Region Selection

We tailor each student's academic program to cover his or her chosen geographical area of study from a variety of academic disciplinary viewpoints.

Choice of region is the first and most important step in structuring the student's program of study. Rather than majoring in a traditional academic discipline such as anthropology, history, or politics, GRS majors focus on the culture and society of a particular world region through a variety of academic lenses. 

Students select a region of the world in which they have a particular interest and will concentrate their studies.  Four choices are available: East Asia, Europe, Latin America, or a student-defined region such as Africa or the Middle East that is selected by the student with the approval of the Director of Global & Regional Studies.

While lower division courses are the same for all GRS majors, interdisciplinary upper division coursework includes courses that focus in depth on the student's region of study. For example, if the student's region is Latin America, the student will take courses on Latin American anthropology, Latin American history, and Latin American politics. The list of approved upper-division courses is available in the course catalog and from the Program Director.


Check Off List for: Global and Regional Studies
Regional Studies Track

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

Upper Division Requirements:   

1.  Global and Regional Studies 100:  Cultural Geography and Global Societies    _____
2. Global and Regional Studies 196: Senior Thesis                     _____
3. POL 121: International Political Economy                        _____
***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, Literature and Art, and Economics.  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 Global & Regional Studies.  Also, it is strongly encouraged that you satisfy as many of these upper division requirements during your semester abroad.

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

HIST 110    Problems and Issues in European History                _____
HIST 115    Enlightenment and Revolution                         _____
HIST 116    19th Century Europe                            _____
HIST 117    20th Century Europe                            _____
HIST 118    The Victorian Empire                            _____
HIST 119    German History                            _____

Latin America
HIST 150    Problems and Issues in Latin American History             _____
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                _____

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                     _____

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

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

3.  Politics – Take one of the following Politics courses, depending upon your region :

East Asia
POL 144    Asian Politics                                  _____
POL 146    Comparative Politics – Western Europe                 _____
Latin America
POL 145    Government and Politics in Latin America                 _____

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.

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 Literature:  Middle Ages to Renaissance             ____
FREN 122    French Literature: 17th and 18th Centuries                 ____
FREN 123    French Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries                 ____
FREN 130    Thematic Study of Single Author/Genre
FREN 150 or MODL 185: Culture and Civilization of France                 ____
SPAN 120    Spanish Literature: Middle Ages to 18th Century              ____
SPAN 121    Spanish Literature: 18th Century to the Mid 20th Century          ____
SPAN 122    Literature of the Golden Age                         ____
SPAN 127    Contemporary Peninsular Literature                     ____
SPAN 160 or MODL 187: Culture and 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.