one semester of a study abroad or other international experience, selected in conjunction with guidance from the Office of International Programs and program faculty. This experience can be used to fulfill course requirements in the major and in the university’s general curriculum.

Global Studies majors complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree: 49-51 credits of core courses (see page 45 ), 27-41 elective credits, and 42 credits of major courses.

Concentration (12 credits)


Students take at least four courses to form a concentration related to one of the five Mercy critical concerns (immigration, the environment, violence, racism, and gendered injustice) or some other aspect of socioeconomic inequality. Concentrations should be designed by the end of sophomore year and before the semester of study abroad. They are planned in consultation with faculty in the Global Studies program and are approved by the chairperson of the Department of Cultural, Environmental, and Global Studies. Courses taken during study abroad can be used to complete or complement the concentration.

Foreign Language Study


    Global Studies majors must be able to read, write, and speak at an intermediate level of proficiency in a language other than English, demonstrated by completion of SPA 206 , FRN 241 , FRN 242 , ITL 206  or an equivalent language course offered as part of a study abroad program or through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICU Rhode Island) Language Consortium. During their study abroad programs, Global Studies majors are required to study the native language of their study abroad destinations if the native language is not English. This requirement is waived for native speakers of languages other than English who decide to work on issues related to a region/problem in which they would not need further language study. Courses taken abroad may fulfill the Global Studies language requirement with the approval of the Chair of the Modern Languages department.

Degree Plan


Degree Plan for Global Studies (B.A.)
 
Fall
Spring
First Year
 
 
UNV101: University Seminar I (3 credits) &
FYT100: First Year Transitions (1 credit)
X
 
Core Course (SOA130: Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural [3 credits] or SOA110: The Sociological Imagination [3 credits] Recommended)
X
 
Foreign Language I (3 credits)
X
 
ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics (3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
 
UNV102: University Seminar II (3 credits)
 
X
Foreign Language II (3 credits)
 
X
GLO100: Introduction to Global Studies (3 credits)
 
X
MTH Core (MTH 171: Math in Social Sciences [3 credits] Recommended)
 
X
Science Core (BIO140: Humans and Their Environment [3 credits] &
BIO140L: Humans and Their Environment Lab [1 credit] Recommended)
 
X
Second Year
 
 
RTS225: Quest for the Ultimate (3 credits) or
PHL225: Quest for the Good Life (3 credits) (one each semester)
X
X
HIS Core (HIS265: Modern Global History [3 credits] Recommended)
X
 
Elective (3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
ENG Core (ENG205: Contemporary Global Literature [3 credits] Recommended)
X
 
Core Course (POL240: Comparative Politics [3 credits] Recommended)
 
X
CEG222: Research Methods (3 credits)
 
X
ENV334: Environmental Justice (3 credits)
 
X
Third Year
 
 
POL345: International Environment and Development (3 credits)
X
 
CEG390: Current Issues (3 credits)
X
 
GLO Concentration Course (3 credits)
X
 
GLO Concentration Course (3 credits)
X
 
GLO Concentration Course (3 credits)
X
 
Study Abroad- Consult with Center for Global Education & Fellowships in Spring of Year 2
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
 
X
Fourth Year
 
 
CEG450: Capstone (3 credits)
X
 
Art Core (3 credits) (ART202: Sculptural Concepts Recommended)
X
 
Elective workshop (1 credit)
X
X
GLO Concentration Course (3 credits)
X
 
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X

*Suggested Plan to Complete Degree Requirements


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