Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts in global studies will develop international and intercultural awareness of global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. This major offers significant choice to focus in disciplines ranging from language or culture to sociology, history, or politics and government.

Major Requirements

Course descriptions for all GBLS courses are available at the bottom of this page. Review the catalog for course descriptions from other disciplines that are given as course options.

Co-requirements for this major: 36 semester hours (sh) of major courses:
  • Required core course (4 sh) — GBLS 2130
  • Course Set A: Two courses (8 sh) from the following — BSE 2211, BTS 2700, COMM 2350, CTS 3000, HIST 2260, POGO 2200, POGO 2250, POGO 2300, SOC 1910, WGS 2010
  • Course Set B: Five course (20 sh) from two cultural area studies, one of which must be related to the foreign language you choose to study. Areas include — Africana studies, French studies, Latin American studies, Middle Eastern studies, Scandinavian studies [LINK each of these to the major/minor associated with it]
  • One capstone course (4 sh), related to courses chosen from Set A (above), from the following — BSE 3330, COMM 3910, ENG 3920, POGO 3200, SOC 3310, SOC 3410, SOC 3800, WGS 3100
  • Global Studies Senior Assessment (0 sh) — GBLS 4901


  • No more than 12 sh in one discipline can count toward the major; no more than 8 hours can double count toward a second major.
  • At least 4 courses taken must be at the 3000 level or higher.
  • The capstone course will require a final paper that analyzes an issue in the context of your two chosen areas of cultural study, which is to be presented at a forum of global studies students.

Course Descriptions

Click on the links below for course descriptions for all global studies courses. For a complete list of all North Park’s programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

GBLS 1000 – Pre-Study Abroad Seminar
The course will help prepare students for the experience of living in another culture. Intended for students who have been accepted to study abroad in an upcoming semester, this pre-departure course is designed to make the study abroad experience more successful and meaningful by introducing participants to a variety of themes and issues related to culture- What is culture? How do my home and host cutures differ? What are my cultural values and how do they impact culture shock? On what are intra- and intercultural commuication based? How can intercultural learning take place? The course also includes basic orientation and health and safety information for particular study abroad sites and programs.

GBLS 2130 – Between Worlds: Language, Culture and Globalization
In our increasingly global world, many students plan to live and work with people who are from other parts of the world. This course will teach global studies majors and foreign language majors essential concepts in becoming broader people, being able to understand and identify with people who live between worlds in the process of globalization. Tutoring recent immigrants to Chicago is an integral part of the course.

GBLS 3910 – Topics in Global Studies
An intensive examination of a selected theme.

GBLS 4901 – Senior Assessment
Portfolio completion, study of critical theory applied to experiences from study abroad, coursework, internships, service learning, etc. Career planning for next steps beyond graduation.

GBLS 4910 – Independent Study in Global Studies
A course of independent research that can be applied to the regional study or the capstone requirement with the consent of the Global Studies Advisor.

GBLS 4970 – Internship in Global Studies
Students work on a local project that clearly reflects a global/international dimension.

Program requirements