Global Studies (B.A.)

Concordia University's Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies is designed to help students find their place in the world and learn how they can make a difference. The learning community will extend well beyond the classroom in Portland, including a semester abroad that is built into the program. In addition, internship and research opportunities help build cultural competency and prepare the student for a broad range of careers – many with international options. With an overarching focus on the complex role and influence of religion worldwide, this interdisciplinary program begins with a core of six foundational courses, then allows the student to mix and match classes from a variety of disciplines – including science, business, history, and political science. As a result, graduates will have a powerful set of tools and a well-rounded understanding of today’s global realities, ready to enter the job market or head to grad school as true citizens of the world.The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies will prepare students to engage a diverse and intercultural world by serving as leaders in national and international agencies, organizations and businesses.

Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

Freshman

General Education Requirements 

Freshman Foundation (15 credits)
WR 121ENGLISH COMPOSITION3
SCI 110INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE WITH LAB3
or Lab Science
HUM 152HOW THE WEST CAME TO BE3
LDR 198CONCORDIA COMMITMENT1
MTH 110MATH FOR LIFE3
or above (excluding MTH 231)
ESS 260HEALTH AND FITNESS FOR LIFE WITH LAB2
Spiritual Formation (6 credits)
REL 211HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT3
or REL 221 HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
REL 401FAITH FOR LIFE3
Intercultural Experiences (11 credits)
HUM 351CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY3
REL 371WORLD RELIGIONS2
Foreign Language6
Studies in Arts & Sciences (18 credits)
Natural Science3
Fine Arts3
PSY 201PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOLOGY3
WR 30X (upper division Writing course)3
Electives (6) - At least three must be upper division credits outside major6
Total Credits50

Major Requirements (50 credits)

Global Studies Core (18 credits)18
GS 201OUR GLOBAL WORLD3
GS 301GLOBAL POLITICS, IDENTITY, AND COMMERCE3
GS 302GLOBAL HUMAN ISSUES3
GS 303GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS3
GS 304INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT: WORKING, LIVING, AND STUDYING INTERNATIONALLY3
GS 460RELIGION IN THE MODERN WORLD3
or REL 460 RELIGION IN THE MODERN WORLD
Study Abroad Experience (3 credits)3
A minimum of 3 semester credits, with a grade of C- or higher, will meet this requirement, although most students will need to complete at least 12 credits while abroad to stay on track for degree completion. A roadmap of where these additional credits might apply in your program will be determined as you develop your plan of study for your time abroad.
IST 199INTERNATIONAL STUDIES3
or IST 399 INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Electives by Theme
Global Political Affairs & Cultural Identity (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
ENG 439LINGUISTICS3
HSEM 310INTEREST INTEGRATION3
HSEM 332SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ROOTS OF TERRORISM3
HST 335HISTORY AND CULTURE OF INDIA3
HST 355HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST3
HST 364MODERN ASIA3
HST 365INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
REL 381FIELD EXPERIENCE IN CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING3
SCW 353SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS3
SCW 354SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE3
Global Commerce, Economics & Resource Sustainability (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
BA 203FUNDAMENTALS OF ECONOMICS4
BA 331GLOBAL BUSINESS3
BA 344INTERNATIONAL TRADE, FINANCE, AND MONETARY ISSUES3
BIO 370FIELD BIOLOGY (May be repeated with unique topics)3
BIO 411ECOLOGY3
HHS 451HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics)1
REL 403THEOLOGY OF ECOLOGY2
SCI 112ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITH LAB3
SOM 451SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics)1
Justice & Human Rights (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
ENG 315THE WORLD NOVEL3
ENG 355AFRICAN LITERATURE3
HHS 451HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics))1
HSEM 401MORAL DECISION MAKING, POLICIES, AND CIVIL RIGHTS3
PSY 380GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGY3
SOC 220PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY3
SOM 451SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics)1
Religion in the Modern World (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
PHL 361INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS3
or REL 361 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
HUM 382ISSUES BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ANOTHER RELIGION3
or REL 382 ISSUES BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ANOTHER RELIGION
HSEM 406CHARACTER AND THE ETHICS OF LEADERSHIP3
REL 471RELIGIOUS WORLDS: INTRODUCTION TO METHODS AND THEORIES IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION3
Senior Capstone (5 credits)5
GS 482INTERNSHIP PREPARATION1
GS 483INTERNSHIP I2
GS 484INTERNSHIP II2
or
GS 492SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION1
GS 493GLOBAL STUDIES THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN2
GS 494GLOBAL STUDIES THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE2
Total Credits50

