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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State University Park

Begin Date of Enrollment Hold: Fall Semester 2015

Global and International Studies

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (GLOBE)


The interdisciplinary major in Global and International Studies is intended to prepare students for lives and careers in a world that is increasingly interdependent. It reflects a "One World" concept that emphasizes the importance of global perspectives, foreign language study, and education or working experience abroad. The structure of the major also recognizes the fact that the majority of the world's people live in regions other than the European and North American sphere, and that a knowledge of non-Anglophone cultures is an important form of preparation for global citizenship. Because students need specific fields of knowledge as well as a global framework, this major is available only as a concurrent or sequential major, and students must first have a primary major. Some components of the Global and International Studies requirements may overlap with those of the primary major; for details, consult the adviser for the Global and International Studies major.

The degree (e.g., B.A., B.S., B.F.A., etc.) will normally match that of the student's first major.

Students in baccalaureate degree programs other than those leading to the B.A. who desire a B.A. degree in International Studies will receive concurrent degrees and have to fulfill all requirements for concurrent degrees and for the B.A. degree as indicated under "Concurrent Majors and Sequential Majors" in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of this bulletin and under "Baccalaureate Degree Requirements" at the beginning of this college section.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

This major also requires significant experience abroad, of at least 8 weeks in length. The requirement for experience abroad can be fulfilled by formal study abroad, and/or approved internship or employment or comparable experience (such as Peace Corps service).

CMLIT 010 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-6)

Select 3 credits in Global Approaches from the following: A&A 100 GA;IL(3), ANTH 045 GS;US;IL(3), CMLIT 013 GH;IL(3), CMLIT 143 GH;US;IL(3), ECON 004 GS(3), FR 139 GH;IL(3), GEOG 040 GS;IL(3), HIST 010 GH;IL(3), HIST 011 GH;IL(3), MUSIC 009 GA;IL(3), PL SC 003 GS;IL(3), PL SC 014 GS;IL(3), RL ST 001 GH;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-6)


(Must include at least 12 credits at the 400 level)

A. Foreign Language
Select 12 credits EITHER in a language beyond the 12th -credit-level proficiency OR in a second foreign language, or equivalent proficiencies.[Note; For foreign language majors, study must be in a foreign language other than primary major.] (Sem: 1-5)

B. Global Perspectives (6 credits)
Select from departmental list. One course in this area or in Area C must be a 400-level course in CMLIT.

C. World Regions (6 credits)
Select from departmental list. 6 credits in courses focused on one of the following world regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern European and Slavic Cultures, Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Middle East. Language courses beyond the sixth semester are eligible if they focus on significant content beyond language skills. One course in this area or in Area B must be a 400-level course in CMLIT.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 38-05-100

Review Date: 02/23/2010

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07



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