Global Distinction Transcript Milestone

About the Global Distinction Transcript Milestone

UAlbany confers a Global Distinction Transcript Milestone to undergraduate students in recognition of their successful completion of a structured set of integrated, intentional academic experiences that are distinctly global in scope and purpose. The milestone will appear as an entry on the undergraduate student's final transcript.

Global Distinction students are distinguished for the global orientation of their academic pursuits, regardless of their major or minor. Program participants engage in:

  • Second language study

  • Globally-oriented curriculum and research

  • A coherent, international immersion experience, including one study abroad semester and an eight- to 10-week research, professional or service internship

This invaluable combination of knowledge, skills and perspectives is highly sought after by today’s employers and graduate schools. Learn more in the Global Distinction brochure.

Global Distinction is endowed by The Dolan Family Study Abroad Opportunity Fund.

Benefits of Global Distinction
  • Optional and open to you as a UAlbany undergraduate student in good academic standing

  • Adds value and purpose to your degree and time at UAlbany and beyond

  • Equips your major with global career readiness via language training, international immersion and inter-disciplinary courses

  • Provides the essential knowledge, skills and perspectives for your success in an ever-changing world

  • Offers one-on-one advising and custom mapping for your study and career plans throughout your degree

  • Can be completed within two years, depending on your interests and degree — whether you entered UAlbany as a first-year student or a transfer student

Milestone Markers

Global Distinction is a milestone entry that appears on UAlbany undergraduate students' transcripts in recognition of an integrated set of intentional academic experiences, known as Milestone Markers A, B and C.

Students who receive the Global Distinction milestone are distinguished for the global orientation of their academic pursuits, regardless of their major, minor, or GPA. They must be in good academic standing.

Marker A: Globally-focused Coursework

Complete three courses, from the categories below, from along list of options offered at UAlbany, from any college level (100 to 500) or discipline.

These courses provide the core knowledge that is essential to understanding the processes, people and problems associated with global diversity and change.

  • Transnational — International Relations, Migration and Human Rights, one course

  • Development — International Development and Economics, one course

  • Culture — Culture-area Studies and Intercultural Competency, one course

  • Globally-Oriented ‘Capstone’ — Only if already required in your major. Complete a 300- to 400-level seminar, in which a research paper is produced at the end of the semester. Students must meet the existing course objectives and integrate a global lens, as assessed by an external reader.

Marker B: Language Courses

Complete four courses in a single language, from any language that is currently taught at the University at Albany and from any college level. Students can apply AP language credits and test out of one or more semesters of language study, and include language from studying abroad.

  • Language Courses (four courses)

Marker C: International Immersion

Semester of Study Abroad: Complete one semester of full-time study (12 to 19 credits) on a UAlbany or SUNY study abroad program.You can choose any courses. Try to apply a course to Markers A and/or B. Ideally, study abroad in a country where the language under study (Marker B) is spoken.

Summer Internship/Research Abroad: Complete an eight- to ten-week professional, lab or service internship or supervised research project abroad, ideally at the same university where they chose to study abroad and in a country where the language chosen for Marker B is a primary language. There is no credit minimum or maximum. Students should aim to intern or research in their major or minor.

Globally-oriented Courses

To complete Global Distinction's interdisciplinary coursework requirement, choose one course from each category: Culture, Development and Transnational.

Whenever possible, you are encouraged to select any listed course that will count in your major or minor, or towards your General Education requirements, as no extra coursework is required to achieve Global Distinction.

Alternatively, you can complete any of the three course requirements when studying abroad, in high school (via Advanced Placement or University in the High School courses), or as transfer courses (if you studied at another institution before coming to the University at Albany.

Use the Schedule of Classes to find what courses are offered in a given semester or term.

