Global Studies

Charles T. McDowell Center for Global Studies – Minor and Certificate Program

Overview

The Global Studies Minor and Global Studies Certificate promote understanding of global processes and awareness of the responsibilities of global citizenship in order to prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century and achieve success in the complex social, political, economic, and cultural environment of the world today.

The interdisciplinary program combines courses from across College of Liberal Arts disciplines and beyond, with a focus on those courses that offer global perspectives on modern and contemporary issues. The Global Studies Certificate is similar to the Minor, but with fewer course credit hour requirements (18 for the Minor vs. 15 for the Certificate). Both the minor and the certificate are open to all students at UTA.

Global Studies Minor Requirements 

The Global Studies Minor features one required course: ANTH 2322, GLOBAL 2301, POLS 3302, or POLS 3304; three credit hours are required at the 2000 level in a Modern Language discipline; three credit hours are required in interdisciplinary core electives; six credit hours in upper-level electives; and a capstone course.

Global Studies Certificate Requirements 

The Global Studies Certificate features one required course: ANTH 2322, GLOBAL 2301, POLS 3302, or POLS 3304; three credit hours in interdisciplinary core electives; six credit hours in upper-level electives; and a capstone course.

Global Studies Minor Curriculum (18 SCHS)

The Global Studies Minor features one required course: 1) ANTH 2322, GLOBAL 2301, POLS 3302, or POLS 3304 (three credit hours); a further three credit hours are required at the 2000 level in a Modern Language discipline; three credit hours in interdisciplinary core electives; six credit hours in upper-level electives, with a focus on courses that offer global and international perspectives on modern and contemporary issues; and a capstone course chosen from among the various disciplines represented in the minor (three credit hours).

Global Studies Minor requirements:

  • Requirement 1: Global core courses (3 credit hours)
    • ANTH 2322, GLOBAL 2301, POLS 3302, or POLS 3304
  • Requirement 2: Language or culture course from a Modern Language discipline (3 credit hours)
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • ARAB 2310, 2314
      • CHIN 2310, 2314
      • FREN 2310, 2314
      • GERM 2310, 2314
      • KORE 2310, 2314
      • MODL 2301
      • RUSS 2310, 2314
      • SPAN 2310, 2314
  • Requirement 3: Interdisciplinary core course (3 credit hours)
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • ART 1310. ART OF THE WESTERN WORLD II: BAROQUE TO MODERN
      • ART 1317. THE ART OF NONWESTERN TRADITIONS
      • ECON 2305. PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
      • ECON 2306. PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
      • ENVR 2414. THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN HEALTH
      • GEOG 2302. WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
      • HIST 2377. FLIGHT CULTURE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
      • KINE 2350. PUBLIC HEALTH: PRINCIPLES AND POPULATIONS
      • LING 2371. LANGUAGE IN A MULTICULTURAL USA
      • MUSI 2300. INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC
      • PHIL 1304. CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS
      • THEA 1342. THEATRE AND FILM APPRECIATION
  • Requirement 4: Advanced electives (3000- or 4000-level courses) chosen from the list in Appendix 2 (6 credit hours)[1] or permission of the advisor.
  • Requirement 5: Capstone course (3 credit hours).
    • GLOBAL 4301. Pending proposal in Fall 2021 and approval, the capstone course will be cross-listed with an upper-level course in a discipline of the student’s choice and will feature a capstone project as a supplement to the regular course syllabus. 
 

[1] Courses must represent two different prefixes. See list of courses in Appendix 2.

  • GLOBAL 4301. Pending proposal in Fall 2020 and approval, the capstone course will be cross-listed with an upper-level course in a discipline of the student’s choice and will feature a capstone project as a supplement to the regular course syllabus. 

Global Studies Certificate Curriculum (15 SCHS)

The Global Studies Certificate features one required courses: 1) ANTH 2322, GLOBAL 2301, POLS 3302, or POLS 3304 (three credit hours); a further three credit hours are required at the 1000 or 2000 level in an interdisciplinary core elective; six credit hours in upper-level electives, with a focus on courses that offer global and international perspectives on modern and contemporary issues; and a capstone course chosen from among the various disciplines represented in the minor (three credit hours).

