Global Studies

Global Studies Concentration

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary academic area that draws from a wide range of disciplines in the Humanities, the Sciences and the Arts to examine global processes and events and their effects at a local level. For the last two decades the world has been undergoing a sustained reorganization along economic, social, political, cultural, technological and environmental lines that cut across national boundaries. WSU has also experienced an increased global connectivity, integration and interdependence, and witnessed the emergence of planet wide issues such as climate change, poverty, new technologies and entrenched wars. In response to these real world events, Global Studies has emerged as a dynamic interdisciplinary academic field to study the forces shaping these complex processes.

The mission of the Global Studies concentration is to prepare students to understand international affairs and provide them with a solid background for decision-making in an increasingly interdependent world community. Students are encouraged to connect their knowledge of a particular region of the world to larger transnational processes and to examine their identities in a global frame. The interdisciplinary concentration in Global Studies will give students added skills to function in a global market and the depth of understanding necessary to be responsible citizens of planet Earth.

Requirements for a Concentration in Global Studies: 15 credits

Students are required to take a total of five Global Studies courses starting with GL-150 (Required) plus four electives chosen from across various disciplines. One of the elective courses has to be at a 200 level and another at either a 300 or 400 level. No more than two courses can be counted from the same department. Students are strongly encouraged to elect a world language course other than English and/or a study abroad course that meets the Global Studies criteria.

Global Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing from the faculty of all departments at Worcester State University. Each faculty member's information can be found at the respective department for each of the courses.

Sebastian Velez
Director of Global Studies
Assistant Professor of Biology

Global Studies Courses

GL-150 Introduction to Global Studies

This course analyzes the forces reorganizing the planet along economic, social, political, cultural, technological and environmental lines across national boundaries.

Every year. 3 Credits

GL/AB-210 Intermediate Arabic I

LASC Categories: TLC

Introduction in advanced rules of Arabic grammar and verb system, and in advanced writing and reading.

3 Credits

GL/AR-111 Art History: the Renaissance to Picasso

Study of the interrelationships of the visual arts with political, social, and intellectual developments in the Western world.

3 Credits

GL/AR-112 World Art Survey I

LASC Categories: TLC, CA

Surveys the world's major cultural achievements in the visual arts from the prehistoric period to ca 1400.

3 Credits

GL/AR-113 World Art Survey II

LASC Categories: CA, TLC

Major cultural achievements in the visual arts from ca 1400 to the early twentieth century.

3 Credits

GL/BA-305 Organizational Behavior

Prerequisites: BA-200

Study of organizational effectiveness and quality of working life, through individual, organizational, and contextual level theories and practices.

3 Credits

GL/BA-430 Administrative Practices and Management

Prerequisites: BA-305

Overview and analysis of human conduct in work-organization settings.

3 Credits

GL/BA-440 International Business and Management

Prerequisites: BA-316 BA-318

Study and analyze the nature, structures and strategies of international/global businesses. examine international markets, economic systems, value-chains and core competencies of a firm.

3 Credits

GL/BA-494 International Marketing

Prerequisites: EC-120 BA-318

With the rapid and continuous changes in global environment we will examine the complex issues in international marketing faced by today's manager.

3 Credits

GL/BI-112 Diseases and Mankind

LASC Categories: NSP, GP

Diseases of ancient and modern man; the impact on history, religion, science, art and philosophy.

3 Credits

GL/BI-114 Plants and Human Affairs

LASC Categories: GP, NSP

Man's dependence upon plants and their influence on civilization and its art, religions, literature, folklore, medicine, and human behavior.

3 Credits

GL/BI-199 Selected Topics in Biological Sciences

Each topic is a lecture and/or laboratory course in a selected area of the biological sciences presented by a departmental instructor. Topics will be announced in advance.