Culture Courses

Culture Courses in Art

  • AARH 170: Survey of Art in the Western World I (AR, IP) 

  • AARH 171: Survey of Art in the Western World II (AR, IP) 

  • AARH 205: Myths of the Greek and Roman World in Western Art (IP, HU) 

  • AARH 241: Introduction to Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture (AR, HU) 

  • AARH 250: Art in France from Absolutism to Impressionism (AR) 

  • TARH 252: Art of the Enlightenment in France and England (Honors) 

  • AARH 267: International Film Movements (AR, HU) 

  • AARH 270: Introduction to Ancient Art: Greek and Roman Mural Painting and Floor Mosaic (AR, HU) 

  • AARH 285: Contemporary Art: A Global Perspective (CH) 

  • AARH 289: Film History II 

  • AARH 301: Aegean Prehistory 

  • AARH 303: Artistic Encounters in the Early Medieval World 

  • AARH 329: Archaeological Field Research 

  • AARH 331: Monks, Monarchs, and Medieval Art: Europe 500-1100 C.E. 

  • AARH 332: Gothic Art and Architecture 

  • AARH 341: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, 1250-1450 

  • AARH 342: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture, 1450-1600 

  • AARH 343: Northern European Art: 1350-1600 

  • AARH 350: Art in the Courts of 17th Century Europe 

  • AARH 351: Netherlandish Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Rubens 

  • AARH 352: Art of the Enlightenment 

  • AARH 365: Modern Art I 

  • AARH 366: Modern Art II 

  • AARH 401: Greek Sculpture 

  • AARH 402: Roman Sculpture 

  • AARH 403: Greek Painting 

  • AARH 405: Greek Architecture 

  • AARH 406: Roman Architecture and Town Planning 

  • AARH 432: Gothic Painting 

  • AARH 442: Art and Change in Northern Europe, 1300-1500 

  • AARH 475: Women in Art from the Renaissance to Impressionism (AWSS) 

  • AARH 476: Women in Art from the New Woman to Now (AWSS) 

  • ATHR 261: Folk Dance

Culture Courses in French Language and Global Region: Europe

  • ACLA 110: Classic Roots: Great Ideas of Greece and Rome 

  • ACLA 134: History of Ancient Rome 

  • ACLA 207: Egyptian Archaeology (AARH) (AR, HU) 

  • ACLA 208: Greek Archaeology (AARH) (AR, HU) 

  • ACLA 209: Roman Archaeology (AARH) (AR, HU) 

  • ACLA 302: Villanovans, Etruscans, and Early Rome (AARH) 

  • AFRE 201: Perspectives on the French World (HU, IP) 

  • AFRE 202: French Literature 

  • AFRE 208: Haiti through Film and Literature 

  • AFRE 218: Contemporary France (TFRE) (IP) 

  • AFRE 238: Great Classics of French Cinema (AARH) 

  • AFRE 270: Beginning French for Business 

  • AFRE 281: French Canada through Film and Literature 

  • AFRE 315: Introduction to French Cinema (AR) 

  • AFRE 338: French Cinema and Society (AR, HU) 

  • AFRE 341: Introduction to Global French Studies (HU, IP) 

  • AFRE 355: Contemporary French Society and Culture (IP) 

  • AFRE 360: Social and Cultural History of France (IP) 

  • AFRE 361: Readings in French Literature (HU) 

  • AFRE 365: Contemporary French Media 

  • AFRE 406: French Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax 

  • AFRE 415: French Cinema and Society 

  • AFRE 430: Translation 

  • AFRE 455: Life and Letters 

  • AFRE 460: Art and Society in Early Modern France (AARH 450) 

  • AFRE 461: Classics of Literature in French 

  • AFRE 470: French for Business 

  • AFRE 481: Francophone Cultures

  • AGOG 365: Geography of Europe 

  • AITA 313: Throughout the Ages: Gender, Ideas, and Writing in Italy from 1100 to 1900 

  • AITA 315: Italian Civilization: From the Etruscans to Galileo (HU, IP) 

  • AITA 316: Contemporary Italy: From the Unification to the Present 

  • AITA 318: Italian Cinema 

  • AITA 325: The Italian Short Story 

  • AITA 350: Contemporary Italian Society (IP) 

  • AITA 441: Women, Men, Love, and Politics of the Italian Renaissance 

  • ALLC 275: European Cinema and Society 

  • ARUS 161: Russian Civilization 

  • ARUS 162: Contemporary Russia 

  • ARUS 251: Masterpieces of 19th Century Russian Literature 

  • ARUS 252: Masterpieces of 20th Century Russian  Literature 

  • ARUS 253: Late Soviet-Period Russian Literature 

  • ARUS 280: Soviet and Russian Cinema

Culture Courses in History

  • AHIS 130: History of European Civilization I (IP) 

