​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

We are all citizens of a global community. The range of cultural diversity in American society and the world beyond demands that people in an ever-growing range of careers have the knowledge and communication skills to navigate cultural differences. Students in this major will choose a particular cultural or global area to study in depth. Possible areas of focus include African and African Diaspora studies, American Indian studies, cultural competency, East Asian studies, European studies, Latin American and Latino studies, and Middle East and Islamic studies, and social justice and global health.​​

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Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Cultural and Global Studies Major

The Cultural and Global Studies Major is designed with three important purposes in mind. It will equip students with broad understanding of the contemporary global context and its implications for human experience and action. It will help students to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of at least one culture other than their own. It will also equip students with critical tools in analysis, criticism, and communication that they can use to assess and navigate cultural differences. The knowledge and competencies gained in this program will provide students with critical skills sought by 21st-century employers in a wide range of fields, including business, health professions, government, non-governmental organizations, and social service agencies. This program can also prepare students for graduate study in their field of interest. The specific design of the major is as follows:
Total: 31-33 semester hours
Required Courses I
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ANT 170
Cultural Anthropology
GEO 121
Human Geography and Globalization
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Seminar in Cultural and Global Studies
Required Courses III
(12 hours)
Study in Depth Select 12 hours from one of the following Undergraduate Certificate Programs. Students completing the certificate will follow the curriculum for that certificate, found under the degree search tab and scrolling down to Undergraduate Certificates, or in the index of the paper bulletin). Students not completing the entire certificate must complete the required courses for that certificate in the 12 hours. They will choose additional electives in consultation with a CGS advisor. African and African Diaspora Studies American Indian Studies Cultural Competency East Asian Studies European Studies Human Geography Latin American and Latino Studies Middle East and Islamic Studies Social Justice in Global Health Note: No course counted for Required Courses III may be used to fulfill requirements listed under Required Courses IV.
Required Courses IV
(10-12 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(10-12 hours)
Option B
(12 hours)
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
Global Citizenship Complete 3 hours from one or more of the following:
Study Abroad
Internship or Service Learning