1-4 Credits

GL/BI-202 Principles of Ecology

LASC Categories: NLL, WAC

Prerequisites: BI-106 or BI-140, one course from MA-110 MA-180 MA-150 MA-190 or MA-200 and EN-102, EN-202, or EN-250

Basic ecological theory relating to organism-environment interactions; population dynamics, and ecosystems. Three hours of lecture and a three-hour laboratory per week.

4 Credits

GL/CH-106 Paper Or Plastics?

LASC Categories: NSP

Students will study modern issues related to chemistry. These will include sustainability, green chemistry, climate change and ozone layer.

3 Credits

GL/CH-320 Environmental Chemistry

Prerequisites: CH-120 and either CH-121 or CH-201

Chemistry of the atmosphere, soil, and natural water systems, air and water pollution water treatment, hazardous wastes and pollution control.

3 Credits

GL/CM-107 Journalism and Democracy

This course introduces students to the history of American journalism and the role of journalism in democractic and non-democratic societies.

3 Credits

GL/CM-191 Special Topics

Introductory course to cover various topics

3 Credits

GL/CM-271 Media and Globalization

This course examines the emergence of global media and its impact on the development of a global world.

3 Credits

GL/CM-350 Intercultural Communication

Prerequisites: CM-100

Introductory communication theory and practice across cultural groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, nationality,politics and economics.

3 Credits

GL/CM-390 Alternative Communication

Prerequisites: CM-103

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of alternative communication and its relationship with culture and politics. [Cross-listed with WO/CM-390.]

3 Credits

GL/EC-210 Current Economic Issues

Prerequisites: EC-110 EC-120

This course is designed to connect economic knowledge and theory acquired at the introductory level to current economic issues and policy.

3 Credits

GL/EC-307 International Finance

Study of how international trade and investment is financed in a world of floating, fixed and managed exchange rate systems.

3 Credits

GL/EC-308 International Trade

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EC-110 EC-120

3 Credits

GL/EC-403 Special Topics in Economics

Prerequisites: EC-200 and EC-201

Coverd selected topics in economics of mutual interest to the student and faculty.

1-3 Credits

GL/ED-271 International and Comparative Education

LASC Categories: ICW, GP

This course compares the educational policies to practices and outcomes to two or more countries

3 Credits

GL/ED-339 Children's Literature: Multicultural Literature for PK-9

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Facets of literature for children and criteria for the selection of each, techniques and preparation and use.

3 Credits

GL/EN-107 Journalism and Democracy

This course introduces students to the history of American journalism and the role of journalism in democratic and non-democratic societies.

3 Credits

GL/EN-132 World Literature: Survey of Asian, African and Latin American Literature

LASC Categories: DAC, GP, TLC

3 Credits

GL/EN-167 Literature and Human Rights

LASC Categories: GP, DAC, HBS

An analysis of in ternational creative writing dealing with the subject of human rights. Resource persons from different fields will be utilized.

3 Credits

GL/EN-169 Ethnic Literature in the U.S.

LASC Categories: TLC, USW, DAC

Study of ehtnic literature in the U.S., focusing on African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Native American writers.

3 Credits

GL/EN-240 Survey of Postcolonial and Transcultural Literature

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EN-102 or EN-250

Introduction to literatures in English from formerly colonized countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, and from the postcolonial diaspora.

3 Credits

GL/EN-348 Postcolonial Women's Writing

LASC Categories: GP

Prerequisites: EN-102

Writing by women from colonized and formerly colonized countries on local and global issues shaping women's lives and creative expression.

3 Credits

GL/EN-400 Seminar

Prerequisites: EN-102

Student prsentations on individual figures and particular problems in literature.

3 Credits

GL/EN-450 Special Topics in English

Prerequisites: EN-102

Specific content will vary in response to particular student and faculty interests.

3 Credits

GL/FR-191 Special Topics in French

An introductory level course in French on current or specialized topics.

