Global Studies

Examine the “big picture” of human behavior. What is the nature of humanity and the way society influences people’s lives?

Lyndon’s Global Studies major provides students with an array of experiential opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. We organize international travel and internships, anthropological fieldwork, and service learning opportunities.

We also have a vigorous community service program in our department, housing the LSC Humanitarian Center. We require that students participate in service as part of their senior portfolio.

Global Studies, B.A.

Required Courses

Foundations of Social Science (21-22 Credits)

Minimum required credits for the program: 39-40

* For Licensure in Social Studies Secondary Education, complete the Global Studies program, taking the asterisked courses plus two courses at the 3000 or 4000 level in American History or American Government for upper-level courses.


Choose six (6) courses from the following:

Concentration in Global Studies (18 credits)

At least 18 credits of the following, at least nine credits at the 3000/4000 level.  No more than six credits of fieldwork courses (ANT-3820, SSC 2020 and SSC-3820) may be counted toward the degree.


Graduates of the Global Studies concentration will be able to:

develop an understanding of the history and culture of various regions around the world in finding solutions to current global problems

demonstrate ability to enhance their global awareness by gaining knowledge in a foreign language, observing a culture different from their native culture, or exhibiting completed works on issues related to globalization.

Concentration in History (18 credits)

Concentration in Anthropology/Sociology (18 credits)

At least 18 credits of the following, at least 12 credits at the 3000/4000 level

Academic and Fieldwork Opportunities

Global Studies majors may elect to make independent arrangements to study abroad with faculty approval. Internships undertaken through Cooperative Education enable students to gain firsthand experience in areas related to their major and interests. Students have acted as legislative aides in government, worked in museums, law offices, correctional facilities, and have been involved with social-service delivery programs and with municipal government research projects.

In addition, the department offers a number of opportunities for students to experience the culture of a foreign country by traveling to that country and visiting historic and cultural sites, cultural events, and interacting with the people and culture. The department also offers ANT 3820 Anthropology Fieldwork and SSC 3820 Global Studies Fieldwork. Only two fieldwork/trip courses will count towards the advanced area studies credits in either major.

Global Studies Minors

Anthropology and Sociology Minor

A degree in Anthropology and Sociology examines the “big picture” of human behavior, including the nature of human nature and the way society influences people’s lives. Recognizing these similarities, our major blends the two areas of study. For those with a strong interest in one discipline or the other, it is possible to select courses with a primary focus in either, but we encourage our majors to explore and draw on the insights from both disciplines. Our curriculum includes a number of courses that combine sociological and anthropological thinking, including courses on the culture of food, medical anthropology, global interdependence, comparative cultures, religion, family, and social justice. At there are a number of opportunities to develop a better understanding of the social world we live in through a variety of study abroad, internship, and volunteer activities.


Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociology examines the “public issues” that underlie “private troubles.” Sociology uses systematic, scientific methods of investigation and questions many of the common sense and taken-for-granted views of our social world.


Anthropology is a broad, holistic study of human beings. Anthropology includes archeology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology/ethnography. Cultural anthropologists study living cultures—from hunter and gatherer societies in Africa to large corporations in the USA—by living in the culture and gaining the insiders’ point of view.

Minimum required for the minor: 18

Requirements for the minor

Additional Credits: (12 Credits)

Twelve additional credits in Anthropology or Sociology (including PSY-3090 – Lifespan Across Cultures), at least nine credits at the 3000-4000 level.

History Minor

Minimum required credits for the minor: 18

Requirements for the minor

Choose at Least Two Courses From: (6 credits)

Additional Courses: (12 credits)

Four additional courses in history, at least three at the 3000-4000 level

Pre-Law Minor

Electives (9 Credits)

Choose 3 elective courses for 9 credits from the following:

Note: at least one course must be a law course (BUS 2450, CRJ 2510, POS 3170, or SPL 4020), and at least 3 credits must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Race and Gender Minor

Electives (9 Credits)

Choose 3 courses for a total of 9 credits. At least 3 credits must be at the 3000 level.

Russian and Eurasian Studies Minor

Minimum required credits for minor:  18

Russian Language Study

Minimum 3 credits required in Russian language earned through coursework or course challenge

Russian and Eurasian Studies Courses

12-15 credits required from courses with Russian and Eurasian studies content. At least nine (9) credits must be earned at the 3000-4000 levels.

Graduates of the major of Global Studies will be able to:

  • analyze social phenomena to demonstrate familiarity with cultural diversity;
  • utilize disciplinary concepts, knowledge, and tools of the social sciences to analyze social phenomena of the past or present that reflect an understanding of the factors that influence human social behavior;
  • conduct original research using critical thinking and social science research methodologies, develop a thesis, and, using the appropriate computer and analytical skills, interpret the results of one’s research into a written monograph that conforms to the standards of the discipline(s);
  • present their research findings clearly and accurately in the form of an oral presentation; and
  • demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively (with at least two individuals) on a service project.

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