Program Requirements

Students pursuing the major in Global & Regional Studies choose between the global or regional studies tracks, and complete the required lower and upper division courses as set forth below. Scroll down for Checklists for each individual program's requirements.

Both Global and Regional Tracks require:

  • Lower Division Coursework: five classes
  • Upper Division Coursework:
    GRS 100
    GRS 130
    GRS 196 (Senior Thesis, WID course)
  • Foreign language intermediate fluency:  demonstrated by passing through Level 4 of college level language instruction
  • Semester long study abroad in your region of study (For Regional Track)
  • Semester long internship with an international focus (for Global Track)
  • Senior Thesis (research project) on a topic of your choice

The Regional track also requires a minor in anthropology, economics, history, modern languages, or politics.

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REGIONAL STUDIES TRACK, Checklist

Select one Region:  
Europe _______   Latin America _______   East Asia _______   Student Defined ________

Majors who select a student-defined region (e.g., Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, Africa) must first secure the approval of the Global and Regional Studies Faculty Advisory Board.

Lower Division Requirements:  All the following five courses are required:

1.   GRS  1      Intro to Global and Regional Studies                        ____
2.  Anthropology 1    Intro to Social and Cultural Anthropology     ____
3.  Economics 4     Principles of Macro Economics                        ____
4.  History 1 or 2      World History                                                  ____
5.  Politics 1            Intro  to Comparative Politics                          ____

Upper Division Requirements:    

1.  GRS 100:  Cultural Geography and Global Societies                _____
2. GRS 130: Interdisciplinary Issues in Global Studies                  _____
3. GRS 196: Senior Thesis                                                              _____
***GRS 100 must be completed at Saint Mary’s College***

In addition to this core course, you must take five upper division courses dealing with the region selected, one from each of the following interdisciplinary areas:  History, Anthropology, Politics, and Literature and Art.  Courses must be selected from the approved list below.  Some courses not listed below may satisfy the requirement with the approval of the Director of International Area Studies.  Also, it is strongly encouraged that you satisfy as many of these upper division requirements during your semester abroad.

1. Anthropology – Take one of the following courses, depending upon your region:

East Asia
ANTH 121     World Cultures: China                             _____
Europe
ANTH 121    World Cultures: Europe                            _____
Latin America
ANTH 121    World Cultures: Central America              _____
ANTH 121    World Cultures: Latin America                  _____

2. History – Select one of the following history courses, depending upon your region:

East Asia 
HIST 160    Problems and Issues in Asian History        _____
HIST 161    Modern Japan                                              _____
HIST 162    Modern China                                              _____
HIST 163    Ethnic Identity and Conflict in China           _____

Europe
HIST 120    Topics in Modern European History            _____
HIST 123    20th Century Europe                                   _____
HIST 124    Transnational Origins of the Welfare State  _____
HIST 125    Women in European History, 1500-present                                           ________
HIST 126    Nations, Nationalism and Citizenship           _____
HIST 127    The Victorian Empire                                    _____
HIST 128     German History                                            _____    

Latin America
HIST 150    Problems & Issues in Latin American His      _____
HIST 151    Contemporary Latin American History           _____
HIST 152    Latin American Revolutions                           _____
HIST 153    Latin America: Race and Society                   _____
HIST 154    Latin America and the United States             _____
HIST 155    Latin American Environmental History           _____

3.  Politics – Take one of the following Politics courses, depending upon your region :
East Asia
POL 144    Asian Politics                                                    _____
Europe
POL 146    Comparative Politics – Western Europe          _____
Latin America
POL 145    Latin America    Politics                                    _____

4.  Literature and Art – Take one of the following courses, corresponding with your country of focus: 
East Asia
Please check with the Director for appropriate courses. 