3 Credits

GL/FR-210 Intermediate French I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Prerequisites: FR-102

Review of fundamentals and presentation of more comlpex grammatical features; development of conversational skills; selected readings, written and oral composition.

3 Credits

GL/FR-211 Intermediate French II

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Continuation of FR 210.

3 Credits

GL/FR-321 Advanced French Composition

LASC Categories: TLC, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102 or EN-250 or EN-202

Practice in diverse composition styles as well as review of grammar, and introduction to reading French texts. Conducted in French. [Prerequisite: Two 200-level French courses.]

3 Credits

GL/FR-323 Advanced French Conversation

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: 2 courses From Subject FR; From Levels 200 300 400;

Pronunciation and comprehension exercises, discussions, practice in paragraph, essay and letter writing.

3 Credits

GL/FR-346 Twentieth Century French Literature

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Prerequisites: 2 courses From Subjects FR; From Levels 200;

Major novelists, dramatists, and poets from the turn of the century to the present. Conducted in French.

3 Credits

GL/GE-102 Human Geography

LASC Categories: HBS, GP

Introduction to human geography, emphasizing globalization, human-environment relations, and other processes of change. Spatial patterns and spatial interaction in human activities, including population, development, economics, politics, urbanization and culture.

3 Credits

GL/GE-110 World Regional Geography I

LASC Categories: GP, HBS

This survey examines characteristics of land and peoples of Europe and Asia.

3 Credits

GL/GE-111 World Regional Geography II

LASC Categories: GP, HBS

Analysis of the physical, cultural and economic regions of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

3 Credits

GL/GE-255 Geography of Africa

Prerequisites: one of the following: GE-102, GL/GE-102, GE-111, GL/GE-111, GL-150, SO-100, SO-110, UR-101.

Anaylsis of the physical and human geography of Africa.

3 Credits

GL/GE-258 Global Environmental Change

Prerequisites: one course from GE-102, GL/GE-102, GS-101, GS-150 NS-150 and UR-101 or CH-106

Introduction to the science, political economy and ethics of global environmental change.

3 Credits

GL/GE-285 Sustainable Communities

LASC Categories: HBS, USW

Prerequisites: one of the following: GE-102, GL/GE-102, GL-150, EC-110, EC-120.

Exploration of changes in US and global economic landscape, 1970 to present. Approaches to sustainable economic development.

3 Credits

GL/GE-308 Environment and Development

Prerequisites: GE-258.

The global ecology of rich and poor environmental implications of poverty, economic development, mass consumption, globalization and demographic change.

3 Credits

GL/GE-312 Sustainable Food Systems

Prerequisites: GE-102 and one 200 level course from subjects GE GS SO UR

Overview of the structure, evolution, costs and benefits of the global food system. Exploration of local and global alternatives.

3 Credits

GL/GE-360 Geography of the Middle East

Prerequisites: GE-102

The Middle East: geography, society, economics and political structure.

3 Credits

GL/HC-202 Introduction to Global Health

LASC Categories: ICW, GP, DAC

This course is an overview and will focus on the developing world from a population and prevention perspective.

3 Credits

GL/HC-403 Department Workshop in Community Health

The subject matter of this course will be refective of the changing isssues within the field of community health.

3 Credits

GL/HE-390 Environmental Health

Prerequisites: HE-100.

Examination of the issues affecting the environment and their impact on individual and global health.

3 Credits

GL/HE-400 Departmental Workshop

Current issues in Health.

3 Credits

GL/HI-103 World Civilization I

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Surveys economic, social, political and intellectual developments of world civilizations and their inter-relationship from ancient times to 1500.

3 Credits

GL/HI-104 World Civilization II

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Surveys economic, social, political, and intellectual development of world civilizations and their inter-relationship from 1500 to 1914.

3 Credits

GL/HI-105 World Civilization III

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Surveys economic, social, political, and intellectual development of world civilizations and their inter-relationship from 1914 to the present.