  • AHIS 131: History of European Civilization II (IP) 

  • AHIS 144: Latin America since the Aztecs (IP) 

  • AHIS 235: Early and Medieval Christianity (IP) 

  • AHIS 256: Women in European History (IP) 

  • AHIS 260: China in Revolution (AEAS) (IP) 

  • AHIS 263: Art, Music, and History: A Multimedia Approach (AR, HU, IP) 

  • AHIS 268: Introduction to Southeast Asia (IP) 

  • AHIS 278: Japanese Pop Culture from Edo to the Present (AEAJ) (HU) 

  • AHIS 293: History of Women in the Americas (IP) 

  • AHIS 298: Crime and Society in Early Modern England (IP) 

  • AHIS 336: History of the Early Middle Ages 

  • AHIS 337: The High Middle Ages 

  • AHIS 338: The Italian Renaissance, 1300-1530 (IP) 

  • AHIS 339: Renaissance and Reformation in 16th Century Europe (IP) 

  • AHIS 340: The French Revolution and Napoleon 

  • AHIS 342: Europe in the Age of Romanticism and Revolution (IP) 

  • AHIS 343: Europe, 1848-1914 (IP) 

  • AHIS 344: Europe, 1914-1945 (IP) 

  • AHIS 345: Europe since World War II (IP) 

  • AHIS 346: History of England I (IP) 

  • AHIS 347: History of England II (IP) 

  • AHIS 349: History of France Since 1815 

  • AHIS 350: Iberia and Latin America to 1810 

  • AHIS 351: History of Germany (IP) 

  • AHIS 352: History of Eastern Europe I (IP) 

  • AHIS 353: History of Eastern Europe II (IP) 

  • AHIS 354: History of Russia I (IP) 

  • AHIS 355: History of Russia II (IP) 

  • AHIS 367: Contemporary Latin America 

  • AHIS 373: History of Modern Mexico 

  • AHIS 378: History of South Asian Civilization II (IP) 

  • AHIS 382: History of the Middle East II (IP) 

  • AHIS 463: The Byzantine Empire, 300-1453

Culture Courses in Spanish Language and Global Regions: Latin American, The Caribbean and Spain 

  • AANT 233: Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas (IP) (ALCS/TANT) 

  • AANT 269: The Caribbean: Peoples, History and Culture  (AGLO) (CH, HU, IP) 

  • AANT 341: Ethnology of Mesoamerica (SS, IP) 

  • AGOG 250: Geography of Latin America 

  • ALCS 100: Culture and Power in the Americas 

  • ALCS 102: Introduction to Caribbean History (AHIS 170) 

  • ALCS 103: Introduction to Afro-Brazilian Culture 

  • ALCS 115: Portuguese and Brazilian Culture and Society (APOR) 

  • ALCS 150: Puerto Rico: People, History, and Culture (AANT 146) 

  • ALCS 203: Afro-Latin America 

  • ALCS 312: Introduction to Brazilian Literature (APOR) 

  • ALCS 315: Film in Contemporary Latin America 

  • ALCS 318: Introduction to Brazilian Cinema (APOR) 

  • ALCS 348: Social Change in Latin America 

  • ALCS 349: Urban Politics in Latin America (RPOS) 

  • ALCS 369: Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies since 1810 (AHIS) 

  • ALCS 371: South America Since 1810 (AHIS) 

  • ALCS 373: History of Modern Mexico (AHIS) 

  • ALCS 410: Tourism, Culture, and Identities 

  • ALCS 411: Seminar on Latin America 

  • ALCS 472: Social Movements in Latin America  (AANT) (SS, IP) 

  • ALCS 475: Caribbean Migration 

  • AMUS 216: Music and Society in Latin America: Past and Present 

  • APOR 315: Introduction to Brazilian Popular Culture (ALCS 311) 

  • APOR 318: Introduction to Brazilian Cinema (ALCS ) 

