B.A. in Global Studies


Program Information:

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The B.A. in Global Studies (GLST) is for students interested in:

  • local and global impacts of globalization
  • improving people’s lives through sustainable development
  • contemporary cultures and working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • geopolitics and international affairs
  • global security
  • focusing their coursework on a major world region such as the Middle East or Latin America
  • travel, tourism, and global heritage

 Thematic Emphasis

Students obtaining the B.A. in Global Studies choose one thematic emphasis for their coursework:

  1. Culture, the Arts and Humanities
  2. Geopolitics and the Global Economy
  3. Global Sustainability

Students have many options for selecting courses to fulfill their thematic emphasis.

Skill Option

Students also choose at least one skill to advance their career preparation. Skill options include:

  • a foreign language
  • a course in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • a course in Fieldwork/data collection
  • a course in spatial analysis

 Study Abroad Possibilities

Students will have the option to fulfill course requirements abroad by either following a traditional semester study abroad path through the Oklahoma State Study Abroad Office or by enrolling in shorter one-two week courses led by department faculty.

 Internship Opportunity

As seniors, students take a Senior Capstone course and have the option to complete an internship and get real-world job experience.


Job and Career Opportunities:

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Students majoring in Global Studies can pursue jobs within the United States or abroad.They can seek careers with local, state or federal agencies, in the private sector, or with non-governmental and charitable organizations. A Global Studies major is also a good way to prepare for law school or graduate study.

Government agencies

  • U.S. AID (Agency for International Development)
  • U.S. Department of State (including the Foreign Service)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Military
  • Peace Corps
  • CIA

Non-governmental and charitable organizations and careers

  • United Nations
  • International Monetary Fund
  • World Bank
  • Church mission coordinator
  • Grant writer
  • Development specialist
  • Global outreach director
  • Social ministry development
  • Project researcher

Private-sector careers

  • Public information specialist
  • Cultural diversity trainer
  • Policy analyst
  • Tour guide
  • Global sourcing specialist
  • International corporate affairs manager
  • Regional compliance manager
  • Citizen and immigration services

 About our Faculty

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Our faculty have expertise in the following regions:

  • Central Asia
  • Latin America
  • Australia and Oceania
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • Europe

 Faculty research has been funded by such agencies as: 

  • National Science Foundation
  • UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)
  • IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board)
  • National Geographic
  • Fulbright-Hayes

Faculty research has been published in journals such as Arab World Geographer, Journal of Third World Studies, Journal of Land Change Science, Journal of Cultural Geography, and Journal of Latin American Geography, to name a few. 

More than one-quarter of the faculty have led study abroad courses. 


Curriculum:

Requirements for the B.A. in Global Studies

B.A. IN GLOBAL STUDIES  (44 HOURS)
   A)  THE FOLLOWING COURSES ARE ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED:
GEOG 1113 3 Hours   Introduction to Cultural Geography
GEOG 1713 3 Hours   World Regional Geography
GEOG/GLST 2103 3 Hours   Introduction to Global Studies
GEOG/GLST 2002 2 Hours   Environmental Sustainability
GLST 4513 3 Hours  Global Studies Senior Capstone
   B)  CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SKILLS COURSES:
GEOG 4203 3 Hours   Principles of Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4313 3 Hours   Geographic Field Techniques and Data Collection
GEOG 3333 3 Hours   Spatial Analysis (Prerequisite: STAT 2013 or 2023 or 2053)
   C)  6 HOURS OF REGIONAL STUDY (ONE FROM EACH CATEGORY)
Western Region 3 Hours   GLST/GEOG: 3713, 3723, 3742, or 3793
Non-Western Region 3 Hours  GLST/GEOG: 3053, 3733, 3752, 3763, or 3783
   D)  THEMATIC COURSES (15 HOURS, SELECT FIVE COURSES FROM ONE CATEGORY)
Culture, the arts and humanities 15 Hours ANTH 3353, ANTH 3443, ANTH 4883, ART 4703, ART 4713, ART 4793, ENGL 3463, ENGL 4350, GEOG 3173, GEOG 3213, GEOG, 4143, GEOG 4253, GWST 4950, HIST 3133, HIST 3543, HIST 3553, HIST 3583, PHIL 3613, PHIL 3623, PHIL 3943, PHIL 4943, PHIL 4953, REL/SOC 3713, REL 4113, REL 4213, REL 4223, SOC 4653
Geopolitics and the Global Economy 15 Hours AGEC 4343, ECON 3613, Econ 4643, EEE 3020, EEE 3403, ENTO/PLP 2143, GEOG 3123, GEOG 3133, GEOG 3163, GEOG 3183, MKTG 3993, POLS 3003, POLS 3033, POLS 3123, POLS 3163, POLS 3193, POLS 3223, POLS 3313, POLS 3893, POLS 4013, POLS 4043, POLS 4114, POLS 4223
Sustainability 15 Hours ENTO 2003, ENTO 2223, ENVR 1113, ENVR 3113, GEOG 2344, GEOG 3023, GEOG 4113, GEOG 4003, GEOG 4073, GEOG 4233, HIST 4603, NREM 4001, NREM 4043, NREM 4063, NREM 4473, NSCI 3543, SOC 4433, SOC 4453, SOC 4533
   E)  6 HOURS OF UPPER-DIVISION (NON-GEOG) DEPARTMENTAL APPROVED RELATED COURSES
MINIMUM 2.50 GPA REQUIRED FOR THESE 44 CREDITS

 


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Donald Colley
Undergraduate Advisor
OSU Department of Geography
344 Murray Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK  74078
(405) 744-9171  
don.colley@okstate.edu