Undergraduate Programs

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

36 hours of major coursework
46 Core Curriculum credits
120 total credits for graduation
Full program requirements

ACADEMIC CATALOG

CORE CURRICULUM

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.

A study of generally accepted accounting principles and techniques for measurement and reporting of financial information in a balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. It includes an introduction to analysis and interpretation of financial data for decision-making purposes.


An introduction to basic economic concepts and models. An aggregate and analytical view of economic analysis focusing on national income, employment, the price level, and economic growth. The theory of income determination, fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the international economy. Current issues and policies in macroeconomics including studies on labor force and job structure. Historical review and development of economic doctrines. Co-requisite: BSE 2110.


A study of the major theological doctrines of the Christian faith, with emphasis on their integration into personal belief. Theological Emphasis.


A survey of the great Christian thinkers of the West from beginnings to post-modernity. Focus will be placed on distinctly Western forms of Christian thought in the Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions, with some attention to the Anabaptist and Evangelical Covenant communities, as well as to emerging feminist and underrepresented theologies.


A survey of the great Christian thinkers of the Eastern (Orthodox) tradition from beginnings to the post-communist era. Focus will be placed on the development of classical Christian faith in the Church Fathers and Ecumencial Councils from the 2nd through 14th centuries, with some attention to contemporary Orthodox thought in the West, including its feminist voices.


Introduction to theories of verbal and nonverbal human communication. Topics include intra- and interpersonal communication, communication in small groups, in organizations, and at the levels of public and mass communication. Required for admission to the Communication Studies concentration, and a prerequisite for most upper-level courses in that concentration.


A study of the history of the various media of mass communications. The course includes the development of print, radio, television, film, and Internet. Required for admission to the Media Studies major, and prerequisite for most upper-level courses in the major.


An introduction to major topics, major theories and direct experience of inter-cultural communication. Through readings, discussion, exercises and field trips, students prepare for encounters with different cultures.


This is an introduction to the practice and philosophy of nonviolent conflict transformation. The course assumes that conflict is a normal part of our daily lives, with both constructive and destructive potential. Students will learn introductory skills in conflict analysis and conflict transformation, including theories, methods, and practices for conflict transformation and peacebuilding; examine their own approaches to conflict; meet North Park faculty and others working in the broad field of conflict transformation; and develop a deeper understanding of the role of the arts and spirituality for conflict transformation, including the interplay of justice, truth, forgiveness, and peacebuilding.


An introduction to the theory, analysis, and practice of nonviolent, international conflict transformation through one or more international case studies. This course will enable students to develop a wide range of skills for analyzing specific international conflicts, to understand the role of non-government mediators in international conflict transformation, and to explore their own possible "calling" to conflict transformation. Theory and analysis will be drawn from the fields of peace and conflict studies, global studies, communications, cultural studies, religious studies, the arts, and media studies. The course includes guest presentations, role plays, and field trips. The course may involve an international trip to one or more conflict zones.


Study of selected writers from various nations outside the United States and the United Kingdom. Individual works will be studied in relation to literary traditions, cultural contexts, methodology, and literary theory.


Selected readings in postcolonial literature and theory emphasizing cultural contexts.


Selected readings in literature and theory that addresses gender issues.


Selected readings in literature and theory that addresses race issues.


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.


Students work on a local project that clearly reflects a global/international dimension.


An introduction to the cultures and historical developments of the major world regions and their global interactions from the establishment of sedentary societies to ca. 1500 C.E. This course is required of History majors.


The introductory course will give students an overview of America's nonprofit sector as it relates to both the for-profit business and government sectors. Emphasis will be on the history, purpose, and theories of the sector; the legal and regulatory environment; efforts to improve ethics and accountability; the sector's economics and funding environment; trends in evaluation and outcome measurement; and general management problems and principles. The course will also discuss opportunities for personal growth and career advancement available in the sector and highlight skills and training needed to succeed.


An introduction to the theory and practice of the political relations among nations, including a survey of the historical development of the international system, and analysis of the major features of international politics including security, power, diplomacy, and efforts to establish and sustain international society. Cross-listed with GBLS 2130.


An introductory comparative study of the political institutions of the nations of Europe and selected nations of the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Forms of government, political culture and history, parties and elections, governing institutions and development will be among the topics considered.


Characteristics and definitions of race and ethnicity in various cultures and societies. Significance for cultural pluralism.


Critical examination of the theoretical foundations of the study of society and culture. Historical evolution of social and anthropological thought as well as contemporary analysis. Required of all students majoring in sociology.


Who fights for change? Why? And how? Answers tend to vary with historical circumstance. Increasingly today we find trans-border problem solving to deal with problems that cross borders-problems like environmental degradation, migrant rights, and criminal or health issues. This course looks at the transformation of old and the emergence of new institutions as people try not only to cope but realize their vision of a "just" society.


Study of dynamics of immigrants, adaptation, intercultural acculturation, education of next generations, family life, interracial marriage, ethnic conflict with business, religion, economic, and political functions.


Global Village or Global Pillage? Focusing on the experiences of the United States and China, this class provides a theoretical framework and historical perspective to understanding globalization as both an economic and cultural process. Lectures, reading and case studies of local responses to globalization illustrate how this process reorders, integrates and transforms societies.


This course introduces students to Women's and Gender Studies by exploring contemporary gendered issues through the lenses of race, class, sexuality, and disability. Women's experiences across cultures and co-cultures are emphasized.


This course traces the pursuit of justice and equal rights for women and men in the U.S. through the first and second wave feminist movements, as well as contemporary feminist and queer movements. The focus is on the ethics and moral reasoning used in the past and today to frame the cultural debates.


Exploration of male and female gender roles in culture and society. Importance of gender in workplace, family, education, and belief systems. Analysis of power. Assessment of the contribution of feminist theories to study of gender. Cross-listed with SOC 2150.


This course explores the ways in which gender equality and justice vary across global cultures. Students examine the opportunities and challenges created by transnationalism, including those related to global economics, human rights, ecology, and cultural traditions.