  • ASPN 303: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics 

  • ASPN 310: Introduction to Literary Methods 

  • ASPN 311: Hispanic Literature through the Golden Age 

  • ASPN 314: Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire

  • ASPN 315: Conflict and Progress in Modern Spain 

  • ASPN 317: Latin American Civilization (ALCS) 

  • ASPN 319: 20th Century Spanish Literature 

  • ASPN 323: Textual Analysis 

  • ASPN 325: The Hispanic Short Story 

  • ASPN 333: Hispanic Literature in Translation 

  • ASPN 344: Women in Hispanic Literature 

  • ASPN 347: Resistance and Revolution in Latin American Literature and Art 

  • ASPN 402: Spanish for Teachers 

  • ASPN 407: Business and Legal Spanish

  • ASPN 408: Spanish Second Language Acquisition 

  • ASPN 409: Spanish for Community Engagement 

  • ASPN 414: Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean (ALCS) 

  • ASPN 417: Youth Cultures in Latin America 

  • ASPN 418: Hispanic Cinema and Literature 

  • ASPN 446: Literature and Human Rights 

  • ASPN 453: Cultural Foundations of Spanish Literature: Golden Age 

  • ASPN 454: Cultural Foundations of Spanish Literature 

  • ASPN 490: Romance Linguistics 

  • ASPN 492: Introduction to Spanish Dialectology 

  • ASPN 493: Introduction to Latin American Dialectology 

  • ASPN 494: Spanish Sociolinguistics 

  • ASPN 495: Bilingualism and U.S. Spanish

Culture Courses in Perspectives on Globalization and Global Region: Africa

  • AAFS 270: Geography of Africa (AGOG) (IP) 

  • AAFS 286: African Civilizations (AHIS) (IP) 

  • AAFS 311: History of Slavery in the Western Hemisphere (CH, US) 

  • AAFS 320: Black Nationalism: Political Perspective in Africa 

  • AAFS 342: Sub-Saharan Africa: Peoples and Cultures 

  • AAFS 386: Race and Conflict in South Africa (IP) (AHIS) 

  • AAFS 430: Black Social and Political Thought in the Americas 

  • AANT 100: Culture, Society, and Biology (IP) 

  • AANT 108: Cultural Anthropology (SS) 

  • AANT 175: Anthropology and Folklore (HU) 

  • TANT 242: Food, Culture, and Power in Mesoamerica (TLCS) 

  • AANT 376: Global Ethnography 

  • AANT 381: Anthropology of Gender (AWSS) 

  • ACAS 141: Concepts of Race and Culture in the Modern World 

  • ACOM 371: Theories of Intercultural Communication 

  • ACOM 388: Communication and Global Organizations 

  • ACOM 389: Ethnic Media: Producers, Consumers, and Societies 

  • AENG 271: Literature and Globalization: Challenges in the 21st Century (CH) 

  • AENG 372: Transnational Literature (IP) 

  • AENG 460: Topics in Transnational Studies 

  • AGLO 103: Perspectives on Globalization (IP) 

  • AGLO 303: Theoretical Perspectives on Globalization (RPOS 309) 

  • AGLO 350: Leadership in the International Arena (EAPS) 

  • AGLO 360: African Perspectives on Globalization 

  • AGLO 361: Asian and Middle Eastern Perspectives on Globalization 

  • AGLO 362: Euro-American Perspectives on Globalization 

  • AGLO 363: Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives on Globalization 

  • AGLO 402: Globalization Studies Internship 

  • TGOG 244Y: Global Population Debates (Honors) 

  • AGOG 344Y: World Population (IP)

  • AJRL 340: Global Perspectives on the News 

  • ALIN 325: Sociolinguistics (AANT) 

  • TPHI 116: World Views (Honors) 

  • APHI 355: Global Justice 

  • AWSS 100X: Women Creating Change 

  • AWSS 281X: Women and the Media (AJRL) 

  • AWSS 308: Global Perspectives on Women 

  • AWSS 309: Activism and Health 

  • AWSS 328: Gender, Space, and Place (AUSP/AGOG) 

  • AWSS 360: Feminist Social and Political Thought 

  • AWSS 361: Gender and Nation in World Cinema 

  • AWSS 412: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics in the Asian Diaspora 