Europe
ENG 103    British Literature I                                              ____
ENG 104    British Literature II                                             ____
ENG 144    Studies in 19th Century Literature                     ____
ENG 160-161    Development of English Fiction                  ____
FREN 121    French Lit:  Middle Ages to Renaissance         ____
FREN 122    French Lit: 17th and 18th Centuries                 ____
FREN 123    French Lit: 19th and 20th Centuries                ____
FREN 130    Thematic Study of Single Author/Genre
FREN 150 or MODL 185: Culture & Civilization of France   ____
SPAN 120    Span Lit: Middle Ages to 18th Century            ____
SPAN 121    Span Lit: 18th Century to Mid 20th Century      ____
SPAN 122    Literature of the Golden Age                           ____
SPAN 127    Contemporary Peninsular Literature                ____
SPAN 160 or MODL 187: Culture & Civilization of Spain      ____
MODL 186    Culture and Civilization of Italy                       ____

Latin America
SPAN 140    Latin American Literature I                               ____
SPAN 141    Latin American Literature II                               ____
SPAN 143    Contemporary Latin American Literature         ____
SPAN 145    20th Century Mexican Literature                     ____
MODL 188    Culture and Civilization of Latin America        ____    
MODL 189    Culture and Civilization of Mexico                  ____

Language Proficiency Requirement    Language:_________________

Students must complete the equivalent of level four (4) semesters in a foreign language (appropriate to the region).  Language study should correspond with the country where students wish to spend their study abroad.  The interdisciplinary and language courses taken by students will prepare them for critically engaged learning experiences.

Minor Requirement            Discipline : _________________________

Regional Studies track students must complete the requirements of a minor area of study chosen from anthropology, economics, history, modern languages or politics. The choice of minor provides a key focus for the student and aids in their preparation for the senior thesis, which generally is written in that field. In addition, students may pursue a graduate degree in their minor field. The choice of Minor will define two separate directions: 
    a)  One, with a Minor in Politics or Economics for those students who are interested in     pursuing a graduate degree in International Relations
    b)  A Minor in Anthropology, History, or Modern Languages for those who want to     either pursue a graduate degree in their Minor discipline or who are interested in     working in an international environment.

Study Abroad   Semester:  _______ Country: ___________________

Students are expected to spend at least one semester studying abroad.  This is usually done during your junior year.  Saint Mary’s has programs in Madrid, Spain; Rome, Italy; Capetown, South Africa; and Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Others are in development.

Saint Mary’s students may participate in the study abroad of other institutions as well.  While abroad, you must either continue your language study or take courses in the language of the host country.  If the language of the host country is English, you must study another language from that region (i.e., another European language).
GPA Requirement
Students must be mindful of meeting the minimum GPA requirement of the study abroad program of their choice, which range from 2.8 to 3.5.

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GLOBAL STUDIES TRACK, Checklist

Lower Division Requirements:  All the following five courses are required:

1.  GRS 1            Introduction to Global and Regional Studies        ____
2.  Anthropology 1    Intro to Social and Cultural Anthropology     ____
3.  Economics 4        Principles of Macro Economics                     ____
4.  History 1 or 2        World History                                                ____
5.  Politics 4            Introduction to International Politics               ____

Upper Division Requirements:

1. GRS 100:  Cultural Geography and Global Societies                  ____
2. GRS 130: Interdisciplinary Issues in Global Studies                   ____
3. GRS 196: Senior Thesis                                                              ____        
    ***GRS 100 must be completed at Saint Mary’s College.*** 

In addition to this core course, you must take six upper division courses—two in each of three groups:  Group A (Intellectual Traditions), Group B (Issues and Topics), and Group C (Regional Studies). Some courses not listed below may satisfy the requirement with the approval of the Director of International Area Studies.  

