Globalization Studies

Degree Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Major in Globalization Studies

Ecological WorldThe program offers students two different options for pursuing a major:

A regular 36-credit major.
This alternative is similar to the one below, except for requiring fewer credits (15 rather than 21 credits) in the thematic concentration area, and not having a geographic concentration requirement. However, students still have the flexibility to develop a regional focus.

A combined major and minor program.
This combination requires a minimum of 54 and/or maximum of 60 credits (depending on level of foreign language proficiency the student brings into the program). The combined major/minor in Globalization Studies uniquely brings together training in disciplinary or interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative perspectives with a student’s particular area of thematic and geographic or regional concentration, preparing students for more specialized careers and professional pursuits.

These two options are detailed below.

A. Degree Requirements for the 36 Credit-Stand Alone Major in Globalization Studies

Core Courses (6 credits)

GLO 103 (CAS 103) Perspectives on Globalization (3)
GLO 203 Theoretical Perspectives on Globalization (3)

The core sequence serves as the backbone of the major, providing coherence and linking the diverse and complex themes covered. Each student in the major, regardless of concentration or orientation towards the social sciences, humanities, or natural sciences, is afforded this common experience and a common space for joint reflection in the freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

Other Course Requirements: 15 credits of the following:

Children in Latin America1) Methodology Requirement (3 credits)

One methods course, approved by the major advisor, should be taken in support of the student’s field of concentration from a list of options provided by participating departments. As the major matures, we will develop a third required course, as a single methods requirement for all globalization majors.

2) Information Literacy Requirement (3 credits)

One course approved by the student’s advisor to ensure the student can effectively use information technologies to successfully complete course work.

3) Practicum (6 credits)

The practicum six-credit requirement includes a study abroad experience or an internship in a relevant institution or organization, and will normally be completed in the junior or senior year. The practicum should be linked in some fashion to the student’s area of concentration and must be approved by the student’s advisor and the Director of Globalization Studies. In addition, practicum students are required to participate in a web-based, faculty-moderated colloquium and produce a web-based journal/blog reflecting on their experience and understanding of the issues discussed.

Note: Since many internships and study abroad programs yield more than six credits, some or all of the additional credits may, with permission of the Director and student’s advisor, be applied to the major.

4) GLO 403 Senior Essay (3 credits)

An extensive research project, which may be based on the practicum experience and incorporate elements of the web-based blog created during that experience. The essay should constitute some substantial and original critical or scholarly argument on a topic relevant to the student’s area of concentration. The student’s advisor should approve the topic and an outline beforehand. The essay should be between 25-35 pages long and demonstrate the student’s grasp of multi-disciplinary approaches and of new ways of acquiring and applying knowledge.

Thematic Concentration (15 credits)

Each student works with an assigned faculty adviser in the program to develop an individualized and coherent area of concentration. Typically the concentration relates to the student’s thematic area, geographical region, disciplinary interests, and appropriate methodology course requirements (see above). It may also relate to the student’s second major (if the student has one), and the student’s future career objectives.

Although the Globalization Studies major encourages students to choose from the four pre-designed thematic concentrations (Global Flows, Local Changes; Power Relations and Governance; Cultures and Identities; Global Environment and Ecology), students may also work with their faculty advisor to select the most appropriate courses for their concentration and special academic and career interests.

Ancient World MapForeign Language Requirement (0-6 credits)

In order to graduate with a major in Globalization Studies, a student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at least equivalent to the intermediate level of the language. This requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of intermediate (or higher level) courses in the language or by demonstrated proficiency through an exam or other approved means.

Note: With approval of the major advisor, some foreign language courses at the intermediate level or above may be applied elsewhere in the major, if appropriate.

B. Degree Requirements for the Combined Major-Minor

The combined major-minor in Globalization Studies requires a minimum of 54 credits or a maximum of 60 credits (depending on satisfaction of language requirements) distributed as described below. Students majoring in Globalization Studies may choose to have a second major, since some courses may be “double counted” toward any two majors.

Core Courses (6 credits)

A GLO 103 (CAS 103) Perspectives on Globalization (3)
A GLO 203 Theoretical Perspectives on Globalization (3)

The core sequence serves as the backbone of the major, providing coherence and linking the diverse and complex themes covered. Each student in the major, regardless of concentration or orientation towards the social sciences, humanities, or natural sciences, is afforded this common experience and a common space for joint reflection in the freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

Other Course Requirements: 15 credits as follows:

1) Methodology Requirement (3 credits)

One methods course, approved by the major advisor, should be taken in support of the student’s field of concentration from a list of options provided by participating departments.

2) Information Literacy Requirement (3 credits)

One course approved by the student’s advisor to ensure the student can effectively use information technologies to successfully complete course work.

3) Practicum (6 credits)

The practicum six-credit requirement includes a study abroad experience or an internship in a relevant institution or organization, and will normally be completed in the junior or senior year. The practicum should be linked in some fashion to the student’s area of concentration and must be approved by the student’s advisor and the Director of the Globalization Studies major. In addition, practicum students are required to participate in a web-based, faculty-moderated colloquium and produce a web-based journal/blog reflecting on their experience and understanding the issues discussed

Note: Since many internships and study abroad programs yield more than six credits, some or all of the additional credits may, with permission of the Director and student’s advisor, be applied to the major.

4) GLO 403 Senior Essay (3 credits)

An extensive research project, which may be based on the practicum experience and incorporate elements of the web-based blog created during that experience. The essay should constitute some substantial and original critical or scholarly argument on a topic relevant to the student’s area of concentration. The student’s advisor should approve the topic and an outline beforehand. The essay should be between 25-35 pages long and demonstrate the student’s grasp of multi-disciplinary approaches and of new ways of acquiring and applying knowledge.

Thematic Concentration (21 Credits)

Each student works with an assigned faculty adviser in the program to develop an individualized and coherent area of concentration equivalent to a minor. Typically the concentration relates to the student’s thematic area, regional and disciplinary interests, and appropriate methodology course requirements (see #1-4 above). It may also relate to the student’s second major (if the student has one), and the student’s future career objectives.

Although the Globalization Studies major encourages students to choose from the four pre-designed thematic concentrations (Global Flows, Local Changes; Power Relations and Governance; Cultures and Identities; Global Environment and Ecology), students may also work with their faculty advisor to select the most appropriate courses for their concentration and special academic and career interests.

Geographic Region Requirement (12 credits)

A minimum of 12 credits relating to a specific geographical region or regions (Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East, the United States) is required.

Foreign Language Requirement (0-6 credits)

In order to graduate with a major in Globalization Studies, a student must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at least equivalent to the intermediate level of the language. This requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of intermediate (or higher level) courses in the language or by demonstrated proficiency through an exam or other approved means.

Note: With approval of the major advisor, some foreign language courses at the intermediate level or above may be applied to the “Geographical Region” requirement or elsewhere in the major, if appropriate.

Minor in “Globalization in the Americas”

An 18-credit minor in “Globalization in the Americas” is offered by the Department of Latin, American, Caribbean, and US Latino Studies (LACS). For more information, check www.albany.edu/lacs.

 

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