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Global Studies (GLS) Minor

(fits with any major in the liberal arts and sciences or professional studies)

Requirements (18 hours)

  • GLS 101 Global Perspectives (prerequisite/introductory course)
  • Any TWO 300-level GLS Global Issues Seminars (see below)
  • Two additional semesters of foreign language (beyond the Degree requirement)
  • Minimum of 3 hours of approved Study Abroad experience
    • Maymester study abroad trip (3 hrs) qualifies for this requirement
    • For Nursing majors: Health Care Missions-Abroad (3 hrs) qualifies


  • GLS 290 Model United Nations (NOTE: you do NOT need to be a GLS minor, or have taken GLS 101 for Model UN)
  • GLS 360 Global Studies Internship
  • Weeklong Lugar Fellow Spring Break Program in Washington, DC

GLS 101 Global Perspectives
Course Description: 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)

Take ANY TWO of these 300-level GLS courses (offered on a rotating basis):

GLS/THL 358 Religion and Globalization
Course Description: 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.

GLS/POL 361 Politics of the Global Economy
Course description: 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. 

GLS/HIS 365 Topics in Global History
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. This course will 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. 

GLS/PSY 367 Cross-Cultural Psychology
Course description: 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.

GLS 375/ENG 375 Global Cinema
Course description: 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.

GLS/SOC 377 Global Health Issues and Interventions
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

GLS/COM 3XX Global Food Narratives
How far does that tomato travel before it reaches your salad? Why will Americans never find Jamaican bananas in their local grocery store? What does it mean to eat locally in a world that is increasingly globally connected? These are just some of the questions that we will work to answer this semester in Global/Local Food Narratives. In order to explore these questions and more, we will read works of nonfiction, such as Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Food by Gary Paul Nabhan, delve into scholarly explorations of globalization and neoliberalism through texts like Planet of Slums by Mike Davis, and find out how we can understand food with rhetorical theory.

GLS 380 Special Topics in Global Studies

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