3 Credits

GL/HI-112 US History II

LASC Categories: CON, USW

From the Civil War era to the present. Topics include politics, society, economy, diplomacy, and culture in Modern America.

3 Credits

GL/HI-193 Special Topics in History for First Year Students

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students. Offered only as a First Year Seminar.

3 Credits

GL/HI-201 International Relations I

LASC Categories: USW, GP, WAC

Prerequisites: PO-101, or HI-103, or HI-104, and EN-102.

Theory and practice of international security (realism and internationalism) and international political economy (liberalism and protectionism) in their historical context.

3 Credits

GL/HI-202 International Relations II

LASC Categories: USW, GP, WAC

Prerequisites: one of the following: PO-101, or HI-103, or HI-104, and EN-102.

The promise and problems of globalization (spread of free market capitalism and political democracy).

3 Credits

GL/HI-204 History of Science and Technology

Progress of science from the Enlightenment, including applied science or technology from the 19th century. Complements History of Mathematics.

3 Credits

GL/HI-205 Native America

This survey covers the broad sweep of native American history and focuses on the encounter between American and European civilizations and how Native culture has adapted through the centuries.

3 Credits

GL/HI-208 American Immigrant History

Survey of immigration. Topics such as old-world background, impact on US, nativism, cultural pluralism, religion, mobility, family and politics.

3 Credits

GL/HI-213 Colonial Latin America

The People of Latin America from Pre-Columbian societies to the wars for independence, focusing on race, sex and power.

3 Credits

GL/HI-214 Modern Latin America

LASC Categories: TLC, GP, DAC

The people of Latin America from independence to the present, focusing on race, sex and power.

3 Credits

GL/HI-221 African-American History I

The people of African descent from the emergence of the slave trade to the Civil War, focusing on race, gender, and power.

3 Credits

GL/HI-224 English History I

Prerequisites: HI-103 or HI-104

English history from earliest settlement to the reign of Elizabeth I. Origins of the Common Law, Parliament, and English liberty.

3 Credits

GL/HI-225 English History II

Prerequisites: HI-224

English history through the English Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire, the World Wars, and decline.

3 Credits

GL/HI-226 Latin American History Through Film

This course will explore how filmmakers have portrayed Latin American History in their movies.

3 Credits

GL/HI-230 Nicaragua, the US and the World

LASC Categories: USW, DAC, TLC

This course will examine the impact of globalization and imperialism on the lives of Nicaraguans at home and in their diasporic communities.

3 Credits

GL/HI-237 Modern Far East History II

Civilizations dramatically different from our own. focusing upon China, Japan, and Southeast Asia since 1600.

3 Credits

GL/HI-247 Central America and the Caribbean

This survey examines the political, cultural and social history of Central America and the Caribbean from pre-Columbian times to the present with an emphasis on the 20th century.

3 Credits

GL/HI-248 Seminar on Globalization and Human Rights

LASC Categories: USW, GP, DAC

A.I.D. program participants in their sophomore year will explore globalization and human rights and issues of personal growth and academic development.

3 Credits

GL/HI-250 Special Topics in History

Special topics at the introductory or intermediate level; especially appropriate for first ans second-year student.

3 Credits

GL/HI-251 The Roots of China's Rise: Reform, Revolution, and Reinvention

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Examines the modern historical roots of China's rise as an international power, from the decline of its last imperial dynasty through the tumults of 20th century social movements to its recent emergence as a global economic power.

3 Credits

GL/HI-261 Middle East History I

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

The rise and expansion of Islam; the Caliphate; Muslim religion, civilization and its impact on the West, decline of medieval Islam.

3 Credits

GL/HI-267 US-Latin American Relations

LASC Categories: USW, WAC, DAC

This course will analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural impact of the interactions between and among governments and people of the US and Latin America.

