North Central College - Naperville, IL

Program and Degree Options

At North Central College you can earn a B.A. in global studies. The Global Studies major requires 42-51 credit hours, including a common set of courses (minimum of 21 credit hours) which provide the basis for each of the specialized tracks:

  • PSC 102 Introduction to International Relations
  • SOA 105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

One introductory elective chosen from:

  • BUS 135 Introduction to International Business
  • HST 155 Global History
  • HTB 175 Cultural Regions of the World
  • REL 100 Introduction to World Religions

One research methods course chosen from:

  • PSC 200 Nature of Political Inquiry
  • SOA 200 Research Methods in Social Sciences
  • ECN 241 Business and Economic Statistics
  • PSY 250 Statistics

One global structure course chosen from:

  • PSC 221 Comparative Political Systems
  • PSC 320 Global Governance
  • ECN 324 International Political Economy
  • PSC 333 International Law

One advanced elective chosen from:

  • LEV 350 Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution
  • PHL 343 Economic and Social Justice
  • PSY 310 Cultural Psychology
  • SPC 317 Intercultural Communication
  • SOA 421 Indigenous Peoples and the State
  • GLS 492 Seminar in International Studies

Students must also complete one of the following tracks:

East Asia Track (21-30 credit hours)

  • EAS 165 Introduction to East Asia

One history course from:

  • HST 263 Japanese History
  • HST 265 Modern China

One religion, culture, philosophy, or political science course from:

  • EAS 292 Japanese Culture
  • REL 260 Religions of China
  • REL 265 Religions of Japan
  • REL 315 Buddhism
  • HST 330 East Asian Thought
  • PSC 321 Model UN I (with approval of GLS program coordinator)
  • PSC 322 Model UN II (with approval of GLS program coordinator)

College level proficiency in Japanese or Chinese through 103. (Students
may place out of this requirement by testing into CHI or JPN 201.)

Twelve credit hours earned through study abroad. Students may participate
in North Central College's China/Japan program, or some other approved
study program in East Asia.

Developing States Track (21-30 credit hours)

  • BUS 135 Introduction to International Business

One history course from:

  • HST 175 Latin American History
  • HST 185* People and Cultures of Africa
  • HST 363 Mexico and Its Neighbors
  • HST 271 Modern Middle East
  • HST 265 Modern China

One religion, culture, philosophy, or political science course from:

  • HST 185* People and Cultures of Africa
  • REL 250 African Religions
  • REL 280 Islam and the Middle East
  • PSC 321 Model UN I (with approval of GLS program coordinator)
  • PSC 322 Model UN II (with approval of GLS program coordinator)

*Note HST/SOA 185 may only be used to meet one requirement.

College level proficiency in French or Spanish through 103. (Students may
place out of this requirement by testing into FRN or SPN 201.)

Twelve credit hours earned through study abroad. Students may participate
in North Central College's Costa Rica program or some other approved
study abroad program in the developing world.

Europe Track (21-30 hours)

  • HST 259 Modern Europe

One history course from:

  • HST 251 History of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • HST 345 European Intellectual History
  • HST 385 World Wars of the Twentieth Century
  • HST 392 The Holocaust

One religion, culture, philosophy, or political science course from:

  • ART 376 Art of the Twentieth Century II
  • PSC 321 Model UN I (with approval of GLS program coordinator)
  • PSC 322 Model UN II (with approval of GLS program coordinator)

College level proficiency in French, German, or Spanish through 103.
(Students may place out of this requirement by testing into FRN, GER, or
SPN 201.)

Twelve credit hours earned through study abroad. Students may participate
in North Central College's London program or some other approved study
abroad program in Europe.

International Business Track (18-30 credit hours)

  • BUS 135 Introduction to International Business
  • ECN 100 Economics of Social Issues
  • ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I
  • BUS 262 Management of Organizations

Two courses selected from:

  • BUS 482 International Management
  • ECN 324 International Political Economy
  • ECN 340 International Economics

One of the following:

Twelve credit hours earned through an approved study abroad program OR
college level proficiency in a language through 103. (Students may place
out of this requirement by testing into 201.)

International Relations Track (30 credit hours)

  • PSC 222 American Foreign Policy
  • ECN 324 International Political Economy

One course on the developing world selected from:

  • HST 175 Latin American History
  • SOA 185 People and Cultures of Africa
  • HST 265 Modern China
  • HST 271 Modern Middle East
  • REL 280 Islam and the Middle East

One course on the developed world selected from:

  • ECN 340 International Economics
  • HST 259 Modern Europe
  • HST 263 Japanese History
  • REL 270 U.S. Diplomatic History
  • PSC 321 Model UN I
  • PSC 322 Model UN II

Twelve credit hours earned through study abroad. Students may participate
in any of North Central College's programs or other approved study abroad
program.

Global Studies Minor (21 credit hours)

  • PSC 102 Introduction to International Relations
  • SOA 105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

One introductory elective chosen from:

  • BUS 135 Introduction to International Business
  • HST 155 Global History
  • HTB 175 Cultural Regions of the World
  • REL 100 Introduction to World Religions

One research methods course chosen from:

  • PSC 200 Nature of Political Inquiry
  • SOA 200 Research Methods in Social Science: Quantitative
  • ECB 241 Business and Economic Statistics
  • PSY 250 Statistics

One global structure course chosen from:

  • PSC 221 Comparative Political Systems
  • PSC 320 International Organizations
  • ECN 324 International Political Economy
  • PSC 333 International Law

One advanced elective chosen from:

  • LEV 350 Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution
  • PHL 343 Economic and Social Justice
  • PSY 310 Cultural Psychology
  • SOA 421 Indigenous Peoples and the State
  • SPC 317 Intercultural Communication
  • GLS 492 Seminar in International Studies