Global Studies and International Relations, MS

Globalization has created a world of new opportunities for those savvy enough to recognize them and acquire the new skill sets needed for success in international government, consulting, business and industry, nonprofit, and educational sectors.

This program is designed to prepare students for internationally focused positions that range from traditional practitioners of diplomacy, to development workers, to executives employed in the dynamic world of international consultancy, trade, and industry. With courses enriched by classmates from every continent, students are active learners in a collaborative, cross-cultural setting from their very first course.

The core curriculum ensures all students have a solid grounding in foundational courses such as international politics, economics, security, and diplomacy. Students then select from a broad-based menu of concentrations, allowing them to develop specialties. The program culminates in a capstone experience in which students elect to write a thesis, engage in a case study, or undertake short-term travel to conduct intensive field research.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

GST 6100Globalization and Global Politics and Economics4
GST 6101Global Literacy, Culture, and Community4
GST 6109Basic Field Research Methods4
GST 6320Peace and Conflict4

Regional Studies Courses

Complete one of the following:4
Regional Studies: East Asia
Regional Studies: Middle East
Regional Studies: Sub-Saharan Africa
Regional Studies: Europe
Regional Studies: Southwest and Central Asia
Regional Studies: Latin America

Capstone

Complete one of the following:4
Case Study in Global Studies
Thesis
International Field Study Experience

Electives

Complete 2–4 quarter hours from the following:2-4
Topics
Personal and Career Development (Requires participation in the cooperative education program.)
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Concentrations

Complete one of the following five concentrations:

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

46-48 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required


Global Health and Development

Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose):20
The Developers
Poverty and Wealth
Global Economics of Food and Agriculture
Sustainable Development
Global Health Perspectives, Politics, and Experiences in International Development
Critical Issues and Challenges in the Practice of Global Health

Conflict Resolution

Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose):20
Divided Societies in the Modern World
International Conflict and Cooperation
Conflict and Postconflict Development
Security and Terrorism
Nuclear Nonproliferation
Human Rights

Diplomacy 

Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose):20
The Practice of Diplomacy
Politics of the European Union
U.S. Foreign Policy
Multilateral Diplomacy
Public Diplomacy
Human Rights

International Economics and Consulting

Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose):20
Opportunities in International Consulting
Global Corporate and Social Responsibility
The Funders
Globalization of Emerging Economies
Immigration and Labor
Poverty and Wealth
Leadership and Management

Global Student Mobility

Complete five of the following (one of the courses can be from another global studies concentration, a regional studies course, or a special topics course if you choose):20
International Higher Education
Managing Study Abroad
Managing International Students
The Business of International Education
Immigration and Legal Issues in International Higher Education
Global Education in the Internet Age