Global Studies Certificate requirements:

  • Requirement 1: Global core courses (3 credit hours)
    • ANTH 2322, GLOBAL 2301, POLS 3302, or POLS 3304
  • Requirement 2: Interdisciplinary core course (3 credit hours)
    • Students choose one of the following:
      • ARAB 2310. ARABIC CULTURE IN THE WORLD
      • ART 1310. ART OF THE WESTERN WORLD II: BAROQUE TO MODERN
      • ART 1317. THE ART OF NONWESTERN TRADITIONS
      • CHIN 2310. CHINESE CULTURE IN THE WORLD
      • ECON 2305. PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
      • ECON 2306. PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
      • ENVR 2414. THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN HEALTH
      • FREN 2310. FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE CULTURE IN THE WORLD
      • GEOG 2302. WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
      • GERM 2310. GERMAN CULTURE IN THE WORLD
      • HIST 2377. FLIGHT CULTURE AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
      • KINE 2350. PUBLIC HEALTH: PRINCIPLES AND POPULATIONS
      • KORE 2310. KOREAN CULTURE IN THE WORLD
      • LING 2371. LANGUAGE IN A MULTICULTURAL USA
      • MODL 2301. INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LANGUAGES
      • MUSI 2300. INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC
      • PHIL 1304. CONTEMPORARY MORAL PROBLEMS
      • RUSS 2310. RUSSIAN CULTURE IN THE WORLD
      • SPAN 2310. HISPANIC CULTURE IN THE WORLD
      • THEA 1342. THEATRE AND FILM APPRECIATION
  • Requirement 3: Advanced electives (3000- or 4000-level courses) chosen from the list in Appendix 2 (6 credit hours)[1] or permission of the advisor.
  • Requirement 4: Capstone course (3 credit hours).
    • GLOBAL 4301. Pending proposal in Fall 2020 and approval, the capstone course will be cross-listed with an upper-level course in a discipline of the student’s choice and will feature a capstone project as a supplement to the regular course syllabus. 
 

[1] Courses must represent two different prefixes. See list of courses in Appendix 2.

Courses

GLOBAL 2301. INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL ISSUES. 3 Hours.

Comparative perspectives on a broad range of cultural, linguistic, economic, political, and social issues confronting a globalized world today. Designed to draw attention to the multifaceted connections among nation-states, nongovernmental organizations, diverse ethnic, cultural and religious groups,and populations around the world. GLOBAL 2301 may be taken as a Liberal Arts elective. May not be repeated for credit. No Prerequisite. This course satisfies the University requirement for UNIV 1101.

GLOBAL 2315. INTRODUCTION TO LOCALIZATION AND LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY. 3 Hours.

An introduction to localization and computational approaches to language and culture. Topics will include: computer-aided translation, machine translation, natural language processing, mining and semantic analysis of language data, machine learning/AI with natural language.

GLOBAL 3301. TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL CULTURES AND CIVILIZATIONS I. 3 Hours.

Intensive study of a particular world region and/or culture including, but not limited to, its language, geography, history, arts, commerce, politics, and government. Focus on its uniqueness as a culture and its integral place in global society. Repeatable for credit as topic varies. No prerequisite. Recommend enrollment in GLOBAL 2301 concurrently or previously.

GLOBAL 3302. TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL CULTURES AND CIVILIZATIONS II. 3 Hours.

Advanced study of a particular world region and/or culture including, but not limited to, its language, geography, history, arts, commerce, politics, and government. Emphasis on film, media, international communication, or other subjects of global study. Repeatable for credit as topic changes. No prerequisite. Strongly recommended: GLOBAL 2301 and GLOBAL 3301, concurrently or previously.

GLOBAL 3310. LOCALIZATION AND TRANSLATION. 3 Hours.

Introduction to cultural and linguistic issues in the translation of language texts. Students will explore current technologies used in various real-world translation contexts and how to adapt texts, products, and services to the locale for which they are intended. Prerequisite: GLOBAL 3301 in the language under study or permission of the instructor.

GLOBAL 4393. INTERNSHIP. 3 Hours.

This course is a combination of field-related experience in the business or service sector with an academic component. Coursework may include journal writing, outside readings, and formal presentations. Prerequisite: Two GLOBAL 3000 level courses and/or permission of the instructor.