Global Studies & International Affairs (major)

What you will study

The program starts with an introductory course in global studies, in which the basic concepts and issues of global culture, international economics, and international politics are covered. After the introductory course, you begin taking courses from the various disciplines that are part of the global studies program: economics, geography, history,  and political science. You then bring together the perspectives, concepts, and issues from these various courses in the Global Studies Senior Seminar, taken during your final year.

All students who major in global studies are required to pass two semesters of a foreign language. You then have the choice of taking a second year of that language or two courses in behavioral science research methods (BSC-255, Behavioral Science Research Methods, and BSC-256, Probability and Statistics).

Global studies students are expected to develop an ability to learn about the world on their own.

Language skills and research skills are a way for you to do this, and you are given a choice between focusing on language skills and balancing between research and language skills.

Global Studies Major Beginning
GLS-200Introduction to Global Studies3
MGT-210Economic Environment3
POL-225American Politics4
Language Requirement:
Take two semesters of the same foreign language8
Take one from the following:8
Two additional semesters of a foreign language
Behavioral Science Research Methods
and Probability & Statistics
Global Studies Major Intermediate
GLS-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
HUM-350 Course: Take one HUM-350 course from the following:4
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Latin American Civilizations
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
The Two Koreas
Middle Eastern Civilization
GLS-330United Nations & the World4
GLS-370World Geography: People, Places & Change3
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
GLS-396International Economics3
Global Studies Major Advanced
GLS-410Comparative Politics4
GLS-475Global Studies Senior Seminar2
Take 8 credits of GLS Electives8
Travel Experience 1

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.