Global Studies Concentration

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Global Studies

The concentration in Global Studies is a very broad concentration covering any topics which fall across multiple regions of the world. Much of international relations, global climate concerns, third world development, world population and globalization fit under this concentration.

Language Requirement:

Students with a primary concentration in Global Studies must demonstrate competency in a language appropriate to the region of their secondary area of concentration.  (Competency means the equivalent of six courses in the same language.)

LSU Courses in the Global Studies Concentration:

  • ANTH 4031/REL 4031 – Comparative Religions (3)Religious systems in different levels of sociocultural evolution.
  • ECON 4070 – Economic Growth (3) Prerequisite:ECON 2000 and ECON 2010; or ECON 2030. Analysis of the determinants of economic growth through development of theoretical and empirical models of economic growth; discussion of both old and new growth theory and convergence of income levels across countries.
  • ECON 4520 – International Trade (3) Prerequisite:ECON 2000 and ECON 2010; or ECON 2030. Introduction to the basic theories of international trade including classical, neoclassical and post-neoclassical theories; discussion on how these theories relate to current economic events and policies; brief overview of major U.S. trade law; overview and analysis of major bilateral and multilateral trading agreements including the North American Free Trade Agreement, the European Union and the World Trade Organization.
  • ECON 4550 – International Finance (3) Prerequisite:ECON 2035 or equivalent. Exchange rates and the foreign exchange market; exchange rate determination in the short run and in the long run; alternative international currency systems, macroeconomic policy coordination under fixed and floating exchange rates.
  • ENVS 4010/EMS 4010 – Applied Ecology (2) Prerequisite:minimum of 10 semester hours of biological and/or physical science. The biosphere, air, land and aquatic environments; development of alternative techniques for correcting environmental pollution; environmental risk assessment analysis and management.
  • FIN 3718 – Multinational Managerial Finance (3) Prerequisite:FIN 3715 or FIN 3716. Multinational financial management; nature of international finance system; financing, investment and risk management of the multinational corporation.
  • HIST 2023 – The World Since 1960 (3) Major events since 1960 in the U.S., U.S.S.R., and selected nations of Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia; emphasis on social, economic, political and national security issues.
  • INTL 2000 – Contemporary Global Issues (3) This is a General Education course. Survey of current world issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • INTL 3002 – Independent Study in International Studies (3) May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours of credit when topics vary.Independent study relevant to the field of international studies.
  • INTL 3099 – Undergraduate Internship in International Studies (3) May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours of credit when topics vary.Open to undergraduate students approved by the International Studies Program. May be counted toward the total number of hours required for a major in International Studies but not toward fulfilling field requirements. Program of study, research and work in governmental or private agencies concerned with international policy.
  • INTL 4100 – Migration, Diasporas, and Identity (3) An interdisciplinary survey of global migration in the modern era and the resultant subnational and transnational forms of community, identity, and subjectivity: colonists, exiles, immigrants, refugees and transients.
  • MC 4103 – Comparative Media Systems (3) Prerequisite:majors only. Credit will not be given for this course and MC 4104. World mass media; news agencies, communication organizations, differing philosophies, international news flow and political, economic, cultural and geographical influences.
  • POLI 4040 – Special Topics in International Relations (3) Prerequisite:consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours credit when topics vary.
  • POLI 4050 – Globalization and Politics (3) Prerequisite:POLI 2057 or equivalent. Overview of the concepts, theories and empirical evidence associated with the emerging phenomenon known as globalization, with particular emphasis on its political, economic and cultural dimensions.
  • POLI 4041 – International Law (3) Prerequisite:POLI 2057 or equivalent. Development of international law; law of peace, war and neutrality; treaty law; recognition, war crimes, law enforcement, state responsibility and diplomatic immunities under the United Nations.
  • POLI 4042 – International Organization (3) Origins, development and future of international organization; emphasis on the United Nations.
  • POLI 4046 – International Political Economy (3) Prerequisite:POLI 2057 or equivalent. Theories of international interdependence, dependence and integration; politics of decision making on protectionism and international finance; role of multinational corporations in world political economy; North-South debate; economic issues and national security.
  • POLI 4060 – Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3) Prerequisite:consent of department. May be taken for a maximum of 6 semester hours of credit when topics vary.
  • POLI 4062 – Comparative Political Economy (3) Credit will not be given for both this course andPOLI 7976. Cross-regional comparison on the interaction between politics and economics; topics include electoral business cycles, foreign trade, foreign investment, industrial policy and the environment.
  • POLI 4064 – Comparative Politics of Developing Areas (3) Problems of development confronted by contemporary states and societies of the Third World; emphasis on role of ethnic pluralism, political parties, bureaucracies and the military.
  • REL 2029 – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (3) This is a General Education course. Credit will not be given for this course and REL 2030. Survey of the history, beliefs and practices of these three related religions.
  • REL 3300 – Women and Religion (3) Role of women in the religions of the world.
  • REL 4031/ANTH 4031 – Comparative Religions (3) Religious systems in different levels of sociocultural evolution.
  • REL 4032/ANTH 4032 – Religion, Gender, and Society (3) Examination of the link between religious ideas and gender formulations within simple and complex societies and certain religious communities.
  • REL 3092/INTL 3092 – Fundamentalisms and Religious Nationalism (3) Investigates how the phenomenon of fundamentalism manifests itself in combinations of religion and politics in various countries around the world as a response to “modernity.”
  • SOCL 4551 – Global Society (3) Prerequisite:SOCL 2001 or equivalent. Presents central concepts and major perspectives on international development, globalization and world poverty and income inequality.
  • SOCL 4701 – Population (3) Prerequisite:SOCL 2001 or equivalent. Processes that influence size and composition of human populations; determinants and consequences of demographic trends.
  • WGS 2900 – Gender, Race, and Nation (3) This is a General Education course.The constructs of gender and sexuality across diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and class boundaries.

Note: Course offerings will vary from semester to semester, and there are invariably new courses or special topics classes which are applicable to this concentration but do not appear on the list below.  A scheduling guide listing course offerings will be circulated before scheduling begins for each semester.  Also students who study abroad can ask to count courses taken abroad toward their concentration.  Generally any course focusing on multiple regions of the world can be applied to the concentration

Study Abroad Options:

Study Abroad options for this concentration are numerous.    Please visit the Academic Programs Abroad for more information.