Global and Transnational Studies

Global and Transnational Studies offers students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the world and the most pressing issues it faces. It combines essential global studies courses, a choice of a specialized focus area, intermediate study of foreign language, and study abroad. A minor in Global and Transnational Studies is ideal for students preparing for the broad range of professional careers and graduate programs of study that seek individuals with global proficiency, and for anyone who wishes to be an informed citizen prepared to engage with the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.

The global and transnational studies minor requires a minimum of 24 credit hours.

Global Foundations (3 hours)

CORE 201: Global Foundations
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to the study of globalization and its impacts. Emphasis lies on the study of globalization as a concept, as well as the application of the concept to the examination of contemporary issues. Some courses focus on specific issues or world regions. Each section draws on the expertise of the individual faculty member.

Global Core (6 hours)
Choose two of the following courses:

ANTH 111: Introduction to Anthropology
3 credit hours

A survey that builds on basic anthropological concepts, methodologies and theories to examine human cultures in a variety of geographic and historical contexts. Topics include human origins, biological evolution, archaeology, gender, health, religion, family and marriage, economics, political organization and representation.

HIST 108: World History from 1500
3 credit hours

A broad survey of world history from 1500 to the present. Exploration of various modern world cultures with a focus on connections and conflicts between them.

PLSC 152: Introduction to International Relations
3 credit hours

A study of the historical background and contemporary organization of the international political system and the world economy.

SOCI 202: Global Social Problems
3 credit hours

This course examines major global social problems and applies the sociological perspectives in understanding the contemporary global social problems such as race and ethnic conflict, war, public health, poverty, population and environmental issues.

Global Focus Area (9 hours)
Choose one Global Focus Area and complete three courses within that area

Focus on Human Rights

ANTH 362: Gender and Islam
3 credit hours

This course offers an overview and in-depth consideration of the relationship between gender and religion in Islamic cultures around the world. The course introduces students to cultural practices of Islamic society and the ways that women’s lives are shaped by religious forces. Readings and course materials emphasize the cultural contexts of the women’s lived experiences and daily practices, including the regulatory discourses of veiling and seclusion, kinship structures, violence, health, feminist activism, literary expressions, etc. Students will also look critically at the emergence of Islamic feminist thought, in dialogue with the human rights discourse present in western feminism, to draw out issues related to gender, ethics, and cultural relativism in a global world.

HIST 381: The Holocaust
3 credit hours

A detailed study of the origins, motivations and consequences of the Holocaust. Special focus on historiographical debates and primary sources documents. Is the Holocaust unique or does it share commonalities with other genocides?

PLSC 350: International Organizations and Law
3 credit hours

Louis Henkin famously wrote, “...almost all nations observe almost all principles of international law and almost all of their obligations almost all of the time.” This class attempts to demonstrate how the ‘almosts’ in that quote are key to answering the questions, “Does international law matter and what are the real-world impacts of international organizations?”

PLSC 384: Political Liberalism and Justice
3 credit hours

This course examines the fundamental liberal ideas and concepts underlying democratic institutions and practices, beginning with Rawls’ theory of justice. Students will apply these ideas and concepts to both American and international political settings, where questions of democracy are necessary for global development. Special attention will be given the place of human rights in democratic societies.

SOCI 306: Social Movements
3 credit hours

An examination of historical and contemporary collective protest movements that seek change in or preservation of the social and political structure of society. Course will survey theory and research on social change featuring case studies that include the United States labor movement, civil rights, feminism, gay/lesbian rights, environmentalism, animal rights and the new right conservatism movement.

SOCI 341: Homosexuality and Civil Liberties
3 credit hours

Examination of the rise of the gay and lesbian movement and the challenges of achieving civil liberties and civil rights in dominantly heterosexual Western and non-Western societies.

Focus on Power and Poverty

ANTH 315: Gender, Sex and the Body
3 credit hours

A study of the concepts of culture and the body, including critical analysis of alternative gendered experiences, comparisons of how cultures shape identities about the body and sexuality, and cultural perceptions about sexuality, child-bearing and self-identification.

ECON 335: Poverty and Discrimination
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business 
Extent of poverty and income inequality in U.S. economy is described. Various theories that attempt to explain causes of poverty and inequality are discussed. Existing antipoverty programs are analyzed as are proposals for policy changes. Students will also complete a relevant research project.

PLSC 307: Globalization, Politics and Justice
3 credit hours

An examination of globalization, its history, its contemporary rise and its effects on the world today. Students will consider how globalization transforms politics and affects economic and social justice.

SOCI 302: Poverty and Inequality
3 credit hours

This course explores the causes and consequences of institutionalized inequality and how life chances, including life, health and death differ by race, socioeconomic status, and gender. Special emphasis will be given to how these social statuses affect health outcomes in the community.

SOCI 306: Social Movements
3 credit hours

An examination of historical and contemporary collective protest movements that seek change in or preservation of the social and political structure of society. Course will survey theory and research on social change featuring case studies that include the United States labor movement, civil rights, feminism, gay/lesbian rights, environmentalism, animal rights and the new right conservatism movement.

Focus on Human Diversity

ANTH 311: Issues in Community and Global Health
3 credit hours

This course introduces community and public health by framing it in a broad global context, and it examines social and cognitive factors contributing to health status and behavior. Topics may include the history and practice of public health; the social, political and economic determinants of health disparities; and distributions of disability, disease, and mortality.

COMM 332: Intercultural Communication
3 credit hours

A survey of critical and qualitative inquiry into intercultural communication. This course provides an introduction to the tenets of intercultural research as well as in-depth analysis of intercultural communication competency and cultural criticism. Topics include introductory readings in ethnography, social anthropology and communication studies, and numerous case studies across various cultures. Theories include nonverbal communication analysis and facework across cultures. Diversity issues and identity politics are explored.

ECON 335: Poverty and Discrimination
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business 
Extent of poverty and income inequality in U.S. economy is described. Various theories that attempt to explain causes of poverty and inequality are discussed. Existing antipoverty programs are analyzed as are proposals for policy changes. Students will also complete a relevant research project.

PLSC 307: Globalization, Politics and Justice
3 credit hours

An examination of globalization, its history, its contemporary rise and its effects on the world today. Students will consider how globalization transforms politics and affects economic and social justice.

PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology
3 credit hours

Explores the multiple and reciprocal nature of interaction between culture, intra-individual processes (such as perception, cognition, personality) and inter- individual processes (such as communication and group identity). Factors affecting these interactions, like ethnocentrism and prejudice, are also examined.

SOCI 302: Poverty and Inequality
3 credit hours

This course explores the causes and consequences of institutionalized inequality and how life chances, including life, health and death differ by race, socioeconomic status, and gender. Special emphasis will be given to how these social statuses affect health outcomes in the community.

Study Abroad

All students are required to participate in a study abroad program that meets the criteria for Drury’s Engaged Learning requirement. Students who believe that required travel would impose an extreme hardship may apply to substitute a globally relevant Engaged Learning activity, pending approval from the Global and Transnational Studies program director and steering committee.

*Equivalent TOEFL score may be substituted for non-native English speakers.