Elective Requirements

A minimum of 124 total semester hours are required to graduate from Concordia with a bachelor's degree. After completing all requirements for the Global Studies program, including the required General Education classes, the student who is pursuing the B.A. in Global Studies is encouraged to use some or all of the remaining general elective hours to specialize in one (or two) of the themes named above.

Note:

HUM 351 and REL 401 are courses that must be completed at CU.

Students should be aware of the prerequisite courses needed for their major courses. In many cases these prerequisites should be taken to satisfy the General Education requirements, especially in the Math and Science areas.

Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

Transfer Student

General Education Requirements 

Transfer Foundation (14)
WR 121ENGLISH COMPOSITION3
Humanities3
Ex: Lit, World History, Music History
Physical Education 2
MTH 110MATH FOR LIFE3
or above (excluding MTH 231)
SCI 110INTRODUCTION TO SCIENCE WITH LAB3
or Lab Science
Spiritual Formation (6)
REL 211HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT3
or REL 221 HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
REL 401FAITH FOR LIFE3
Intercultural Experiences (11)
HUM 351CHALLENGES OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY3
REL 371WORLD RELIGIONS2
Foreign Language6
Studies in Arts & Sciences (18)
Natural Science3
Fine Arts3
WR 30X (upper division Writing course)3
Social Science3
Electives (6) - At least three must be upper division credits outside major6
Total Credits49

Major Requirements (50 credits)

Global Studies Core (18 credits)18
GS 201OUR GLOBAL WORLD3
GS 301GLOBAL POLITICS, IDENTITY, AND COMMERCE3
GS 302GLOBAL HUMAN ISSUES3
GS 303GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS3
GS 304INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT: WORKING, LIVING, AND STUDYING INTERNATIONALLY3
GS 460RELIGION IN THE MODERN WORLD3
or REL 460 RELIGION IN THE MODERN WORLD
Study Abroad Experience (3 credits)3
A minimum of 3 semester credits, with a grade of C- or higher, will meet this requirement, although most students will need to complete at least 12 credits while abroad to stay on track for degree completion. A roadmap of where these additional credits might apply in your program will be determined as you develop your plan of study for your time abroad.
IST 199INTERNATIONAL STUDIES3
or IST 399 INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Electives by Theme
Global Political Affairs & Cultural Identity (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
ENG 439LINGUISTICS3
HSEM 310INTEREST INTEGRATION3
HSEM 332SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ROOTS OF TERRORISM3
HST 335HISTORY AND CULTURE OF INDIA3
HST 355HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST3
HST 364MODERN ASIA3
HST 365INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS3
REL 381FIELD EXPERIENCE IN CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING3
SCW 353SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS3
SCW 354SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE3
Global Commerce, Economics & Resource Sustainability (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
BA 203FUNDAMENTALS OF ECONOMICS4
BA 331GLOBAL BUSINESS3
BA 344INTERNATIONAL TRADE, FINANCE, AND MONETARY ISSUES3
BIO 370FIELD BIOLOGY (May be repeated with unique topics)3
BIO 411ECOLOGY3
HHS 451HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics)1
REL 403THEOLOGY OF ECOLOGY2
SCI 112ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE WITH LAB3
SOM 451SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics)1
Justice & Human Rights (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
ENG 315THE WORLD NOVEL3
ENG 355AFRICAN LITERATURE3
HHS 451HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics))1
HSEM 401MORAL DECISION MAKING, POLICIES, AND CIVIL RIGHTS3
PSY 380GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGY3
SOC 220PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY3
SOM 451SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT SEMINAR (May be repeated with unique topics)1
Religion in the Modern World (6 credits)6
Select six credits from the following:
PHL 361INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS3
or REL 361 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
HUM 382ISSUES BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ANOTHER RELIGION3
or REL 382 ISSUES BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ANOTHER RELIGION
HSEM 406CHARACTER AND THE ETHICS OF LEADERSHIP3
REL 471RELIGIOUS WORLDS: INTRODUCTION TO METHODS AND THEORIES IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION3
Senior Capstone (5 credits)5
GS 482INTERNSHIP PREPARATION1
GS 483INTERNSHIP I2
GS 484INTERNSHIP II2
or
GS 492SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION1
GS 493GLOBAL STUDIES THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN2
GS 494GLOBAL STUDIES THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE2
Total Credits50