3 Credits

GL/HI-308 Europe in the Age of Revolution and Nationalism: 1789-1870

Prerequisites: HI-103 or HI-104

The French Revolution, Napolean, Congress of Vienna; nationalism, liberalism, socialism; Second French Empire; German and Italian unification.

3 Credits

GL/HI-314 Twentieth Century Middle East History

Prerequisites: HI-103 or HI-104 or HI-105 or HI-111 or HI-112 or HI-261

The Young Turk Revolution, division of Ottoman Empire in World War I; rise of new states; the Arab-Israeli conflict.

3 Credits

GL/HI-330 Politics of the Middle East I

Prerequisites: one of the following: HI-104, or HI-105, or HI-111, or HI-112, or PO-101, or HI-261, or HI-314.

Discusses governments and politics of eastern Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and Israel. International rivalries in the area are also discussed. [Cross listed as PO330.]

3 Credits

GL/HI-335 Imperial Crossroads of Modern East Asia

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Examines East Asian history at the crossroads of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Korean colonial and nationalist movements in a region called Manchuria, presently China's northeast border with Russia, Korea, and Mongolia.

3 Credits

GL/HI-337 Travels in Asia

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Travels in Asic examines modern East Asian history through the lens of Chinese, Japanese, European, and American travel narratives from the seventeenththrough the twentieth centuries.

3 Credits

GL/HI-450 Special Topics in History

3 Credits

GL/MU-140 World Music

LASC Categories: CA

An introduction to music of various cultures and continents including music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and India.

3 Credits

GL/OT-411 Occupational Therapy International Service Learning Experience

Instruction in occupational therapy methods with an experiential component providing intervention to an underserved population in a foreign country.

2 Credits

GL/PH-150 Women in Western Ideas

LASC Categories: HBS, TLC, DAC

Investigates the concept of woman from ancient Greece to the present.

3 Credits

GL/PH-170 Ancient Chinese Philosophies in a Cultural Perspective

LASC Categories: GP, TLC

Ancient Chinese philosophies of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and neo-Confucianism in the context of contemporary developments in China; Communism, capitalism, and Western influences considered.

Every year. 3 Credits

GL/PH-172 Asian Philosophies and Contemporary Perspectives

LASC Categories: GP

Studies the philosophies of India, China, Japan, and the vitality of ancient traditions in a time of cultural change: Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Jainism,Hinduism and Islam.

3 Credits

GL/PH-177 Introduction to Latin American Philosophy

LASC Categories: TLC, DAC, GP

An introduction to current and longstanding debates within Latin American philosophy.

3 Credits

GL/PH-230 Religious Philosophies, East and West

An examination of the major religious systems, both oriental and occidental.

3 Credits

GL/PH-241 Genocide and Human Rights

LASC Categories: GP, USW

This course treats the ethical, political, and other dimensions of systematic mass violence through case studies and general theoretical analyses.

3 Credits

GL/PH-250 Global Feminism

LASC Categories: TLC, GP

Investigates the theoretical underpinnings of women's movements for equal rights around the globe.

3 Credits

GL/PH-251 Mass Violence Against Women

LASC Categories: USW, GP

A philosophy-based, interdisciplinary course examining historical and contemporary mass violence against women.

3 Credits

GL/PH-290 Advanced Special Topics in Philosophy

A treatment of current or special topics for students beyond the introductory level.

Every year. 3 Credits

GL/PO-201 International Relations I

LASC Categories: USW, GP, WAC

Prerequisites: PO-101 HI-103 or HI-104 and EN-102

Theory and practice of international security (realism and internationalism) and international political economy (liberalism and protectionism) in their historical context.

3 Credits

GL/PO-202 International Relations II

LASC Categories: USW, GP, WAC

Prerequisites: one of the following: PO-101, or HI-103, or HI-104, and EN-102.

The promise and problems of globalization (spread of free market capitalism and political democracy).

3 Credits

GL/PO-330 Politics of the Middle East I

Prerequisites: one of the following: HI-104, or HI-105, or HI-111, or HI-112, or PO-101, or HI-261, or HI-314.

