Global Studies

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The world that we live in is becoming closer with advancement of technology and increased knowledge and understanding of various nations, cultures and ethnicities.

Stockton University’s mission is to develop engaged and effective citizens with a commitment to life-long learning and the capacity to adapt to change in a multi-cultural, interdependent world.  As a public university, Stockton provides an environment for excellence to a diverse student body, including those from underrepresented populations, through an interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts, sciences and professional education.

Structure and Curriculum

The Global Studies Minor was approved during 2010-2011 academic year. It consists of 20 credits. All students must take the entry level course GSS 2606 Introduction to Global Studies or GSS 1206 Go Global! and capstone course GIS 4658 Global Challenges and Solutions and one course from each of the three categories Global Issues/ Area Studies; History and Culture; Political Economy and Contemporary Issues. Out of 20 credits required, at least 2 courses must be at the 3000 level.  Students must demonstrate proficiency in another language or an in-depth knowledge of another culture.

Global studies has taught me a lot about the current world systems and the issues the world faces, but also the solutions to these problems and what we can do to improve the world. It can be a challenge sometimes to cooperate on a global scale, but that is why this minor is important, so we can learn how to work together in our globalized society and respect others.
Forrest Jennings
Forrest Jennings
I enjoyed the Global Studies minor because of its ability to connect issues from different academic disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach to Global Studies is essential in understanding the interconnectedness of the contemporary global sphere
Jordan Davis
Jordan Davis
Global studies is a valuable program because it allows students to gain diverse insights into issues and challenges occurring around the world. Through various courses offered in the minor, the importance of global studies allows there to be an understanding of the societal role for change.
Zoey Gross
Zoey Gross
My experience in the global studies minor program has been truly transformative. Coming into the program with a desire to understand the world, I have come out with a sense of purpose and readiness to address global issues. Through analyzing global issues, engaging in diverse perspectives, and contemplating solutions, global studies has equipped me with the tools to navigate the complexities of our interconnected world. This program not only challenged me and supported my growth but has inspired me to continue classroom conversations in post-grad, my career, and beyond!
Dominique Troehler
Dominique Troehler
Studying Global Studies at Stockton University broadened my understanding of international issues and cultures, enhancing my critical thinking and preparing me for a diverse range of global careers. The interdisciplinary approach provided valuable insights into the complexities of our interconnected world.
Vera Tagtaa
Vera Tagtaa

Studying Global Studies has been a valuable part of my education as the world grows more interconnected. Through the program, I have developed a deep understanding of different cultures and built empathy, preparing me to work well in various international settings. I have also grown to love the program as it introduced me to topics and perspectives that I wouldn't normally encounter in courses focused primarily on the United States.

Detty-Maidanove Exantus
Detty-Maidanove Exantus

This minor requires a minimum of 20 credits of coursework with substantial international content.  Students are required to complete an introductory course, an International Studies Capstone Seminar, and general electives which have to be selected from an approved list of courses with strong international content.  All students taking the Global Studies Minor will have to demonstrate cultural competence or proficiency in a foreign language.

Introductory Course

Students must complete Introduction to Global Studies course as one of the first two courses taken in the program

Elective Courses

These elective courses are divided into three major thematic concentrations.  These thematic concentrations are constructed around a common theme, thus providing students with a wide choice of topical courses.  Students are expected to take at least one course from this section.

Language/Cultural Competence Requirement

Students will have broad options for the language or cultural competency requirement. They can fulfill this requirement for the minor through participation in on-campus programs related to global studies, global studies-related extracurricular activities, an approved study abroad program, supervised foreign language training, the transfer of appropriate courses in any language other than English from other countries or universities, and any other options that the Global Studies Minor Coordinator considers acceptable. If students are interested in studying a foreign language, the faculty members of the Languages and Culture Studies Program will evaluate language courses not taught at Stockton University to determine if they fulfill the language requirement.


