Bachelor of Arts

All Global Studies (GST) Courses

Recommended Preparation

Interested in exploring this major, but not ready to commit? Consider taking one of the below courses! Any of these selections will help familiarize you with the academic program and prepare you for advanced coursework in the major.

BIS 282 Globalization
BIS 284 International Relations

A. GST Core Course (GST:CORE)

BISGST 303 History and Globalization

B. GST Methods Courses (GST:METHODS)

BES 301 Science Methods and Practice
BIS 232 Introduction to Data Visualization
BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research
BIS 315 Understanding Statistics or equivalent
BIS 340 Approaches to Cultural Research
BIS 342 Geographical Information Systems

C. GST Elective Courses (GST)

Global Studies

BIS 281 Contemporary Political Ideas and Ideologies
BIS 282 Globalization
BIS 339 Issues in Global Cultural Studies
BIS 480  International Study Abroad
BISGST 397 Topics in Global Studies
BISGST 497 Advanced Topics in Global Studies
BEDUC 474 Global Englishes


BIS 268 Problems in World History to 1500
BIS 269 Problems in World History after 1500
BIS 354 Modern European Intellectual History
BIS 372 Representation, Colonialism, and the Tropical World
BIS 402 Modern China
BIS 420 Colonizing History in Sub-Saharan Africa

Comparative Studies

BIS 257 Introduction to Asian American Studies 
BIS 328 Contemporary European Politics
BIS 374 Middle East Politics
BIS 436 Comparative Family Systems

Human Rights

BIS 325 Disability and Human Rights
BIS 353 Human Rights in Theory and Practice
BIS 403 Washington D.C. Seminar on Human Rights
BIS 414 Topics in Human Rights
BIS 466 Human Rights and Resistance
BIS 468 Human Rights and Sustainable Development


BIS 224 Introduction to Feminist Studies
BIS 227 Rad Women in the Global South
BIS 310 Women, Culture and Development
BIS 324 Gender, Human Rights, and Global Cinema (formerly offered under BIS 339)
BIS 471 Women in Art
BISGWS 302 Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies


BEARTH 341 Natural Hazards and Human Disasters
BIS 242 Environmental Geography
BIS 385 Art and Climate Change
BIS 386 Global Environmental Issues
BIS 459 Conservation and Sustainable Development

Political Economy

BIS 218 The Power of Maps
BIS 232 Introduction to Data Visualization
BIS 284 International Relations
BIS 320 Comparative Political Economies
BIS 332 Global Digital Industries 
BIS 394 Comparative Economic Development
BIS 441 Global Labor Markets
BISGST 324 International Political Economy

Global Arts, Media, and Culture

BIS 233 Participatory Media Culture
BIS 235 Critical Media Studies
BIS 264 Africa on Film
BIS 317 Language, Society and Cultural Knowledge
BIS 352 Mapping Communities
BIS 363 Politics and Popular Music
BIS 375 Mexican Art and Culture
BIS 388 Literature in Translation
BIS 470 Art, Politics, and Social Change
BISAES 305 Power, Dissent, and American Culture
BISAES 363 Conflict and Connections in the Americas
BISAES 367 Exploring American Cultures: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
BISMCS 333 Media and Communication Studies

Issues, Topics, and Project Courses

Topics courses under the below course numbers may apply to the GST major depending on the subject and title. Please see the Time Schedule notes to determine how they count toward the major. 
BIS 293 Special Topics
BIS 305 Issues in Social and Political Philosophy
BIS 308 Issues in Philosophy and Culture
BIS 313 Issues in Media Studies
BIS 314 Topics in Geography
BIS 322 Topics in Performance Studies
BIS 329 Topics in Mathematics Across the Curriculum
BIS 341 Topics in the Study of Culture
BIS 358 Issues in Environmental Science
BIS 393 Special Topics
BIS 396 Topics in Sustainability
BIS 397 Topics in Environmental Studies
BIS 410 Topics in Qualitative Inquiry
BIS 431 Issues in Sexual Politics and Cultures
BIS 442 Advanced GIS Analysis & Applications
BIS 447 Topics in Quantitative Inquiry
BIS 460 Topics in Critical Theory
BIS 476 Issues in Art History
BIS 485 Topics in Cultural Studies
BIS 491 Topics in Policy Studies
BIS 493 Special Topics
BIS 496 Community Service Project
BISMCS 471 Advanced Topics in Media and Communication
BISMCS 472 Advanced Media Production Workshop
BEDUC 475 Global Perspectives on Diversity and Citizenship Education

Sample Plan

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