Discusses governments and politics of eastern Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and Israel. International rivalries in the area are also discussed. [Cross listed as HI330.]

3 Credits

GL/PS-365 Cultural Psychology

LASC Categories: TLC, HBS, WAC

Prerequisites: PS-101 EN-102 PS-210

This course addresses the role culture plays in human psychological processes and approaches to researching cultural aspects of human action.

3 Credits

GL/SO-110 Cultural Anthropology

Cross cultural analysis of the human capacity, for adaptation and technological and ideological development. Significant field studies will be examined.

3 Credits

GL/SO-199 Special Topics

Prerequisites: SO-100

Introductory level topics. Topic announced at pre-registration.

3 Credits

GL/SO-270 Social Theory I

Prerequisites: SO-100

Fundamental concepts and intellectual traditions, especially the contributions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Toennes, Durkheim, and Simmel.

3 Credits

GL/SO-299 Special Topics: Sociology

Prerequisites: SO-100.

Intermediate level topics. Topic announced at pre-registration.

3 Credits

GL/SO-420 Seminar in Sociology

Advanced study topics in selected areas of sociology; announcement made at pre-registration time.

1-3 Credits

GL/SO-425 Global Development

LASC Categories: GP, HBS, WAC

Prerequisites: EN-102

This course gives an overview of the field of development and processes of development and underdevelopment in developing countries.

3 Credits

GL/SP-191 Special Topics in Spanish

An introductory level course in Spanish or in current or specialized topics.

3 Credits

GL/SP-193 Special Topics in Spanish for First Year Students

Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first year students. Offered only as a First Year Seminar.

3 Credits

GL/SP-323 Spanish Conversation I

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: two SP-200 level courses or higher.

Intensive conversational practice for improving intonation, pronunciation, fluency, review of language usage. this course is for non-native speakers only.

3 Credits

GL/SP-324 Advanced Spanish Conversation II

LASC Categories: TLC

Prerequisites: SP-323 or equivalent.

Continuation of SP 323.

3 Credits

GL/SP-332 The Hispanic World Today

LASC Categories: DAC, GP

Prerequisites: two SP 200 level courses or higher.

3 Credits

GL/SP-349 Spanish-American Literature

Prerequisites: SP 321, SP 323, SP 324.

Representative works from South and Central American authors from the colonial period to the present.

3 Credits

GL/SP-401 Advanced Study: Special Topics

Special topics in language, literature, civilization or field work of mutual interest to student and instructor.

3 Credits

GL/UR-191 Special Topics

This introductory course will cover topics in Urban Studies which are of special interest to first-year students.

3 Credits

GL/UR-201 Analysis of Urban Systems

LASC Categories: HBS

3 Credits

GL/UR-213 Human Identity and Urban Environment

Prerequisites: UR-101.

Study of factors affecting identity in contempory urban settings including race, ethnicity, class, age, and sex categories and roles.

3 Credits

GL/UR-290 Gender and the City

LASC Categories: WAC, GP, HBS

Prerequisites: EN-102

Exploration of ways in which gender, both male and frmale, structures responses of individuals to urban life and spaces.

3 Credits

GL/UR-353 Aging in a Global Society

LASC Categories: GP, DAC

Explores the ramification of unrelenting Global Aging, focusing on the questions, what are old people for and the connections across generations

3 Credits

GL/UR-421 Selected Topics: Urban Studies

Prerequisites: UR-101

In-depth examination of topical issues challenging the intellectual and creative interests of advanced students in urban studies.

3 Credits

GL/UR-422 Selected Topics: Gerontology

In-depth examination of topical issues in gerontology which afford the advanced student the opportunity to pursue gerontological research.

3 Credits

GL/UR-440 Practicum in Urban Studies

Prerequisites: UR-101

Directed experiential study for advanced students.

1-3 Credits