The Global Studies Capstone Seminar will be a senior level, one semester, four-credit, multidisciplinary course.

 Education Abroad (Option)

Students could complete at least 6 credits on an approved education abroad program, including short-or long-term study programs, as well as options for internship abroad.  These credits could be accepted as fulfilling specific requirements for the Minor.  Study tours are not included in this option because it is likely that the study tour courses will bencluded in the list of courses offered at Stockton for this Minor.

 Importance of Global Studies Minor

The Global Studies Minor consists of a set of courses that complements any discipline. 

The Global Studies minor gives students the opportunity to be exposed to a broad range of courses on global issues offered in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and sciences.

The interdisciplinary knowledge and intercultural skills acquired through this program are critical for students preparing for careers in areas such as international relations, public policy, business, law, finance, education, social work communications, politics, languages, and government. 

 The Global Studies Minor will:

  • provide students with the opportunity to study current issues, such as immigration, global environmental problems, and the Middle East and other present conflicts in various regions of the world,
  • offer students the opportunity to explore study current issues in specific regions and countries around the world,
  • develop the students’ critical skills through the analysis of current global issues, and
  • allow students to recognize the interconnectedness of economic, social, and cultural problems/issues around the world.

Core and elective courses are listed below:

Mandatory Courses:

GSS 2606: Introduction to Global Studies or GSS 1206 Go Global!
Capstone: Global Challenges and Solutions (GIS 4658)

 Students will have to choose at least one course from each of the sections listed below:

Global Issues/Areas Studies Courses:

The global issues/area studies concentration allows students to focus their attention on issues from a global or a geopolitical perspective.

  • GAH 1370 - Chinese Culture
  • GAH 2334 - Representing Race
  • GAH 3217 - Literature and Globalization
  • GEN 1302 - Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean
  • GIS 3303 - Experience Global Development
  • GIS 3416 - Our World Today
  • GIS 3625 - Global Geography
  • GIS 3635 - Discover Africa
  • GIS 3680 - Scotland: The Land and People
  • GIS 4480 - Tourism and Development: Caribbean
  • GIS 4612 - East Asia
  • GIS 4645 - Reform in China
  • GNM 1242 - Mapping the World’s Natural Resources
  • GNM 2116 - Cities of the World
  • GNM 2475 - Global Environmental Issues
  • GSS 2134 - Global Issues
  • GSS 2142 - US-China in 21st Century
  • GSS 2319 - Global Justice
  • GSS 2339 - Tourism and Sustainability
  • GSS 2361 - Human Trafficking
  • GSS 2368 - Global Community
  • GSS 2635 - UN Experience- International Study Tour (Model UN)
  • GSS 3218 - Our Whisky World
  • GSS 3234 - Human Rights in a Global Perspective
  • GSS 3274 - Democratization in Latin America
  • GSS 4601 - International Model UN Study Tour
  • COMM 3310 - Global Public Relations
  • MKGT 4460 - Global Marketing
  • POLS 2160 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 3360 - Comparative Politics of Human Rights

