Global Studies majors are expected (& minors are encouraged) to participate in a Glbl St Summer Travel Study program. These travel study programs, offered at several strategic locations around the world, act as a lens allowing students to see first-hand how the issues addressed in the Global Studies core curriculum are playing out around the world in places with distinctive histories and cultures.
The Glbl St Summer Travel Study programs consist of two intensive research-based courses, Glbl St 110A: Globalization in Context (5 units) and Glbl St 110B: Globalization In Context Research Seminar (5 units), taken together over a 4 to 5 week period. They have prerequisites of Glbl St 1, Glbl St 100A, and Glbl St 100B, which must be completed prior to the start of the summer program, and are all taught in English (there are no language prerequisites). Through these courses, students explore the multifaceted nature of contemporary globalization through social, political, and economic themes. Students will examine the expansion of markets and its relationship to political processes and social dynamics. General themes about marketization, democratization and culture and identity will be analyzed in the context of the particular experiences of different locations around the world. The courses will combine required readings with class room discussion, experiential learning, and primary research.
Glbl St 110A and Glbl St 110B are required courses for the Global Studies Major. The optional Glbl St 199 course (Directed Research in Global Studies, resulting in a research paper) offered through the Summer Travel Study program can be petitioned to be used towards an elective requirement, where relevant.
Glbl St 110A and Glbl St 110B are optional courses for the Global Studies Minors. Students may apply the two courses towards any two electives for the minor (Culture & Society, Governance & Conflict, or Markets). The optional Glbl St 199 course (Directed Research in Global Studies, resulting in a research paper) offered through the Summer Travel Study program can be used towards the 3rd and final elective requirement for the minor.