May 27, 2018  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2011-2012 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 one language or exposure to two languages other than his/her 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


One of the following in a language other than student’s first language:

  1. Certificate of proficiency in languages where offered (Spanish, French, German, Chinese); or
  2. Four courses, or equivalent, in one language or two courses, or equivalent, in two languages (in languages where certificate of proficiency is not offered). These courses can be counted toward breadth of study; or
  3. A Hamline-qualifying TOEFL score (in English)

Introductory Courses

These courses should ideally be taken in the sophomore year.

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 cross-listed offerings. These are normally taken in junior and senior years (see program Web site or Piperline schedule for current offerings).

Summary of Course Requirements

  • Language (2-6 courses)–requirement can be met in whole or part at matriculation; can be met in part through off-campus study.
  • Introductory courses (2 courses)
  • Regional/Cultural Concentration (3 courses)–requirement can be met in part through off-campus study
  • Upper-Level Electives (3 courses)
  • Capstone Seminar (1 course)

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