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Global Studies Major

Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ready to explore the cultures, history and politics that shape our world? Prepare to work across boundaries in an interconnected, global society? Earn a global studies degree from Bridgewater.

As a global studies major, you are strongly encouraged to explore a minor in your area of interest – world languages and cultures, economics, business, philosophy and religion, and more. – and to study abroad. See the world from new perspectives and experience life in another country.

Global Studies Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 43 credit hours distributed as follows:

Core Courses (19 credits)

Introduces scarcity opportunity cost and supply and demand analysis with special emphasis on aggregate economic growth unemployment inflation and fiscal and monetary policies. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education 2014 Social Sciences

Unit(s): 3

PSCI/
Interdisciplinary exploration of the power and dynamics of human similarities and differences on a global scale. Covers globalization from the perspective of identity and difference and provides opportunities to question contemporary assumptions values and patterns of behavior with the goal of making global interactions more constructive and more peaceful. Prerequisite PDP 150350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Introduces students to the world as a site of political activity. Examines institutions and processes on a global scale. Topics include sovereignty power globalization war multilateral institutions the environment trade development poverty and a variety of current events. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Introduces the diversity of political structures processes cultures ideologies and change (revolution democratization etc.) as manifested in multiple national political systems in the global community. Introduces the application of social science methods to political phenomena. Considers the outcomes of political systems for human well-being. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

An introduction to the production of knowledge about political phenomena. Topics include the relationship between theory and research formulation of research questions and research design and quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will understand and evaluate scholarly research in the field and conduct their own research projects.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of significant professional literature in political science and international studies through preparation and presentation of a major research paper.

Unit(s): 3

Global Processes (12 credits)

Theoretical and practical survey of intercultural communication processes. Examines intrapersonal interpersonal organizational and mass media dimensions of intercultural communication. The course specifically focuses on the distinctive cultural behaviors expectations values and power dynamics that affect our abilities to communicate effectively and people from diverse cultures. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Theory of international economic interrelationships including trade finance and monetary policies and institutions. Prerequisite ECON 200 or 210 General education 2014 global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

A human geographic exploration of all world regions emphasizing population cultural economic and political geographies. Prerequisites HIST 110 and either ECON 200 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

This courses explores the history of genocide. Examines origins of and paths to genocide including dynamics tied to imperialism race and nationalism also investigates the conception of the word genocide and the development of critical genocide studies as a field of inquiry. Specific case studies that occurred in modern history as well as broader themes give students the opportunity to wrestle with and compare historical dynamics historiographical discussions and theoretical conceptions. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Europeans relationship with the rest of the world from the origins of modern European empires in the 19th-century to the process of decolonization in the 20th-century to current debates about neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism. Examines the effects of empire on both the colonizers and the colonized. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

PSCI-335
History structures issues and politics of the United Nations and a consideration of the organizations role in world politics. This course may include travel to New York City or Washington DC. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education Global dynamics 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost for travel to Washington DC 150 Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts structures processes actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Major themes questions problems and events in global politics as chosen by the instructor. Students will engage in written and public discourse concerning topics that are global in scope and important to understanding politics in the twenty-first century. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
FILA global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Examination of major foreign policy issues facing the United States and consideration of policy options available. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 FILA general education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions rules and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights the International Criminal Court the World Trade Organization and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive Course Alternate years offered 2015-2016

Unit(s): 3

Political implications of global economic relations including such topics as the politics of trade monetary relations financial crises development global systems of production and consumption and multinational corporations. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General education global dynamics & writing intensive Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the students concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship signed by the student and the faculty sponsor must be filed with the Director of Internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the Director of Internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for three credits per semester and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of nine credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

Unit(s): 3

Comparative study of justice systems derived from major legal traditions. The development and application of these systems is examined with an emphasis on historical trends and social forces that shape them. Comparative themes include the role of political power public perceptions systems of morality constructions of guilt and corrections philosophies. Prerequisite SOC 101 Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Dilemmas tensions and theoretical and policy issues related to the position of Third World countries in the modern world. Questions of urbanization industrialization modernization westernization and distribution of economic resources are discussed. Various theories of development and underdevelopment are critically examined. Prerequisite PDP-150 or PDP-350 and SOC 101 General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Comparative and Regional Studies (12 credits)

Study of French and American Films and fiction to explore competing narratives and representations that have shaped perceptions of Viet nam in France and the United States. Special attention given to literature cinema and art by overseas Vietnamese in France and in the Unuited States. Readings and documentaries provide historical background and critical orientation to discuss how art reflects and influences society. Taught in English. Credit available for French majors and minors upon completion of a French language component. Prerequisite PDP 150 or 350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Reinforces more advanced syntactical structures of the language. Further develops these and vocabulary through expository persuasive argumentative and debate style speaking. Prerequisite FREN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