  • RPAD 470: Government Information Strategy and Management (GISM): Comparative & International Perspectives   

  • TPOS 248: Identities, Boundaries, and Mobilization (Honors)

  • RPOS 341: Washington in Perspective (RPAD/CEHC) 

  • RPOS 354: Russian Domestic Politics 

  • RPOS 355: Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa 

  • RPOS 356: Russian Foreign Policy 

  • RPOS 376: The Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China 

  • RPOS 452Z: Justice Reform in Latin America 

  • TSSW 295: Community Change in a Globalizing World (Honors) 

  • RSSW 299: Multiculturalism (TSSW)

Culture Courses in Global Region: Asia 

  • AEAC 100: Introduction to China (IP) 

  • AEAC 150: China through Western Eyes (HU) 

  • AEAC 170: China: Its Culture and Heritage (HU, IP) 

  • AEAC 280: Chinese Painting (AARH) (AR) 

  • AEAC 308: Debating Contemporary China (AGOG/AGLO) 

  • AEAC 373: Government and Politics in the People’s Republic of China (RPOS) (IP) 

  • AEAC 374: Crime and Punishment in Traditional China (AHIS) (IP) 

  • AHIS 379: History of Premodern China (IP) 

  • AEAC 380: History of Modern China (AHIS) (IP) 

  • AEAC 420: Classical Chinese Poetry 

  • AEAC 430: Chinese Travel Literature 

  • AEAC 471: Change in Medieval China (AHIS) 

  • AEAJ 210: Survey of Traditional Japanese Literature (HU) 

  • AEAJ 212: Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (HU, IP) 

  • AEAJ 384: History of Premodern Japan (AHIS) (IP) 

  • AEAJ 385: History of Modern Japan (AHIS) (IP) 

  • AEAJ 410: Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 

  • AEAJ 411: Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 

  • AEAJ 435: Meiji Literature in Translation 

  • AEAJ 436: Fascism: Japan and Beyond  (AHIS) (CH) 

  • AEAJ 437: History of Japanese Thought 

  • AEAJ 437: World War II: The Japanese View 

  • AEAJ 460: Readings in Japanese Religious Studies (AREL) 

  • AEAS 105: Traditional China and its Modern Fate (HU) 

  • AEAS 177: East Asia: Its Culture and History (AHIS) (HU, IP) 

  • AEAS 190: Confucianism and the Samurai Ethic (IP) 

  • TEAS 250: China’s Confucian Tradition (Honors) 

  • AEAS 261: Introduction to the Religions of Japan (AREL) 

  • AEAS 265: Introduction to Buddhism (HU, IP)  (AREL) 

  • AEAS 266: Buddhism in East Asia (HU, IP) (AREL) 

  • AEAS 270: Women in East Asian Literature (HU, IP) (AWSS) 

  • AEAS 345: Ethical Issues in East Asian Thought (AREL) 

  • AEAS 357: Zen Buddhism (AREL) 

  • AEAS 450: Readings in Buddhist Texts (AREL) 

  • AEAS 468: Confucius and Confucianism (AHIS) 

  • AEAS 475: The History and Culture of Traditional Tibet 

  • AEAS 478: The Silk Road 

  • ATHR 432: Readings in Chinese Drama (EAC) 

  • AGOG 160: China: People and Places (SS, IP)

Culture Courses in Religion and Global region: The Middle East

  • AGOG 442Z: Geography of Religion 

  • AHEB 308: Readings in Hebrew Literature (IP) (AJST) 

  • AHEB 309: 20th Century Hebrew Literature (IP) (AJST) 

  • AJST 150: Jewish Civilization: From the Birth of the Israelites until the Present 

  • AJST 151: Foundational Jewish Texts (AREL) 

  • AJST 155: Judaism: Traditions and Practices (AREL) 

  • AJST 244: Zionism, Palestine, and Israel in Historical Perspective (AHEB/AHIS) 

  • AJST 251: Early Israel and Biblical Civilization (AHIS 252) 

  • AJST 252: Jews, Hellenism, and Early Christianity (AREL) 

  • AJST 253: Medieval Jews among Muslims and Christians (AREL/AHIS) 

  • AJST 254: The Jews in the Modern World (AREL/AHIS) 

