Carnegie Mellon University

Major Requirements

Students graduating with a primary major in Global Studies receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Global Studies may also be taken as an additional major.  Global Histories (79-104), 93 additional units including 79-275 and 79-400, and proficiency in a language other than English are required for the major. Students may double count a maximum of two courses for the Global Studies major that are used to fulfill the requirements of other majors and programs. Students should consult with the Global Studies academic advisor about new courses and study abroad courses that may be approved for the Global Studies major. The full list of Global Studies requirements is also available in .pdf format.

I. Required General Education Course

History 79-104 Global Histories (9 units)

II. Global Studies Introductory and Capstone Courses

Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for this course to count toward the major.

History 79-275 Introduction to Global Studies (9 units)

The research seminar is the capstone course for Global Studies majors and is designed to give students the chance to define and carry out a research project of personal interest. Students are strongly encouraged to incorporate their prior coursework (including foreign language training), study abroad or internships into their research. Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for this course to count toward the major.

History 79-400 Advanced Seminar in Global Studies (12 units)

III. Language Requirement

Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is a crucial component of the major in Global Studies. Normally this requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing a course conducted in the second language at the 300 level or above for French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or the fourth semester (Intermediate II) level or above for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian. Comparable proficiency for other languages can be considered. Additional advanced cultural, historical, and literary study in the second language is strongly recommended. Courses in a language other than English may also be counted as GS distribution courses or GS electives as appropriate, and students may receive credit for “Language Across the University” courses and appropriate internship and service learning options.

IV. Theoretical and Topical Core Courses

To gain a solid foundation in the theories and analytical topics underpinning the B.A. in Global Studies, students select 18 units (typically two classes) from the core courses listed below. Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better in these courses to fulfill the theoretical and topical core course requirement.

English 76-453 Literature of Empire
English 76-497 Culture: Interdisciplinary Approaches
History 79-200 Introduction to Historical Research & Writing
History 79-297 Dilemmas and Controversies in Anthropology
History 79-314 The Politics and Culture of Memory
History 79-317 Art, Anthropology, and Empire
History 79-318 Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice
History 79-332 Medical Anthropology
History 79-376 Doing Transnational History
History 79-377 Food, Culture and Power: A History of Eating
History 79-380 Ethnographic Methods
History 79-381 Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World

V. Transnational, Global, and Regional Courses

To gain insight into how complex transnational and global processes shape and are affected by local, national, and regional dynamics, students will select 27 units (typically three courses) from one or both of the subcategories below.

Transnational and Global Courses

Architecture 62-525 Urban Nature, Architecture and the Modern South Asian City
English 76-322 Global Masala: South Asians in the Diaspora
English 76-353 Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film
English 76-384 Race, Nation, and the Enemy
English 76-440 Postcolonial Theory: Diaspora and Transnationalism
English 76-448 The Global Renaissance
History 79-224 Mayan America
History 79-228 Global Empire: Commerce, Finance, Naval Power in Rise & Fall of the British Empire
History 79-233 The United States and the Middle East since 1945
History 79-237 Comparative Slavery
History 79-251 India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development
History 79-273 Jews and Muslims in History: From the Time of Muhammad to the Present
History 79-376 Beyond the Border
History 79-280 Brewing Revolution? Coffee and Social Change from Adam Smith to Starbucks
History 79-282 Europe and the World since 1800
History 79-283 Hungry World: Food and Famine in Global Perspective
History 79-288 Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: A History of Latin America-US Relations
History 79-289 Animal Planet: An Environmental History of People and Animals
History 79-290 Slave Passage: From West Africa to the Americas
History 79-295 Race Relations in the Atlantic World
History 79-315 The Politics of Water: Global Controversies, Past and Present
History 79-333 Sex, Gender & Anthropology
History 79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
History 79-385 The Making of the African Diaspora
Philosophy 80-348 Health Development and Human Rights
Philosophy 80-447 Global Justice
Mod. Lang. 82-283 Language Diversity & Cultural Identity
Mod. Lang. 82-304 The Francophone World
Mod. Lang. 82-345 Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies (various topics)
IPS 84-319 U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs
IPS 84-322 Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution
IPS 84-326 Theories of International Relations
IPS 84-389 Terrorism and Insurgency

Regional Courses: Africa

History 79-215 The End of Colonialism and the Birth of Modern Africa, 1945-1975
History 79-225 West African History in Film
History 79-226 African History: Earliest Times to 1780
History 79-227 African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid
History 79-291 Globalization in East African History
History 79-386 Entrepreneurs in Africa: Past, Present, and Future

Regional Courses: The Middle East

History 79-229 Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1884-1948
History 79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948
History 79-307 Religion and Politics in the Middle East
History 79-336 Oil & Water: Middle East Perspectives
History 79-398 Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War
ModLang 82-300 Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies (taught in English)

Regional Courses: Eastern and Southern Asia and the Pacific

English 76-354 South Asian Literature
History 79-264 Tibet and China: History and Propaganda
Mod.Lang. 82-431 China and the West
SDS 88-411 The Rise of the Asian Economies

Regional Courses: The Americas

History 79-219 Modern Cuba: A Travel Guide for Millennials, 1898 to the Present
History 79-220 Screening Mexico: Mexican Cinema, 1898 to Present
History 79-221 Development and Democracy in Latin America
History 79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
History 79-223 Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to Drug Wars
History 79-235 Caribbean Cultures
Mod. Lang. 82-245 Bodies of Conflict: Gender, Violence and Protest in Latin America
Mod. Lang. 82-343 Latin America:  Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-451 Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture (various topics)
Mod. Lang. 82-455/56 Topics in Hispanic Studies (various topics)