1. Group A: Intellectual Traditions – Take two of the following courses:

ANTH 134    Issues in Globalization                                            ____
ECON 102    Development of Economic Thought                       ____
ECON 160    Comparative Economic Systems                            ____
ECON 190     International Economics                                        ____
ECON 192    Economic Development                                         ____
HIST 100    Topics in World History                                             ____
POL 115    Theories of Justice                                                     ____
POL 120    International Relations                                               ____
POL 121    Governing the Global Economy                                  ____
                        
2.  Group B: Issues and Topics – Take two of the following courses:

ANTH    111    Kinship, Marriage and Family                               ____    
ANTH 112     Global Perspectives on Race                                ____
ANTH 114    Urban Anthropology                                               ____
ANTH 117    Religion                                                                   ____
ANTH 118    Culture, Health and Healing                                   ____
ANTH 128    Food and Culture                                                   ____
HIST 127    The Victorian Empire                                               ____
HIST 137  Us His in Comparative & Transnational Perspective ____
HIST 154    Latin America, the Us and the Drug Trade              ____
POL 122    Topics in International Politics                                  ____
POL 125    Human Rights                                                            ____
POL 126    Food Politics                                                              ____
POL 128    Dynamics of Terrorism                                               ____
POL 129    Politics of Developing Nations                                  ____
SPAN 160  Culture and Civilization of Spain                              ____
SPAN 161   Culture and Civilization of Latin America                 ____
SPAN 162   Culture and Civilization of Mexico                           ____

3.  Group C (Regional Studies) – Take two of the following courses:

ANTH 119    Cultures of the Americas                                        ____
ANTH 121    World Cultures                                                        ____
FREN 123    French Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries            ____
FREN 129    French Literature Outside Europe                          ____
FREN 130    Special Thematic Study of a Single Author/Genre ____
HIST 120    Topics in Modern European History                         ____
HIST 123    20th Century Europe                                                ____
HIST 124    Transnational Origins of the Welfare State              ____
HIST 125    Women in European History, 1500-present             ____
HIST 126    Nations, Nationalism and Citizenship                      ____
HIST 127    The Victorian Empire                                                ____
HIST 128    German History                                                        ____
HIST 150    Topics in Latin American History                             ____
HIST 151     Women in Latin American History                           ____
HIST 152    Revolution in Latin America                                     ____
HIST 153    The African Diaspora in Latin America                    ____
HIST 154    Latin America, the US and the Drug Trade              ____
HIST 155    Latin American Environmental History                    ____
HIST 160    Topics in Asian History                                            ____
HIST 161     Modern Japan                                                         ____
HIST 162    Modern China                                                          ____
HIST 163    Ethnic Identity and Conflict in China                       ____
HIST 170    Topics in African History                                          ____
HIST 172    African History since 1850                                       ____
MODL 185    Culture and Civilization of France                         ____
MODL 186    Culture and Civilization of Italy                             ____
MODL 187    Culture and Civilization of Spain                           ____
MODL 188    Culture and Civilization of Latin America              ____
MODL 189    Culture and Civilization of Mexico                        ____
POL 143    Middle East Politics                                                   ____
POL 144    Asian Politics                                                             ____
POL 145    Government and Politics in Latin America               ____
POL 146    West European Politics                                             ____
POL 148    East European Politics                                              ____
SPAN 141    Latin America Literature II                                       ____
SPAN 143   Contemporary Latin American Literature                ____
SPAN 145   20th Century Mexican Literature                            ____

Those opting for a concentration in GLOBAL JUSTICE STUDIES 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             ____

Language Proficiency Requirement    Language:  _______________

Students in both tracks must complete the equivalent of level four (4) semesters in a foreign language (appropriate to the region if selected).  Language study should correspond with the country where students wish to spend their study abroad.  The interdisciplinary and language courses taken by students will prepare them for critically engaged learning experiences.

STUDY ABROAD
Study abroad is a vital component of the GRS major and provides students with an important experience that allows them to understand more directly the cultural complexities and lived experiences of their region of study.  Regional studies track majors are strongly encouraged to spend a minimum of one semester studying abroad in their selected region during their junior year in a country that corresponds with their foreign language study.    Global studies track students are also strongly encouraged to study abroad for a semester in any region of their interest, or may opt for a semester long internship with an international focus.

MINIMUM GPA 
Students must be mindful of meeting the minimum GPA requirement of the study abroad program of their choice, which range from 2.8 to 3.5.