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
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.
Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.
Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.
Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements
Major in Global Studies
|Major Required courses:|
|GS-201||Introduction To Global Studies I||3|
|GS-205||Writing Intensive Program: Interdisciplinary Research And Writing||3|
|6 Global Studies electives 1||18|
|2 semester sequence in foreign language (any two-course sequence in a foreign language)||6|
|GS-399||Capstone Global Studies||4|
Minimum of 3 courses in one track and minimum of 1 course in each of two other tracks.
Minor in Global Studies
|Minor required courses:|
|GS-201||Introduction To Global Studies I||3|
|5 Global Studies electives (any tracks)||15|
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-302||Foundations Of Africans In The Diaspora 1||3|
|ANTH-365||Anthropology Of Islam 1||3|
|ANTH-375||Anthropology Of Globalization 1||3|
|ANTH-377A||Anthropology Of Television 2 & 3||3|
|ANTH-379A||Pan-African Association Internship 1, 4 & 5||3|
|Communication, Media and Theatre|
|CMTM-265||Mass Media and Society 2 & 3||3|
|CMTC-317||Intercultural Communication 2||3|
|CMTM-373||World Cinema 2||3|
|CMTM-378||New Media Technologies 2 & 3||3|
|ECON-308||Comparative Economic Systems 4||3|
|ECON-313||Economic History Of Europe 4||3|
|ECON-321||International Monetary Theory & Relations 4||3|
|ECON-322||International Economics 4||3|
|ECON-323||Writing Intensive Program: Economic Development 4||3|
|ENGL-320||Globalizing Literacies (Globalizing Literacies) 2||3|
|Geography and Environmental Studies|
|GES 302 Topics - Students can choose from 14 different course sections 1|
|GES-314||Political Geography 4||3|
|GES-338||Sustainable Development 4||3|
|GES-345||Medical Geography (Medical Geography) 1 & 3||3|
|GES-346||Geography Of Metropolitan Chicago 1||3|
|GES-348||Latino Metropolis 1||3|
|GES-349||Environment & Urbanization 3 & 4||3|
|GES-360||Environmental Justice & Activism 3 & 4||3|
|GES-362||Population Geography 1||3|
|GES-367||Geography Of Tourism 1||3|
|GES-368||Changing Global Climates 3||3|
|HIST-332B||United States Foreign Relations 1914 - Present 4||3|
|HIST-333||American Ethnic History 4||3|
|HIST-340||History Of U.S. Economic Institutions 4||3|
|HIST-342||The City In American History 4||3|
|HIST-382||The World In The Twentieth Century 4||3|
|JUST-338||Introduction To Human Rights 1 & 4||3|
|JUST-361||Five-Hundreds Years Of Resistance 4 & 5||3|
|JUST-363||Globalization And The Pursuit Of Justice 4||3|
|JUST-364||Terrorism In Media & Law 4||3|
|JUST-370||Immigration In Global Perspective 1 & 4||3|
|JUST-371||U.S. Immigration Policy & Human Rights In The Americas 4 & 5||3|
|LING-316||Languages And Cultures: Middle East 1 & 2||3|
|LING-326||Narratives Of The Jewish Experience 1 & 2||3|
|LING-347||The Origin Of Language 2||3|
|LING-361||Introduction To World Englishes 2||3|
|PHIL-343||Religion & Globalization 1||3|
|PHIL-365||Environmental Ethics 3||3|
|PSCI-333||Immigration, Ethnicity, And Citizenship 1 & 4||3|
|PSCI-350||International Relations In Asia 4||3|
|PSCI-354||Islamic Civilization II: Government And Politics 1 & 4||3|
|PSCI-357||Politics Of The European Union 4||3|
|PSCI-369||Russia In International Politics 4||3|
|PSCI-375||Contemporary International Relations 4||3|
|PSCI-376||Principles Of International Relations 4||3|
|PSCI-377||International Organization: Theory And Practice 4||3|
|PSCI-378||International Political Economy 4||3|
|PSCI-379||War And Peace 5||3|
|PSCI-380||International Law 4||3|
|PSCI-381||International Terrorism 5||3|
|PSCI-384||United States And The World Economy 4||3|
|PSCI-386||Globalization & Politics 4||3|
|SOC-310||Social Movements 4 & 5||3|
|SOC-347||Sociology Of Media 2 & 3||3|
|SOC-352||Sociology Of HIV/AIDS 3||3|
|SOC-362||Identity And Social Policy 1||3|
|SOC-365||Sociology Of Globalization 1||3|
|SWK-203||Analysis Of Cross Culture Interaction 1||3|
|SWK-308||Social Work Practice With Immigrants & Refugees I 1||3|
|Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages|
|TESL-330||Language, Society, And Education 2||3|
|Women's and Gender Studies|
|WGS-312||Women & Global Human Rights 4 & 5||3|
|EDFN-314B||Race, Identity, & Cultures In Education 1||3|
|EDFN-314K||Social Justice And The Politics Of Education 1 & 4||3|
|Inner City Studies|
|ICSE-329G||Comparative Inner City Communities 1 & 4||3|
|BLBC-338||Bilingualism And Education 2||3|
|BLBC-339||Culturally Responsive Teaching in Diverse Classrooms 1||3|
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.