  • AJST 256: World Jewry since the Holocaust (AREL 256/AHIS 266) 

  • AJST 275: Antisemitism: Historical Explorations and Contemporary Challenges (AHIS) 

  • AJST 331: Modern Jewish Thought  (AREL) 

  • AJST 332: Music of the Jewish People (AMUS) 

  • AJST 357: Western Europe Jewry in Modern Times (AHIS 368)

  • AJST 358: East European Jewry in Modern Times 

  • AJST 360: Bearing Witness: Holocaust Diaries and Memoirs (AHIS) 

  • AJST 367: The Jewish Literary Imagination (AENG)

  • AJST 373: The Arab in Israeli Literature 

  • APHI 214: World Religions (AREL) 

  • AREL 297: Religion and Society in History (AHIS) 

  • AREL 363: Ethnology of Religion (AHIS) 

  • AREL 387: Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture I (AHIS) 

  • AREL 388: Islam in the Middle East: Religion and Culture II (AHIS)

Development Courses

Development Courses in Globalization, Area and Urban Studies

  • AAFS 150: Life in the Third World 

  • AAFS 322: Developing African Nations 

  • AAFS 386: Race and Conflict in South Africa (AHIS) 

  • AANT 119: The City and Human Health (NS, CH) 

  • AANT 354: Culture and Economy in a Globalized World 

  • AANT 355: Environment, Economy, and Culture 

  • TEAC 230: Reform and Resistance in Contemporary (TGOG) China (Honors, SS, IP) 

  • AEAC 260: China in the Global Arena (AGLO/AGOG) 

  • AEAC 350: Urban Development in China (IP) (AGOG) 

  • AEAC 470Z: China after Deng Xiaoping (AGLO) 

  • AEAJ 385: History of Modern Japan (AHIS) 

  • AEAJ 436: Fascism: Japan and Beyond (AHIS) 

  • AEAK 377: History of Modern Korea (AHIS) 

  • AEAS 270: Women in East Asian Literature (AWSS) 

  • AEAS 478: The Silk Road 

  • AENV 250: Sustainable Development: Energy and Resources 

  • AGLO 327: World Regions and Global Markets (AGOG) 

  • AGLO 364: India: Development Debates (AGOG) 

  • AGLO 366: India: Field Study of Development Issues (AGOG) 

  • AGLO 410: International Development Internship 

  • AGLO 420: Human Dimensions of Global Change

Development Courses in Business, Economics, Health and Political Economy

  • AECO 130: Developing Economies 

  • AECO 313: Development of the European Economy 

  • AECO 330: Economics of Development 

  • AECO 360: International Economic Relations 

  • AECO 361: Development of the Latin American Economy (ALCS) 

  • AECO 362: Economies of Japan and Korea (AEAS) 

  • AECO 364: China's Economic History (AEAC) (AHIS 372) 

  • AECO 385: Environmental Economics 

  • AECO 445: International Trade 

  • AECO 446: International Macroeconomics 

  • ALCS 205: The Caribbean Tourism Industry: Service or Servitude? 

  • ALCS 359: Globalization in the Americas (CH, SS) (AANT/AGLO) 

  • ALCS 360: Political Economy of the Caribbean 

  • ALCS 410: Tourism, Cultures, and Identities (AANT) 

  • ALCS 451: Gender and Class in Latin American Development (AHIS/AWSS) 

  • ALCS 472: Social Movements in Latin America (AANT) 

  • AWSS 100: Women Creating Change 

  • AWSS 308: Global Perspectives on Women 

  • AWSS 328: Gender, Space, and Place (AGOG/AUSP) 

  • AWSS 412: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics in the Asia Diaspora 

  • BBUS 494: Multi-Cultural Work Environments 

  • TFIN 200: Global Business (Honors) 

  • BFIN 436: International Financial Management 

  • BFOR 410: International Cyber Conflicts 

  • BMKT 376: Global/International Marketing 

  • BMKT 411: Marketing Strategy in a Globalized Market Environment 

  • HHPM 486: Health and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (RPAD/RPOS)(TSPH/TPAD/TPOS 271) 

  • HSPH 321: Global Environmental Issues and Their Effect on Human Health 

  • HSPH 389: Introduction to Emergency Health Preparedness and Response (CEHC) 

