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    Jul 22, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Global Studies Major

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Major Program

A student graduating with a global studies major should have:

  1. A working knowledge of a language other than his or her own first language.
  2. Some in-depth knowledge of a region of the world or a cultural group.
  3. The ability to make use of concepts and methodological approaches from more than a single discipline.
  4. The ability to use technology as a resource for research and communication.
  5. Explored and discussed several transnational/transcultural issues in an interdisciplinary context.
  6. Had a study abroad or other appropriate off-campus studies experience.
  7. Demonstrated the ability to conduct and present research on a transnational/ transcultural topic, making use of 1-6 above.

Major Requirements and Expectations


Equivalence of at least four (4) semesters of a language other than the student’s first language (with a certificate of proficiency where offered, highly recommended).

Major Courses

Regional/Cultural Concentration

  • Three (3) courses focused on a specific global region or culture.

Disciplinary Breadth/Depth

Students will be held accountable for Hamline Plan designations earned and brought into upper-level interdisciplinary courses; students are strongly encouraged to pursue at least a minor in a discipline (and a disciplinary major if they are considering graduate work).

Off-Campus Study

Semester program is required–ideally during spring of junior year.

Upper-Level Elective Courses

  • Three (3) interdisciplinary, thematic, transnational courses from designated list of GLOB area of study offerings. These are normally taken in junior and senior years.

Capstone Seminar/Project

One of the following–normally taken senior year:

Summary of Course Requirements for the Major

  • Language (0-4 courses)–requirement can be met in whole or part at matriculation; can be met in part through off-campus study.
  • Major courses (2 courses)
  • Regional/Cultural Concentration (3 courses)–requirement can be met in part through off-campus study
  • Off-Campus Study (semester-long program)
  • Upper-level Electives (3 courses)
  • Capstone Seminar/Project (1 course)

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