History and Culture Courses

This concentration explores the history and culture in various countries or regions from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • ANTH 1100 - Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 2152 - Language and Culture
  • ANTH 2238 - Anthropology Fieldwork in South Africa
  • COMM 3303 - International Communication
  • GAH 1090 - The History of Paris
  • GAH 1257 - The Art of Italy
  • GAH 1370 - Chinese Culture
  • GAH 1630 - World Civilizations to 1500: Food, Environment, and Humans
  • GAH 2211 - African and Asian Literature
  • GAH 2216 - Puerto Rican History & Culture
  • GAH 2270 - Theatre of the World
  • GAH 2284 - The History of Paris 
  • GAH 2330 - Theory and Practice of Language
  • GAH 2363 - Puerto Rico, Society, and Culture
  • GAH 2364 - Understanding Iraq
  • GAH 2404 - Bollywood Cinema: Past & Present
  • GAH 2406 - Philippine Culture and History
  • GAH 3127 - Modern Scandinavia in Literature and Film
  • GAH 3230 - French New Wave Cinema
  • GAH 3224 - Latin American and World Literature
  • GAH 3330 - Understanding the New Rules of Language
  • GIS 3342 - Latin American Study Tour
  • GIS 3640 - US and Islamic World
  • GAH 3651 - Stories of Migration
  • GIS 3673 - Understanding Global Learning
  • GIS 3686 - Disability Rights Around the World
  • GIS 4606 - Costa Rica Cultural Study Tour
  • GIS 4612 - East Asia
  • GIS 4655 - Greece Field Study: Discover
  • GIS 4660 - Grief and Loss
  • GIS 4674 - Globalization and Art
  • GSS 2196 - Race and Nation Through History
  • GSS 2451 - South Africa Now
  • GSS 2246 - Introduction to the Middle East
  • GSS 2626 - International Culture
  • GSS 3104 - Language and Power
  • GSS 3612 - Culture and Mental Health
  • HIST 2117 - Modern Germany
  • HIST 2140 - History of India
  • HIST 2146 - Indian Ocean History
  • HIST 2146 - Indian Ocean History
  • HIST 2149 - Conflict and Change in India
  • HIST 3100 - The Vietnam War
  • HTMS 3132 - Hospitality and Tourism
  • LANG 2140 - Spanish Reading Knowledge I
  • LANG 2141 - Spanish: Reading Knowledge II
  • LANG 2142 - Mapping Hispanic Cultures I
  • LANG 2143 - Mapping Hispanic Cultures II
  • LANG 2144 - Spanish for Health and Human Services I
  • LANG 2145 - Spanish for Health and Human Services II
  • LANG 3240 - Advanced Oral and Written Expression in Spanish
  • LANG 3242 - Spanish and Global Health
  • LANG 3256 - Hispanic Literature & Flim
  • LANG 3257 - Proficiency Methodology in Spanish
  • LANG 3258 - Applied Linguistics in Spanish
  • LANG 3259 - Latin American Theatre
  • LANG 3260 - Colombia: Society & Culture
  • LANG 3640 - Teaching Methodologies & Practices
  • LITT 2306 - Cultures of Colonialism
  • LITT 2309 - Medieval Women Writers
  • PHIL 2109 - Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • POLS 3645 - Politics of Transitional Societies
  • POLS 3658 - Politics in Film and Literature
  • PSYC 3230 - Cultural Psychology

Political Economy and Contemporary Issues Courses:

This concentration focuses on the economy, money, the environment, business, and current issues using a multidisciplinary and international approach.

  • AFRI 3125 - West Africa Now
  • ANTH 2136 - World Perspectives on Health
  • CRIM 2211 - Terrorism
  • ECON 3605 - History of Economic Thought
  • ECON 3655 - International Trade
  • ECON 3670 - International Economic Development
  • ECON 3675 - International Money and Finance
  • ENVL 4300 - Environmental Issues
  • GAH 2207 - Environmental Histories
  • GIS 3639 - Immigration and Immigrants
  • GIS 4671 - Contemporary African Business and Society/Study Tour
  • GSS 3234 - Human Rights in a Global Perspective
  • MGMT 3112 - International Business Management
  • MGMT 4100 - Manager in the World Economy
  • POLS 2170 - Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS 2274 - US Foreign Policy
  • POLS 3313 - International Order
  • POLS 3628 - Contentious Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • POLS 3662 - International Political Economy
  • POLS 3658 - Politics in Film & Literature
  • SUST 2100 - Environmental Sustainability
  • SUST 3325 - The Global Environment, Health & Justice
  • GSS 1052 - Global Change and Business
  • GSS 2210 - Poverty and Inequality
  • POLS 2160 - Introduction to Comparative Politics



Additional Information

If you have any questions about the minor, then please contact the Global Studies Minor Coordinator:

Lauren Balasco, Associate Professor of Political Science