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2016-2017 Shepherd University Catalog 
2016-2017 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies, B.A.

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Global Studies at Shepherd University is an interdisciplinary program combining courses in the social sciences, natural sciences, arts, humanities, and professional fields. It is designed for students seeking knowledge and analysis of global issues and a more in-depth understanding of today’s interdependent world.

This program prepares students to excel in cross-cultural, multilingual environments by providing them with 2nd language skills and knowledge of history, geography, politics, economics, business, culture, the arts and a broad range of global issues.


Curriculum for a Major in Global Studies

The Core Curriculum has both required and recommended courses for the Global Studies major. Global Learning (GL) and other courses with international focus are recommended. In addition to the Core Curriculum and Global Studies required core courses, students will select a concentration for focused study, study a foreign language, engage in an international experience, select regional courses, and complete a capstone course.  ENVS 201 /ENVS 201L  and ENVS 202 /ENVS 202L  are required for the Global Environments concentration. ECON 205  is required for the Global Economics and Development concentration. Students should work closely with an academic advisor for selection of appropriate courses.

Total Hours required, 54 Hours:

Any two courses from world regions, 6 Hours:

Choose one concentration, 15 Hours:

At least 9 credits must be upper division (300- and 400-level) coursework. Students may not apply the same course both to the Global Studies Core/Regional electives and to the Concentration.



The student is required to complete 12 semester hours in the same foreign language OR demonstrate competence in that language by achieving a score specified by the department on a standardized language examination and by passing an interview with the modern language faculty.

International Experience

Each student will participate in an international experience appropriate to his or her concentration and/or language study for the major. The international experience must be at least six weeks in length and outside the U.S., approved in advance by the Global Studies Director, and be part of a program or partnership authorized by Shepherd University. In rare instances the Director may approve a shorter international experience. An international experience may take a variety of forms, e.g., semester abroad or at sea; summer immersion courses; teaching practicum; international volunteer work; and an international internship.

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