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  Dec 14, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Global Studies, B.A.


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Learning Outcomes College of Arts and Sciences  
Degree Requirements  

Learning Outcomes

  • Global Studies majors will employ a variety of disciplinary perspectives to demonstrate a critical understanding of global processes and the theories and concepts used to explain and interpret these processes.
  • Global Studies majors will evaluate the interactions between global and local processes by selecting a world region for intensive study.  
  • Global Studies majors will demonstrate expertise in key global issues through courses in one of four thematic areas:  Global Development and Sustainability; Global Health; Global Conflict and Security Studies; and Global Cultural Studies.
  • Global Studies majors will demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language, allowing them to study, work, travel, and/or conduct research outside of the United States.
  • Students will demonstrate their preparation for appriopriate careers or graduate studies.

Overview

Students at the University of South Carolina are living in an increasingly globalized context in which economic, social, environmental, and cultural transformations in one part of the world can affect all others. The Global Studies major is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree program that familiarizes students with the complex historical and contemporary relationships and processes that link together people and places. By focusing on themes relating to globalization, the major also encourages students to recognize and to appreciate the world’s diversity. To achieve this end, the major requires students to focus on a particular world region and to attain proficiency in a mod ern foreign language. The overall aim of the program is to foster in students a critical, global outlook that will allow them to engage with pressing global questions and to thrive in an interconnected world.

Basic Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degrees (120 Hours)


Note: Bachelor of Arts degrees require 120 hours. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees require additional hours; see Program of Study  for major requirements.

  1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements
  2. Major
  3. Cognate or Minor Requirements (optional for BAIS majors)
  4. Electives

1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements


Note: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees follow General Education Requirements for the BA except where specified in Programs of Study for major requirements.

CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 Hours)


  • Must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 Hours)


SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy (8 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • Two 4-credit hour laboratory science courses.

GFL: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Communicate Effectively in More than One Language (0-9 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required for all baccalaureate degrees. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.

GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (6 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

  • One Carolina Core GHS-approved course primarily focused on U.S. History: HIST 111, 112, 214, or another GHS-approved course determined by the College of Arts and Sciences to fit this geographic category and
  • One Carolina Core GHS-approved course primarily focused on non-U.S. History: HIST 101, 102, 104, 105, 106, 108, 109, GERM 280, FAMS 300, or another GHS-approved course determined by the College of Arts and Sciences to fit this geographic category.

GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (6 Hours)


Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:

AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements:

  • Up to two of these requirements may be met in overlay courses. At least one of these requirements must be satisfied by a course not applied elsewhere in general education. (3-9 Hours)

CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 Hours)


INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)


VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 Hours)


Other Required General Education Courses from the College of Arts and Sciences


Fine Arts and Humanities Requirements (9 Hours)


  • Bachelor of Arts degrees require 3 Hours in the fine arts. (May be taken as Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding.)
  • Bachelor of Arts degrees require an additional 9 Hours in the fine arts or humanities.

Prerequisites (6 Hours)


Two courses from the following:

Notes:

  1. Historical Thinking: College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements specify that students must take two courses designated as Carolina Core GHS (Historical Thinking); one course must be focused on U.S. history and the other focused on non-U.S. history. Prerequisites may be applied to general education requirements, where appropriate.
  2. Language Proficiency: Global Studies students must demonstrate proficiency in one modern foreign language, approved by the advisor, at the advanced level by completing 6 hours in language courses numbered 300 and above or the equivalent. Courses in that foreign language at the beginning or intermediate levels (100 or 200 - levels), if needed as prerequisites, may be applied to general education requirements, where appropriate.
  3. Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving: Global Studies students pursuing the Leadership in the Global Economy concentration must select either MATH 122 or MATH 141 as one of their ARP-approved courses. Prerequisites may be appled to general education requirements, where appropriate.
  4. Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Science: Global Studies students pursuing the Leadership in the Global Economy concentration must use ECON 224 as one of the required GSS courses. As ECON 224 is not on the list of approved Carolina Core courses for GSS, they need to make sure their other GSS course is approved for the Carolina Core.

2. Major Requirements (24 - 33 Hours)


I. Foreign language (modern) - Two 300 or above level language courses (6 Hours)

II. Global Theme or Concentration - Students must complete one theme or one concentration from the following lists (6 - 15 Hours). Special topics courses with appropriate content may be applied to the global theme or concentration requirement with approval of the advisor.

II.a. Global Themes -  Two courses selected from one of the following theme groups (6 Hours)

II.b. Global Concentrations -  Courses selected to fulfill one of the following concentrations (12 - 18 Hours)

  • Leadership in the Global Economy (15 - 18 Hours)

Prerequisite: Students must select one of the following options (3 - 6 Hours):

Required Courses: Students must select one course from four of the following categories (12 Hours)

 

III. World Region - Three courses selected from one of the following area studies groups (9 Hours). See entries for minors in these areas in the undergraduate Bulletin for lists of approved courses. Special topics courses with appropriate content may be applied to the world region requirement with approval of the advisor.

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Middle East and North Africa (Islamic World Studies)
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies

IV. Major Elective - One course from any of the approved global theme, global concentration, or world region courses (0- 3 Hours). Note: Students completing a concentration are exempt from this requirement.

Notes:

International Experience

Students are strongly encouraged to spend a period of time overseas, preferably in a country where they can develop their language skills. Participating in a study abroad program or an overseas work experience are two ways to gain an international experience. A period of a semester or full year is most beneficial. Approved study abroad courses may apply to some Global Studies major requirements, with permission of the advisor and the College.

Second Majors

Global Studies majors are encouraged to pursue appropriate second majors, where possible. Students who are declared majors in both Global Studies and a second major may count 3 credit hours of major course work, where applicable, toward both majors.

3. Cognate or Minor Requirements (12-18 Hours) for B.A. Degrees


Cognate


The cognate is intended to support the course work in the major. The cognate must consist of twelve  (12) hours of courses at the advanced level, outside of but related to the major. The cognate may be taken in one or more departments or programs, depending on the interests of the student and the judgment of the advisor.

Courses offered by departments and programs that are acceptable for cognate credit are outlined in the section titled Courses Acceptable for Cognate Credit in Degree Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences .

For cognate course offerings in other colleges, consult the appropriate sections of this bulletin. Some major programs have specific cognate requirements.

It should be emphasized that the cognate is not a second set of elective courses to be chosen at random by the student. The cognate must be approved by the major advisor as being related to the major field of study. Students are urged to consult their major advisors for specific requirements in their major.

Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the cognate.

For Bachelor of Arts degrees, all cognate courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

Minor


In place of the cognate a student in the College of Arts and Sciences may choose a minor consisting of at least 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. (Some minors in the sciences require a minimum of 16 hours.) The subject area of the minor may be related to the major. Students pursuing interdisciplinary minors who wish to use courses in their major department for minor credit must petition the College Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions for permission to do so.

The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. It differs from the cognate inasmuch as the courses must be concentrated in one area and must follow a structured sequence. Interdisciplinary minors can be designed with the approval of the assistant dean for academic affairs and advising.

Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least half of the courses in the minor must be completed in residence at the University.

A list of minor programs of study can be found at Programs A-Z .

4. Electives for B.A. Degrees and B.F.A.


No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification on inapplicable courses can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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