Major Course Requirements

The interdisciplinary courses and language instruction taken by students prepare them for enriching cultural experiences during their study abroad. 

SMC courses that fulfill the interdisciplinary required courses are listed in the course catalog. Students often fulfill the Interdisciplinary course requirements during their study abroad experience. GRS 100 and GRS 196 must be taken at Saint Mary's. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact the program director.

See links at bottom of page for helpful CHECK LISTS


Lower Division

Students must complete the following six courses:
Anthropology 1: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
GRS 1: Introduction to Global & Regional Studies
Economics 3: Principles of Micro-Economics (Regional Track)
Economics 4: Principles of Macro-Economics (Global Track)
History 1 or 2: World History
Politics 1: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Upper Division

Students in the BOTH TRACKS must complete the following courses:
GRS 100: Cultural Geography and Global Societies
GRS 130: Interdisplinary Issues in Global Studies
GRS 196: Senior Thesis (WID)

REGIONAL TRACK students must complete the following four courses:
    An anthropology course with a focus on the student's region of study
    An history course with a focus on the student's region of study
    A literature or art course with a focus on the student's region of study
    A politics course with a focus on the student's region of study

GLOBAL TRACK students must complete the following six courses:
    2 courses in Intellectual Traditions (Group A)
    2 courses in Issues and Topics (Group B)
    2 courses in Regional Studies (Group C)

GLOBAL JUSTICE STUDIES concentration students also need to complete:
    1. POL 115  Theories of Justice                     
    2. Internship with a local organization/business while focusing on global justice issue (may be completed in conjunction with an independent studies course that counts as a GROUP B course)
    3. Write senior thesis (GRS 196) on global justice topic


  East Asia Europe Latin America
Anthropology ANTH 121: China ANTH 121: Europe ANTH 121: Central America or Latin America
History HIST 160, 161, 162 HIST 110, 115, 116, 117 HIST 150, 151, 152, 153, 154
and Art
check with Director for appropriate courses ENG 103, 104, 144, 160, 161; FREN 121, 122, 123; SPAN 120, 121, 122, 127, 160 or
MODL 187; MODL 186
SPAN 140, 141, 143, 145; MODL 188, 189
Politics POL 144 POL 146 POL 145

Note: Students must take ANTH 121 when the content is on their region.