  • RPAD 364: Approaches to Development (RPOS 366) 

  • RPAD 396: Energy Policy, Domestic and International (RPOS) 

  • RPOS 266: International Political Economic Science (TPOS) 

  • RPOS 395: International Political Economy (RPAD) 

  • RPOS 473Z: Economic Relations in the Global System 

  • TGLO 266: India: Development Debates (CH, IP) (TGOG)

Transnational Courses

Transnational Courses in College of Arts and Sciences

  • AAFS 287: Africa in the Modern World (AHIS)(IP) 

  • TANT 141: Human Rights and Wrongs: Anthropological  Explorations 

  • AEAC 458: New Orders in Asia (AHIS) 

  • AEAC 375: Japan-Korea Relations: 1592 to the Present (AHIS) 

  • AGLO 103: Perspectives on Globalization (IP) 

  • AGLO 303: Theoretical Perspectives on Globalization (RPOS 309) 

  • AGOG 365: Geography of Europe 

  • AGOG 440: Global Politics, Space, and Place 

  • AHIS 158: The World in the 20th Century (THIS ) 

  • AHIS 311: History of American Foreign Policy I (CH, US) 

  • AHIS 312: History of American Foreign Policy II (CH, US) 

  • AHIS 345: Europe since World War II (IP) 

  • AHIS 356: The World at War, 1939-1945 (IP) 

  • AHIS 366: War, Society, and Culture since 1789 

  • AHIS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Historical Perspective 

  • AHIS 454: The Diplomacy of National Power, 1815-1890 

  • AHIS 455: The Diplomacy of Global Conflict, 1890-1945 

  • AHIS 456: The Diplomacy of the Nuclear Age 

  • AHIS 460: History of Nationalism 3 

  • AJST 150: Jewish Civilization: From the Birth of the Israelites until the Present  

  • AJST 256: World Jewry Since the Holocaust (AREL) (AHIS 266) 

  • ALCS 255: Race and the American Empire (SS, TLCS) 

  • ALCS 270: Latin American Politics: America’s Left Turn 

  • ALCS 357: Latin American and Caribbean Politics (IP) (RPOS) 

  • ALCS 374: International Migration and Transnationalism 

  • ALCS 449: African Diaspora in Latin America (ASPN 450) 

  • ALCS 475: Caribbean Migration 

  • ASOC 225: Global Migration and Transnationalism (ALCS)

Transnational Courses in Rockefeller College, CEHC and School of Public Health

  • RPAD 350: Comparative Public Policy (RPOS) 

  • RPAD 366: International Environmental Policy 

  • RPOS 102: Comparative and International Politics 

  • RPOS 266: International Political Economic Science (TPOS) 

  • RPOS 351: European Politics 

  • RPOS 353: Developing Political Systems 

  • RPOS 360: Violent Political Conflict 

  • RPOS 361: Comparative Ethnicity 

  • RPOS 362: Nationalism and Nation-Building 

  • RPOS 367: Politics of the Middle East 

  • RPOS 368: Information Technology and World Politics 

  • RPOS 370: International Relations: Theory 

  • RPOS 371: International Relations: Practice 

  • RPOS 375: International Organization 

  • RPOS 377: Politics of Southeast Asia 

  • RPOS 380: Basics of International Law 

  • RPOS 386: International Conflict and Security

  • RPOS 395: International Political Economy 

  • RPOS 450Z: Theory and Research on Global Politics (RPAD) 

  • RPOS 452Z: Communist and Post-Communist Political Systems 

  • RPOS 472Z: International Conflict and Resolution 

  • RPOS 474Z: Politics of International Migration 

  • RPOS 479: Topics in International Relations 

  • CEHC 321: Human Trafficking 

  • CEHC 356: Transnational Crime 

  • HHPM 486: International Health and Human Rights: an Interdisciplinary Approach (RPAD/RPOS) 

  • TSPH 272: Health and Human Rights: an Interdisciplinary Approach (TPAD/TPOS)

Global Distinction Progression Plans

Find the plan associated with your major for guidance. Note: Plans are subject to departmental approval. New and updated plans will be posted in 2024.

