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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Global Studies

Berks College (GLBST)

PROFESSOR KIRWIN SHAFFER, Program Coordinator

This major is designed for students who are interested in a liberal arts degree with a concentration in global studies. Featuring both active and collaborative classroom experiences in addition to intensive study abroad/internship experiences, the program is designed for students who wish to develop a set of analytical and interpersonal skills that will prepare them for entry-level employment in a wide range of government and non-profit organizations and agencies and in businesses and industry. Because of the flexible and broad nature of the degree, students might also use this major as preparation for graduate or professional school in business, law, or the social sciences. This program differs most notably from traditional majors in international/global studies by requiring core courses in world literature and intercultural communication, while retaining the traditional foreign language, history, and political science emphasis of most other programs. Study abroad and an internship with an international organization are also important features of this degree.

For the B.A. degree in Global Studies, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 15 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 39 credits[1]
Including 24 credits at the 400 level (9-15 credits of which are included in the prescribed courses, the other 9-15 must be chosen from the option tracks below). A minimum of 3 credits of study abroad (meeting any requirement) and 3 credits of INTST 495 are required for the completion of this degree. Courses meeting major requirements may be taken abroad; however, typically courses taken abroad will qualify to meet a students's optino, internship, and/or language requirements.

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 18-24 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (18-24 credits)
PL SC 014 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
HIST 320W(3) (Sem: 1-6)
CAS 271 US;IL(3) (Sem:3-4)
ENGL 403(3) (Sem: 3-6)
INTST 495 (3-9), PL SC 440(3) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 15-21 credits

LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE OPTION: (15-21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-21 credits)
Select 15-21 credits from the following list of courses:
CAS 471 US;IL(3), CEDEV 430(3), CMLIT 153 GH;IL(3), ECON 333 GS(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), HIST 432 IL(3), HIST 467 US;IL(3), HIST 468 IL(3), I B 303(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), SPAN 100(3)[83], SPAN 131 GH;IL(3) or SPAN 131Y GH;US;IL(3), SPAN 200(3)[83], SPAN 220(3)[83], SPAN 253W(3)[83], SPAN 300(3)[83], SPAN 420(3)[83], SPAN 476(3)[83], SPAN 497(1-9)[83] (Sem: 1-8)

CONTEMPORARY HISTORY AND POLITICS OPTION: (15-21 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-21 credits)
Select 15-21 credits from the following list of courses:
CAS 471 US;IL(3), CEDEV 430(3), CMLIT 153 GH;IL(3), ECON 333 GS(3), ENGL 182A GH;US;IL(3), FR 139 GH;IL(3), GER 100 GH;IL(3), HIST 120 GS;IL(3), HIST 175 GH;IL(3), HIST 179 GH;IL(3), HIST 181 GH;IL(3), HIST 192 GH;IL(3), HIST 435(3), HIST 467 US;IL(3), HIST 468 IL(3), HIST 488(3), I B 303(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3), PL SC 412(3), PL SC 413(3), PL SC 424(3), PL SC 443(3), PL SC 454 IL(3), PL SC 487(3), RUS 100 GH;IL(3), SPAN 131 GH;IL(3), UKR 100 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must maintain a grade-point average of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[83] These courses also constitute the projected Spanish minor.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-020

Review Date: 01/10/2012

UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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