Global Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that offers a major leading to the B.A. in Global Studies. The program provides students with the opportunity to investigate and analyze the globalized world and the transnational interconnections that are its hallmark. The innovative curriculum includes required core courses housed in Global Studies as well as cross-listed courses drawn from across the university. Through critical analysis of the contemporary world, carried out in coursework and through hands-on research and internship opportunities, students in the program accrue knowledge, scholarly abilities, and practical skills that will prepare them as informed global citizens and members of the 21st century workforce. The program will prepare students to pursue graduate education and careers in a wide range of fields, including international business and law, applied social sciences, community resources management, social services, and international development.

For further information, please contact the program coordinator: 

Dr. Tracy Luedke
(773) 442-5621

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in Global Studies

Major Required courses:
GS-201Introduction To Global Studies I3
GS-205Writing Intensive Program: Interdisciplinary Research And Writing3
6 Global Studies electives 118
2 semester sequence in foreign language (any two-course sequence in a foreign language)6
GS-399Capstone Global Studies4
Total Hours34

Minor in Global Studies

Minor required courses:
GS-201Introduction To Global Studies I3
5 Global Studies electives (any tracks)15
Total Hours18

 The following courses may be counted toward a Global Studies major or minor. The number(s) after each course indicate track(s) to which the course corresponds. Additional courses may be considered for inclusion as electives in consultation with the coordinator. 


1. Culture, Society, and Identity
2. Language, Knowledge, and Representation  
3. Nature, Technology, and the Body    
4. Power, Movements, and Political Economy  
5. Violence, Resistance, and Resolution

African & African American Studies
AFAM-302Foundations Of Africans In The Diaspora 1 3
ANTH-365Anthropology Of Islam 13
ANTH-375Anthropology Of Globalization 13
ANTH-377AAnthropology Of Television 2 & 33
ANTH-379APan-African Association Internship 1, 4 & 53
Communication, Media and Theatre
CMTM-265Mass Media and Society 2 & 33
CMTC-317Intercultural Communication 23
CMTM-373World Cinema 23
CMTM-378New Media Technologies 2 & 33
ECON-308Comparative Economic Systems 43
ECON-313Economic History Of Europe 43
ECON-321International Monetary Theory & Relations 43
ECON-322International Economics 43
ECON-323Writing Intensive Program: Economic Development 43
ENGL-320Globalizing Literacies (Globalizing Literacies) 23
Geography and Environmental Studies
GES 302 Topics - Students can choose from 14 different course sections 1
GES-314Political Geography 43
GES-338Sustainable Development 43
GES-345Medical Geography (Medical Geography) 1 & 33
GES-346Geography Of Metropolitan Chicago 13
GES-348Latino Metropolis 13
GES-349Environment & Urbanization 3 & 43
GES-360Environmental Justice & Activism 3 & 43
GES-362Population Geography 13
GES-367Geography Of Tourism 13
GES-368Changing Global Climates 33
HIST-332BUnited States Foreign Relations 1914 - Present 43
HIST-333American Ethnic History 43
HIST-340History Of U.S. Economic Institutions 43
HIST-342The City In American History 43
HIST-382The World In The Twentieth Century 43
Justice Studies
JUST-338Introduction To Human Rights 1 & 43
JUST-361Five-Hundreds Years Of Resistance 4 & 53
JUST-363Globalization And The Pursuit Of Justice 43
JUST-364Terrorism In Media & Law 43
JUST-370Immigration In Global Perspective 1 & 43
JUST-371U.S. Immigration Policy & Human Rights In The Americas 4 & 53
LING-316Languages And Cultures: Middle East 1 & 23
LING-326Narratives Of The Jewish Experience 1 & 23
LING-347The Origin Of Language 23
LING-361Introduction To World Englishes 23
PHIL-343Religion & Globalization 13
PHIL-365Environmental Ethics 33
PHIL-367Postcolonialism 43
Political Science
PSCI-333Immigration, Ethnicity, And Citizenship 1 & 43
PSCI-350International Relations In Asia 43
PSCI-354Islamic Civilization II: Government And Politics 1 & 43
PSCI-357Politics Of The European Union 43
PSCI-369Russia In International Politics 43
PSCI-375Contemporary International Relations 43
PSCI-376Principles Of International Relations 43
PSCI-377International Organization: Theory And Practice 43
PSCI-378International Political Economy 43
PSCI-379War And Peace 53
PSCI-380International Law 43
PSCI-381International Terrorism 53
PSCI-384United States And The World Economy 43
PSCI-386Globalization & Politics 43
SOC-310Social Movements 4 & 53
SOC-347Sociology Of Media 2 & 33
SOC-352Sociology Of HIV/AIDS 33
SOC-362Identity And Social Policy 13
SOC-365Sociology Of Globalization 13
Social Work
SWK-203Analysis Of Cross Culture Interaction 13
SWK-308Social Work Practice With Immigrants & Refugees I 13
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESL-330Language, Society, And Education 23
Women's and Gender Studies
WGS-312Women & Global Human Rights 4 & 53
Educational Foundations
EDFN-314BRace, Identity, & Cultures In Education 13
EDFN-314KSocial Justice And The Politics Of Education 1 & 43
Inner City Studies
ICSE-329GComparative Inner City Communities 1 & 43
Bilingual/Bicultural Education
BLBC-338Bilingualism And Education 23
BLBC-339Culturally Responsive Teaching in Diverse Classrooms 13

Global Studies Core Faculty:

Tracy Luedke, Associate Professor of Anthropology (Coordinator)
Chielozona Eze, Professor of English
Edie Rubinowtiz, Associate Professor of Commnuications, Media, and Theatre
Christopher Schroeder, Professor of English

GS-201. Introduction To Global Studies I. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to the multiple dimensions and impact of globalization as it is reflected across disciplines. Accordingly, we explore globalization through specific themes and approaches, including those of: 1) Culture, Society, and Identity; 2) Language, Knowledge, and Representation; 3) Power, Movements, and Political Economy; 4) Nature, Technology, and the Body; 5) Violence, Resistance, and Resolution. In this way, the course generates a comparative understanding of the significant implications arising in the wake of an increasingly globalized world.

GS-205. Writing Intensive Program: Interdisciplinary Research And Writing. 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary Research and Writing provides students with practical training in conducting research and writing effectively in an interdisciplinary field. Students will learn about the advantages and challenges of interdisciplinary scholarship through a series of stepped research and writing assignments, including literature searches and reviews, hands-on experimentation with field methods, and multiple formal and informal writing activities that guide students in creating rough drafts, conducting revisions, and producing polished work. The course serves students in all interdisciplinary fields.
Prerequisite: ENGL-101 minimum grade of C.

GS-399. Capstone Global Studies. 4 Hours.

In this course students will examine and conduct research on global phenomena. We will read and debate a range of approaches to the study of the global, addressing both methodological and theoretical issues. Students will conduct individual research projects, working through all the stages from proposal to completed paper. As the capstone course for the Global Studies Program, the primary course goal is to provide students with practical experience in linking reading and discussion of published sources in Global Studies to the tasks of researching , analyzing, and writing about their own areas of interest in the field.
Prerequisites: GS-201 minimum grade of C and GS-202 minimum grade of C.