We encourage you to meet with the Global Distinction Director, Dr. Annette Richie, early and often to chart your unique, rewarding journey. Please email [email protected] to request an advising appointment.

You should also inform your other academic advisors of your plans and ask for their advice on course sequencing.

Global Distinction Alumni

There are as many unique pathways and rewarding journeys as there are Global Distinction graduates! 

About our Alumni

Alumni include people who had never left the U.S. before and well-traveled first and second-generation Americans, bilingual and multilingual speakers, U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and international students.

Global Distinction graduates are among the top scholars at UAlbany, including Honors College and EOP alumni, double majors, early graduates, graduates with honors, Student Association directors, Spellman Academic Achievement Awardees, Dean's List of Distinguished Students, Great Dane Ambassadors, Elevating Student Leaders Program participants, CURCE Conference presenters, first-generation scholars, international dual degree, New York State Assembly interns, departmental outstanding student awardees and even a SUNY Chancellor Awardee.

Our students have:

  • Studied or interned in 21 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden

  • Studied 17 languages to the intermediate level or beyond, including Arabic, Creole, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tiwi, Turkish and English

  • Completed 18 majors, including accounting, anthropology, biology, business economics, communication, digital forensics, East Asian studies, economics, English, globalization, history, homeland security, Japanese studies, journalism, linguistics, political science, public health and psychology

  • Completed 18 minors, including Africana studies, business, cognitive science, communication, emergency preparedness, homeland security, cybersecurity, French, geography, globalization, history, international studies, Italian studies, Japanese studies, Korean studies, leadership, Portuguese, Russian studies, Spanish and sustainability

Global Distinction Graduates

Thirty UAlbany students have graduated with Global Distinction since 2018:

  • Ata Baglam

  • Ashley Barcia

  • Jillian Bayoneto

  • Katherine Behlok

  • Peter Bellino

  • Andrew Bishop

  • Kylie Cooper

  • Mark Curry

  • Courtney Elias

  • Morghan Fisk

  • Eitan Goldmeer

  • Samantha Guerra

  • Ashley Harris

  • Mitchell Hura

  • Nina James

  • Julie Jasewicz

  • Danielle Kaminski

  • Esther Kim

  • Mirabel Lartey

  • Ashley Leverich

  • Brittany Leverich

  • Angie Morocho

  • Nneoma Ogbonna

  • Skye Ortiz

  • Jazlin Perez

  • Ruthy Pierre

  • Giovanna Raponi

  • Ali Sherzad

  • Bianca Stephens

  • Samantha Vellenga

Student Testimonials

"Global Distinction fit perfectly with my post-graduation plans because I was already doing all that was required of the program; it simply gave me a name to what I was doing, I feel like there are a lot of other students like me doing the same things that relate directly to Global Distinction. I’m sure that once these students find out about the program, they would definitely join! The sequence gave me a great way to build connections world-wide and to grow as a person. Global Distinction matters because it’s open to all and it’s a great opportunity to accomplish something amazing. If someone wants to learn a second language, or study/intern abroad, or simply wants to have an advantage in the job market, then they should go for Global Distinction. There’s absolutely nothing to lose. Plus, the program doesn’t require additional class credit, which is always a bonus." — UAlbany's first Global Distinction graduate, Courtney Elias '18

"Before studying abroad, I had never traveled outside of the United States. Studying abroad helped me to find my niche in the world, equipping me to pursue a career on an international scale. My two experiences were incredibly diverse and equally valuable. Chile allowed me to immerse myself into a Spanish speaking environment, which greatly improved my language skills, while also working in childcare, teaching children how to play American football. Studying in Sweden provided me with incredible in-class experience discussing international conflict resolution with students from around the world. I am extremely grateful for these opportunities. I have gained invaluable experience in my academics and progressed professionally." — Mark Curry '20    

"Going abroad has changed me, changed the way I see the world, what I believe in, what I know, and what I care about. While in Germany I was able to work on collaborative projects with students from not only Germany but also from Spain, Turkey, Korea, and many other nations. I was also able to fulfill general education requirements and learn German. Staying with a host family helped me to appreciate others' customs, circumstances, and contributions." — Jazlin Perez '20