Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Courses in Global Studies

The Department offers a wide array of courses in Global Studies to meet the various interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.


Antique world mapGBLS 101 | Introduction to Global Studies

This interdisciplinary course will survey and interrogate the major events and processes such as colonialism, imperialism and globalization that shape and inform the contemporary world. From the perspectives of selected regions, Latin America, non-Latin America, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, the course will explore the 21st century challenges they face and the solutions they offer for preserving and inhabiting the new, global, interdependent world. 3 semester credit hours. Global Studies Core Elective.

 


GBLS 102 | Global Studies II

This course introduces students to research methods in various academic disciplines that are essential for conducting research in Global Studies topics. Students research topics related to global environmental issues. 3 semester credit hours. Global Studies Core Elective.

 


GBLS 200 | American Studies

This course uses elements of fiction and non-fiction in the study of various topics of race, class and gender in American Studies. Cross-listed as HIST 200. 3 semester credit hours Typically offered: Fall Term.

 


GBLS 202 | Theories in Global Studies

Course examines the major theoretical concepts in the field of Global Studies such as capitalism, communism, socialism, transnationalism and globalization. Cross-listed as GBLS 202/302. 3 semester credit hours. Global Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 


GBLS 220 | Mediterranean World

Studies the ancient cultures located around the Mediterranean Sea and the contributions they made to the development of western civilizations to about 500 A.D. Drawing upon the resources of the Catholic and Benedictine traditions, the course explores the theme of "person in community" as reflected in religion, art, philosophy, and social, political, and economic institutions. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 


GBLS 300 | Junior Seminar: Topics in Global Studies

Junior year seminar which takes as its focus one topic of global significance (e.g. global poverty, AIDS, development). Topic varies by year and instructor. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 


GBLS 301 | Advanced U.S. Literary and Cultural Studies

Explores critical questions, analytical categories, and common methodolgies that structure the practice of U.S. literary and cultural studies. Students will work with primary literary texts as well as secondary sources and theoretical works. Students will also complete a research paper. Prerequisite: LITR 100 and GBLS 200. 3 semester credit hours. Global Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 


GBLS 302 | Theories in Global Studies

Course examines the major theoretical concepts in the field of Global Studies such as capitalism, communism, socialism, transnationalism and globalization. Cross-listed as GBLS 202/302. 3 semester credit hours. Global Studies Core Elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 


GBLS 391 | Global Studies Topics

3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 


GBLS 395 | Independent Study

Independent study of a global studies theme in consultation with department professors. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required.

 


GBLS 399 | Senior Thesis

Senior capstone experience. Prerequisite: GBLS 101 and GBLS 102 or senior standing. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.