Undergraduate Course Catalog 2012-2013

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Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 51

Contemporary Global Studies majors choose either a concentration in Political Science or a concentration in History. CGS majors consult advisors in the area of concentration, either Political Science or History.  Political Science majors may not major in CGS with a Political Science concentration;  History majors may not major in CGS with a History concentration. 

[Students seeking a business-focused curriculum should consult the Program Director of International Business in the College of Business.]

I. Core Courses (21)
04-346 Business-Government Relations in the Global Economy (3)
09-102 Culture and Civilization II (3)
18-250 Research Methods (3)
18-362 History of Political Thought II (3)
26-100 General Psychology (3)
26-285 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3)
61-210 Introduction to Contemporary Global Studies (3)

II. The student must choose one of two Concentrations:  Political Science/International Relations or History (21)

Option 1.  Political Science/International Relations Concentration

A. Required Courses (6)
18-200 American National Government (3)
18-410 International Relations Capstone (3)

B. Select 5 of the following: (15)
18-321 Comparative Government (3)
18-331 International Relations (3)
18-336 American Foreign Policy (3)
18-337 International Topics (3)
18-361 History of Political Thought I (3)
18-362 History of Political Thought II (3)
18-364 Political Ideologies (3)
18-368 Non-Western Political Thought (3)

Option 2. History Concentration

A. Required Courses (12)
09-203 Historiography I: Sophomore Writing Seminar (1)
09-323 The Emergence of Modern America, 1877-1941 (3)
09-325 United States Since 1941 (3)
09-337 Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race in American History (3)
09-403 Historiography II: Senior Research Seminar (2)

B. Select 3 courses from the following regional clusters: (9)

Latin America
09-211 Latin American and Caribbean History: Ancient Times to the Present (3)
09-384 France and Spain (3)
20-315 Sociology of Latinas/os in the United States (3)

09-261 History of India: Ancient Times to the Present (3)
09-351 Modern China (3)
09-352 Modern Japan (3)

Europe/Eastern Europe
09-372 Modern Europe (1815-Present) (3)
09-385 Russia: Ancient Times to the Present (3)
09-386 Eastern Europe: From the Baltic to the Black Sea (3)

III. International Experience Courses (3)

A. Study Abroad Options (1-3)
21-120 International Experience Seminar (1)

Study Abroad courses approved by the CGS advisor may be applied to the International Experience requirement up to 3 credits.

B. Approved Local Internship Options (1-3)
09-398 Internship for History Majors (1-3)
18-398 Internship in Political Science (1-3)

C. International Experience Short Courses (1-3)

These short courses include workshops, Travel Study, or other credit-bearing experiences with an international focus approved by the advisor.

IV. Foreign Language Requirement (6)

Students majoring in Contemporary Global Studies are required to complete 6 credit hours in a foreign language.  Credits earned through accepted assessment examinations apply. Three hours may be waived for heritage speakers of a foreign language who demonstrate collegiate proficiency to the satisfaction of the advisor. All majors must complete at least one college course (3 credit hours) of a foreign language. 

V. Capstone Course: Either 18-410 (Political Science) or 09-203/403 (History) satisfies the advanced writing requirement for General Education.

VI. General Education:  Recommended selections include 06-334 Non-Western Literature; 19-298 Christianity and World Religions; 18-210 State and Local Government; 04-195 The American Economy or 04-200 Basic Macroeconomics.

VII.  Some Study Abroad courses may satisfy core or concentration requirements.  See CGS advisor.