Regional Courses: Europe

History 79-202 Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800
History 79-203 Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe
History 79-205 20th/21st Century Europe
History 79-207 Development of European Culture
History 79-268 World War I: The 20th Century's First Catastrophe
History 79-323 Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-1800
History 79-353 Religious Identities and Religious Conflicts in 19th Century Europe
Mod. Lang. 82-320 Contemporary Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Mod. Lang. 82-323 Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in the Twentieth Century
Mod. Lang. 82-415/416 Topics in French and Francophone Studies
Mod. Lang. 82-441 Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture

VI. Electives

Students are required to take an additional 27 units of elective courses, selected from one or both of the subcategories below. Category IV and V courses listed above that are not used to fulfill those requirements may be counted as electives in addition to the courses listed below.

Global Studies offers students the opportunity to gain credit for a 9 unit elective while gaining first-hand experience interning with Pittsburgh-based organizations that work across borders.  79-506 Global Studies Internship is offered every semester and students should register for the course after consulting with the academic advisor and faculty director. The faculty director will assist students with matching their interests to local organizations and identifying an on-site supervisor available to collaborate in the ongoing and final evaluation of the student's work.

Thematic Elective Courses

Music 57-306 World Music
Bus. Admin. 70-365 International Trade and International Law
English 76-241 Introduction to Gender Studies
English 76-318 Communicating in the Global Marketplace
English 76-386 Language and Culture
English 76-450 Literary and Cultural Theory: Law, Culture, and the Humanities
History 79-201 Introduction to Anthropology
History 79-206 Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe
History 79-284

Introduction to Archaeological Methods: The Social Life of Things

History 79-286 Archaeology: Understanding the Ancient World
History 79-287 The Mummy's Curse: Uses and Abuses of Archaeology
History 79-298 Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal
History 79-301 History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Edward Snowden
History 79-330 Medicine and Society
History 79-349 The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
History 79-394 Exploring History through Geography: GIS for Historians
History 79-506 Global Studies Internship
Philosophy 80-244 Environmental Ethics
Philosophy 80-247 Ethics and Global Economies
Philosophy 80-335 Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice
Philosophy 80-344 Management, Environment, and Ethics
Mod. Lang. 82-215 Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-311 Arabic Language and Culture I
Mod. Lang. 82-312 Arabic Language and Culture II
Mod. Lang. 82-541 Hispanic Studies: Special Topics
IPS 84-275 Comparative Politics
IPS 84-310 International Political Economy and Organizations
IPS 84-321 Autocrats and Democrats
IPS 84-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft
SDS 88-412 Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century
Univ-Wide 99-336 Muslims in a Global Context (mini, 3 units)
Univ-Wide 99-337 Muslims in a Global Context: Southeast Asia (mini, 3 units)
Univ-Wide 99-338 Muslims in a Global Context: Central Asia (mini, 3 units)
Univ-Wide 99-341 Muslims in a Global Context: Sub-Saharan Africa (mini, 3 units)

Nation-based Elective Courses

English 76-337 Intro to Ethnic American Studies
History 79-231 American Foreign Policy - 1945 to the Present
History 79-320 Women, Politics, and Protest
History 79-331 Body Politics: Women and Health in America
Mod. Lang. 82-344 U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture
History 79-269 London and the Birth of Modern Britain, 1800 to the Present
History 79-261 The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-1900
History 79-262 Modern China: From the Birth of Mao to Now
History 79-309 The Chinese Revolution through Film (1949-2000)
Mod. Lang. 82-333 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-433 Topics in Contemporary Culture of China
Mod. Lang. 82-434 Studies in Chinese Traditions
Mod. Lang. 82-440 Studies in Chinese Literature and Culture
Univ-Wide 99-332 China Today (mini, 3 units)
History 79-258 French History: From the Revolution to De Gaulle
History 79-259 France During World War II
Mod. Lang. 82-303 Introduction to French Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-305 French in its Social Contexts
History 79-256 20th Century Germany
History 79-257 Germany and the Second World War
History 79-326 German History through Film
History 79-358 Nazi Ghettos: From Spatial Segregation to Killing Zones
Mod. Lang. 82-327 The Emergence of the German Speaking World
Mod. Lang. 82-425 Topics in German Literature and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-427 Nazi and Resistance Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-428 History of German Film
History 79-319 India Through Film (mini, 6 units)
Univ-Wide 99-331 India Today: Industry, Innovation, and Education (mini, 3 units)
English 76-369 Art, Conflict, and Technology in Northern Ireland
History 79-255 Irish History
Mod. Lang. 82-361 Introduction to Italian Culture I
Mod. Lang. 82-362 Italian Language and Culture II
Mod. Lang. 82-273 Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-278 Japanese Film and Literature
Mod. Lang. 82-473/474 Topics in Japanese Studies
Mod. Lang. 82-253 Korean Culture through Film (taught in English)
Mod. Lang. 82-254 World of Korea, Then and Now (taught in English)
History 76-265 Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar
History 79-266 Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism
History 79-267 The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History
History 79-322 Stalin and the Great Terror
History 79-389 Stalin and Stalinism
Mod. Lang. 82-293 Introduction to Russian Culture
Mod. Lang. 82-294 Topics in Russian Language and Culture
Univ-Wide 99-334 Russia Today (mini, 3 units)
Univ-Wide 99-335 South Africa Today (mini, 3 units)
Mod. Lang. 82-342 Spain: Language and Culture