Global Studies

The advising track in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary individualized study plan that combines the Liberal Studies core courses with elective courses relevant to Global Studies. It is suitable for students interested in careers or advanced study in areas that require an understanding of global systems, processes, and culture.

Students following a Global Studies track may choose to focus on specific aspects such as global arts and culture; global media and communications; global business and economics; or politics, social movements, and human rights from a global perspective.

Students will complete the Liberal Studies core courses and select their elective courses from at least two of the three areas of Liberal Studies: the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students also complete a research project either through the Interdisciplinary Thematic Research Seminar (LBST 482) or independent study on a topic in interdisciplinary global studies (499).    

 For more information contact Professor Saul Tobias at

Required Courses:

Liberal Studies Core Courses (30 units)

Interdisciplinary Thematic Research Seminar (LBST 482) or 499: Independent Study Project in Global Studies (3 units)  

Global Studies Elective Courses (18 units)

Your advisor will help you select from a wide range of possible courses outside the Liberal Studies Department that are suitable for your study plan.  A few examples of possible courses:

 Arts and Humanities (Choose at least two courses)

ART 462  Latin American Art History: 1400 to Present
CHIC 480 Chicanas/os and Immigrants
COMM 426 Global Media Systems
RLST 306  Contemporary Practices of the World’s Religions
HIST 360 Modern Asia: Nationalism and Revolutionary Change
HIST 460A  The Chinese Diaspora
HIST 467B  Contemporary Middle East History
MUS 303 World Music

Social Sciences (Choose at least two courses)

ANTH 329 Peoples of the Caribbean
ANTH 415 Anthropology of Tourism
ANTH 482  Globalization and Culture Change
POSC 331  Third World Politics Through Literature
POSC 445 Globalization, Justice and Democracy
POSC 451T  Problems in International Politics
ECON 433 The Less Developed Countries and the Word Economy
GEOG 373  Global Cuisines
GEOG 422  Global Climate Change  
GEOG 432  Ecotourism

Natural Sciences (may choose one course)

BIOL 314  Population and Community Ecology
BIOL 481  Advances in Evolution and Ecology