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Global Studies Minor

fits with any major at Marian University

Today’s era of globalization produces new opportunities as well as challenges. The successful university graduate will need a new set of skills and knowledge bases—including the life-changing experience of studying abroad—in order to understand, maneuver in, and contribute to this increasingly complex world. Marian University’s Global Studies (GLS) students learn to think critically and address a wide variety of global issues in an ethically conscious manner.

Requirements

18 hours

  • GLS 101 Global Perspectives (prerequisite/introductory course)
  • Any two 300-level GLS Global Issues Seminars (see below)
  • Six additional hours of foreign language (beyond B.A./B.S. requirement)
  • Minimum of three hours of approved study abroad experience
  • Optional: GLS 360 Global Studies Internship
  • Optional: for (merit-based) Lugar Fellow GLS minors: week-long Lugar Fellow spring break program in Washington, DC
  • Global Studies Club
  • Global Studies Speaker Series (including exclusive GLS meetings with speakers)

Study Abroad

Once you join the Global Studies program, you'll need to get a passport. All GLS students will go abroad, for a summer or semester’s study, or for one of Marian University’s faculty-led, three-credit “Maymester” trips. LFCGS works in close coordination with Marian University’s director of study abroad to ensure that you will obtain an exciting and rewarding study abroad experience.

Courses

GLS 101 Global Perspectives
Pierre Atlas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science Director of Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies

This course will introduce you to the political, economic, cultural, and social processes that generate increasing interdependence and globalization. The course will examine the global-local connections of contemporary issues and concerns, develop and encourage critical thinking about global issues, and introduce Marian University’s Franciscan values as an interpretive framework for analysis and discussion. (FAL)

GLS/THL 358 Religion and Globalization
Reverend Levi Williams, Th.D.
Lecturer in Theology

The principal focus of this Global Issues Seminar will be an investigation into how globalization has impacted Christianity (Catholicism, Protestantism, and Pentecostalism), Islam, and Buddhism, as well as how these faiths are influencing globalization. The geographical focus will be Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Class will include field trips to various places of worship. Prerequisite is GLS 101 or permission of instructor. (2SO)

GLS/POL 361 Politics of the Global Economy
Pierre Atlas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science Director of Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies

This course examines the relationship between politics and economics in a global context. It begins with a survey of the major competing theories, perspectives and classic readings of international political economy (including liberal, mercantilist, and structuralist). Course will then examine the contemporary international economic system, the relationship between the state and economy in the developed and developing worlds, and the current dynamics and challenges of globalization.  (2SE)

GLS/HIS 365 Topics in Global History
Raymond J. Haberski Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and History and Social Science Department Chair
other History and Social Science faculty

This course will provide students an opportunity to consider world history theoretically by engaging significant texts, intellectually through broad ideas with trans-cultural influence, and comparatively through case studies. Students will read texts from theorists such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Edward Said, Ian Tyrrell, William H. McNeil, and Philip Curtin. They will contend with ways to conceptualize world history through ideas such as empire and revolution; trade and poverty; war and politics of the other. This course will attempt to immerse students in different historical periods and places through art, literature, film, and texts. It will introduce students to ways of seeing historically that address time, scale, the personal as well as the political. The topics surveyed in the course will be flexible and change as the course is taught by different faculty in the history program.  (2FE)

GLS/PSY 367 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Faye Plascak-Craig, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Department of Psychology Chair

This course addresses the impact of cultural diversity, across the globe, on the study of human behavior and the mind. Topics will cover cross-cultural research methods, ethnocentrism’s effect on prejudice, basic psychological processes affected by culture, gender development, health communication, self development, mental disorder, and social and organizational behavior. Short response essays, journal analyses, an analytical paper, opinion surveys, and discussions will reinforce student learning in this course. (2SO)

GLS 375/ENG 375 Global Cinema
David Shumate, M.A.
Assistant Professor of English

This Global Studies/Film Studies course will examine trends in international cinema from its inception through the twentieth century with a particular emphasis on the depiction of human dignity. The course will meet twice a week for two-and-a-half hours—half of which will be used for screening the film, and the other half will be devoted to lecture and discussion. The class will begin with German silent cinema and include films from France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, India, China, Japan, and Iran. (2FO)

GLS/SOC 377 Global Health Issues and Interventions
Heather Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology

The Global Health Issues and Interventions course is intended to provide global studies students a comprehensive examination of numerous health and illness topics within the context of social, cultural, political, and economic arenas. The goal is to provide students with knowledge that would assist them in understanding and addressing the health needs of various communities around the world. Each week we will focus on a particular health-related issue and will include an initial lecture with key points, followed with a tutorial/workshop, and conclude with discussion and debate. Students are expected to engage in weekly readings, gain practical insight into current global medical issues, and apply appropriate frameworks in response to global medical issues. Students are also expected to the follow the key points for each lecture, and engage fruitfully and intellectually into class discussions and debates with substantiated information. (2FO)

GLS 380 Special Topics in Global Studies
courses to be developed/taught by additional departments/faculty

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