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Covers key topics in the modern history of France since 1871. Survey of the modern period of French history through the lens of a special topic. Topics may include France at war in the 20th century French intellectuals and the world multicultural France or social transformation in modern France. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Surveys developments in European history from the French Revolution to the present day. Major topics include the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe industrialization the rise of new ideologies and systems of thought the new Imperialism the World Wars and the Holocaust rise and fall of communism and the place of Europe in the world in the early 21st century. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines political economic and culture trends in British history from the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the present day. Modern Britain stands as one of the cornerstones of the contemporary world and its politics and culture influenced global society in countless way ranging from soccer to modern environmentalism to constitutional law. The course focuses on several major themes including the role of religion finance and industry the royal family sport and most important of all social class in building British society. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the major driving forces of modern British history and the ways that they compare and interrelate with Europe the United State and the world. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Explores womens histories within various global contexts. It stresses the construction of gender norms and their evolution over time and encourages comparison of womens lives and experiences across various cultural contexts. Topics include womens political rights and participation womens education and literacy womens sexuality and reproduction andor womens work. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Analyzes the connection between the medieval crusading movement and modern Middle Eastern terrorism by analyzing the historical context for claims used to justify violent Islamic extremism. Students work to build a balanced historical perspective and engage their social responsibility to present reasoned opinions in the public discourse over modern terrorism. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of western intervention imperialism and nation building in Central Asia and Afghanistan from the initial periods of Russian and British expansion into the region in the early eighteenth century to the American and NATO intervention in Afghanistan in the twenty-first century. Major themes include cultural and political interaction between local societies and the British Russians Soviets and Americans. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education 2014 world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Survey of East Asia (China and Japan) from 1800 to the present. Emphasis is upon the different paths towards modernity taken by each society the conflicts involved in the attainment of modernity and the impact of the West during the period. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Surveys the history of Modern Africa from the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present and places special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. It approaches the history of the continent through consideration of the nature and impact of European intrusion into African societies and African responses to European imperialism. Moreover the course examines how independent African nations have addressed the legacies of their history and the challenges independence has posed for African nations. Special topics include Apartheid the struggle against segregation African women feminism development and the difficulty in creating viable democracies and stable economies in the late twentieth-century. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

A study of major themes questions events and problems in non-western history chosen by the instructor. The course can be either global in perspective or specific to a region. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of India and Pakistan from the beginning of British rule in the early 1700s to the present. A region of the world that is by the day becoming more important to the Unites States and the West this class explores the major issues of modern South Asian history including the rise of British dominion the Indian revolt of 1857-58 the escalation of religious communalism growth of nationalism Indias partition and independence and the current nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan by focusing on the complex interplay between nationalism imperialism and the three major religions of the region - Hinduism Islam and Sikhism - over the last 300 years. Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Examines the history of Japan in the early modern and modern times. While chronologically surveying political economic social and cultural changes the course explores key themes including projects of building a modern nation-state and empire and of rebuilding the society after World War II and the roles played by gender family and nationalism in those projects. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3


Unit(s): 3

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes noting especially the challenges of democracy development and inequality. Examines the regions relationship with the rest of the world including the United States. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

The internship program provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the students concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship signed by the student and the faculty sponsor must be filed with the Director of Internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the Director of Internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for three credits per semester and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of nine credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

Unit(s): 3

Major living religions of the Near East stressing a sympathetic understanding of the illumination which is provided the adherents of each for daily living as well as some of the cultural expressions of each in those societies where they flourish. Religions studied include Judaism Christianity and Islam. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Major living religions of the Far East stressing a sympathetic understanding of the illumination which is provided the adherents of each for daily living as well as some of the cultural expressions of each in those societies where they flourish. Religions studied include Hinduism Buddhism and native Chinese religion. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and ENG 110 General Education world cultures Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

The racial social and cultural history of Africa in ancient and modern times. Attention is given to the impact of urbanization and to African responses to Western values and institutions as carried to the continent by the Colonial powers. Contemporary political and socioeconomic trends and problems. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and SOC 101 General education world cultures

Unit(s): 3

Through film this course studies the diversity of the peoples and cultures that make up the Hispanic world and the political social and economic topics and issues related to these cultures. Prerequisite
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education world cultures 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 250

Unit(s): 3

Develops and improves oral and listening skills broadens vocabulary and strengthens grammar. Engages students in functional daily conversations and expression of opinions on culture and current issues. Includes writing component related topics in the readings. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

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Reinforces more advanced syntactical structures of the language. Further develops these and vocabulary through expository persuasive argumentative and debate style speaking. Prerequisite SPAN 202 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Students may take one Internship (PSCI 480) toward the requirements for the major and apply the credits to either global processes or comparative and regional studies.

One international travel course (such as ART 307) or cultural exploration course (such as COMM 333X, ENG 240, FCS 250, FREN 305, SOC 363 or SOC 365, or SPAN 306 or SPAN 308X) may be used toward the comparative and regional studies requirement.

Students may substitute SOC 322 for PSCI 250.

Students may not double major in political science and global studies. Political science majors may minor in global studies, but the 15 credits from non-core areas must be taken in disciplines other than political science.

Students pursuing a global studies major are strongly encouraged to study abroad, to explore a minor relevant to their area of interest (world languages and cultures, economics, business, philosophy and religion, etc.), and to participate in an internship. Relevant internships through PSCI 480 earn credit toward the major.

Careers and Graduate Schools

What can you do with your global studies degree?

Like the department’s recent graduates, you might enter graduate schools such as:

  • Catholic University (International Studies) 
  • Clemson University (History)
  • The George Washington University (International Development and Business) 
  • James Madison University (History) 
  • Indiana University (Hispanic Literature)
  • Northwestern University (Politics/International Relations) 
  • University of Chicago (Middle Eastern Studies) 
  • University of Delaware (Public History) 
  • University of Pittsburgh (Security and Intelligence Studies)
  • University of Richmond (Law School)
  • University of South Carolina (Public History) 
  • Virginia Tech (Public Administration and Women’s Studies) 
  • West Virginia University (Doctoral History Program)

Or pursue a career in:

  • Government Services
  • International Organizations 
  • Law
  • Museum and Archival Work
  • Religion
  • Secondary and Higher Education

Learn more about employment and advancement in the field of political science from the American Political Science Association.

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Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Brandon Marsh, Department Chair
540-828-5657
bmarsh@bridgewater.edu