Elective Requirements

A minimum of 124 total semester hours are required to graduate from Concordia with a bachelor's degree. After completing all requirements for the Global Studies program, including the required General Education classes, the student who is pursuing the B.A. in Global Studies is encouraged to use some or all of the remaining general elective hours to specialize in one (or two) of the themes named above.

Note:

HUM 351 and REL 401 are courses that must be completed at CU.

Students should be aware of the prerequisite courses needed for their major courses. In many cases these prerequisites should be taken to satisfy the General Education requirements, especially in the Math and Science areas.

GS 201      OUR GLOBAL WORLD      Credits: 3

Introductory class to the Global Studies program that serves as a backdrop to many of the global challenges and opportunities present in the 21st century.

GS 301      GLOBAL POLITICS, IDENTITY, AND COMMERCE      Credits: 3

Introduction to two primary themes within a globalized world: global political affairs and cultural identity, and global commerce, economics, and resource sustainability.
Prerequisites: GS 201 with a C or higher.

GS 302      GLOBAL HUMAN ISSUES      Credits: 3

Introduction to two primary themes within a globalized world: human rights and social justice, and global public health and education.
Prerequisites: GS 201 with a C or higher.

GS 303      GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS      Credits: 3

Introduction to contemporary global challenges and solutions that are currently in the news.
Prerequisites: GS 201 with a C or higher.

GS 304      INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT: WORKING, LIVING, AND STUDYING INTERNATIONALLY      Credits: 3

Introduction to the opportunities and challenges of living and studying internationally with an emphasis on intercultural communication and building intercultural competence.
Prerequisites: GS 201 with a C or higher; Course must be taken prior to any study abroad experience connected to the Global Studies program.

GS 460      RELIGION IN THE MODERN WORLD      Credits: 3

The course will orient students to the pervasive nature of religion in all aspects of the modern world with special attention to how social interaction with religious people occurs in contemporary society and influences politics and conflict.
Prerequisites: REL 371 with a D or higher.

GS 482      INTERNSHIP PREPARATION      Credit: 1

Prepares students to undertake an internship related to the student’s major so that they may better evaluate and comprehend the specific career choice they are considering and to gain valuable experiences that ensure they are career-ready.

GS 483      INTERNSHIP I      Credits: 2

Provides students with real-world experiences in fields related to their chosen or contemplated professions and provides valuable experiences that ensure that students are career-ready.
Prerequisites: GS 482 with a C or higher.

GS 484      INTERNSHIP II      Credits: 2

Provides students with real-world experiences in fields related to their chosen or contemplated professions and provides valuable experiences that ensure that students are career-ready.
Prerequisites: GS 482 with a C or higher.

GS 492      SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION      Credit: 1

This course is required for students planning to complete a senior thesis. The product of this course will be a thesis proposal.
Prerequisites: Upper division standing as a Global Studies major and Division Chair approval.

GS 493      GLOBAL STUDIES THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN      Credits: 2

The first of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the initial components of the thesis, including literature review and experimental or project design, obtain approval from Concordia's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to proceed with the proposed research or project, and begin to implement the research or project.
Prerequisites: GS 492 with a B or higher, upper division standing, and agreement of a faculty member to serve as Faculty Supervisor for thesis project.

GS 494      GLOBAL STUDIES THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE      Credits: 2

The second of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the final components of the thesis, including the research or project itself, data gathering and analysis, and writing and defense of the thesis. The defense of the thesis will be a public event open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Prerequisites: GS 493 with a C or higher.