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Global Studies

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The global studies major at North Central College will prepare you to serve in the public and private sectors at either the national or international level and help you understand why boundaries -- both physical and intellectual -- must be crossed.

Participation in a globalized world demands an understanding of the issues that confront all of the earth’s citizens. To this end, we bring together courses from a variety of areas, such as political science, business, economics, history, religion, philosophy and culture, so that you can develop a broader understanding of global diversity, the problems we collectively face, and the possible solutions from which we can choose.

Choose from a specialization in East Asia, Europe, developing states, international business or international relations. Study a foreign language, participate in one of our many study abroad programs, and even represent a foreign country in regional and national Model United Nations simulation programs.

Global Studies, B.A.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Global Studies.

Major Requirements

The Global Studies major requires 42-51 credit hours, including core and advanced electives within the program's three thematic areas: (1) Global Power and Security, (2) Culture and Globalization and (3) Markets and Development.

Core Courses

Global Power and Security
  • PSC 102 - Introduction to International Relations

    PSC 102 - Introduction to International Relations

    3.00 credit hours

    Trends in international relations from both a theoretical and practical perspective through the examination of power, diplomacy, morality, international law and organization.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S5 904N

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    3.00 credit hours

    Colonialism, urbanization, nationalism, globalization and the interconnection of trade and immigration patterns are considered in this overview of modern world history.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business

    BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of Globalization and Business. The course exposes the student to the broad issues of globalization; illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of globalization; relates globalization to culture, politics, ethics, labor, legal settings, geography and international organizations; and finally, provides the context of business as it operates globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Research Methods

One of the following:

  • ECN 241 - Business and Economic Statistics

    ECN 241 - Business and Economic Statistics

    3.00 credit hours

    This course is designed to provide students with the ability to apply and interpret descriptive and inferential procedures, probability distributions, statistical sampling and design, hypothesis testing and regression. Primary objectives are to improve the statistical capabilities of students as well as their abilities to apply statistical concepts in a business setting.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Core

    Mathematics.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 200 - Historical Methods

    HST 200 - Historical Methods

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to working with archival material, both in physical and virtual settings. Upon completion of the course, students are prepared to complete research in advanced history seminars and the HST 470 capstone course as well as compete successfully for internships in archives, historical societies and museums.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 100- or 200-level history course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 201 - Practices of Political Science

    PSC 201 - Practices of Political Science

    3.00 credit hours

    A continuation of PSC 200 in which students learn the process of undertaking independent and original Political Science scholarship. Topics covered include formulating research questions, theory building and hypothesis testing based on holes in existing literature, defining and measuring variables and discussing how advances in scholarship contributes to the understanding of political phenomena.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 200.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 200 - Research Methods in Social Sciences: Quantitative

    SOA 200 - Research Methods in Social Sciences: Quantitative

    3.00 credit hours

    An assessment of the strengths and limitations of various modes of quantitative data collection including experiments, questionnaires, content analysis and the use of secondary data. Emphasis is placed on ethical issues, becoming a critical consumer of research and developing the ability to design and carry out an independent study.

    Schedule Of Classes

Study Abroad

Twelve credit hours earned through an approved study abroad program.

Language Requirement

College level proficiency in a language through 103.

Advanced Electives

15 credit hours, including one course from each area and at least three courses at or above the 300-level.

Global Power and Security
  • GLS 366 - Global Power and the British Empire

    GLS 366 - Global Power and the British Empire

    3.00 credit hours

    An upper-level survey of Britain's violent relationship with the world designed to introduce students to the depth and breadth of British power since the sixteenth century. The course focuses on the high point of imperial expansion from the nineteenth century to the post-WWI era and concentrates on why the British expanded into India, Africa and the Middle East and how they ruled/thought about their global empire.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 268 - India since 1750

    HST 268 - India since 1750

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the history of India from 1750 to the present. Topics include British rule in India, the nationalist movement, issues of race and gender and India-Pakistan since independence. This course helps fulfill the non-western requirement for History majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the present, with special attention to nationalistic movements, pan-Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 919N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 281 - Europe's Age of Mass Destruction

    HST 281 - Europe's Age of Mass Destruction

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of Europe since 1918. Topics emphasized are the impact of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, the rise of fascism, analysis of the Nazi regime and changes in Europe since 1945.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century

    HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century

    3.00 credit hours

    World War I ended Europe's global domination, brought the U.S. to world leadership, and sowed the seeds of subsequent political crises from Nazism to the breakup of Yugoslavia. This seminar considers reasons for the outbreak of war in 1914 and the impact of that struggle both short-term and long term. The focus here is primarily on political questions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level history course or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the American Southwest.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 222 - American Foreign Policy

    PSC 222 - American Foreign Policy

    3.00 credit hours

    Dynamics of the U.S. foreign policy decision-making process examined from the perspectives of the President, Congress and public opinion; special attention to the evolution of the U.S. role as a great power since World War II.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 333 - International Law

    PSC 333 - International Law

    3.00 credit hours

    The development and use of international law in the conduct of international relations; special emphasis is placed on such current topics as space law, laws of war, law of the sea, diplomatic immunity and human rights.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey of the cultural diversity and complexity of sub-Saharan Africa. Attention is given to the long period of independent development of traditional societies, the forms and extent of European domination and the post-1945 struggles to regain independence and create new cultural identities.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 906N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 263 - Japanese History

    HST 263 - Japanese History

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the political and cultural evolution of Japanese civilization from prehistory to the present. Some of the themes explored are Japan's traditional pattern of adapting Chinese political and cultural forms according to contemporary needs, the role of the samurai in Japanese history and the modernization of Japan from 1868 to the present.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 280 - Europe's Age of Mass Hysteria

    HST 280 - Europe's Age of Mass Hysteria

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the rise of modern nationalism, imperialism, class conflict and war in Europe during what historians call "the long nineteenth century," from 1789 to 1918. Topics emphasized are the French Revolution, the creation of nations, issues of class, gender and race, the "new" Imperialism and the First World War.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    3.00 credit hours

    An historical survey of the East Asian intellectual tradition based on the reading of primary sources in translation and focusing on the cross-fertilization of ideas between the three major intellectual traditions of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    PHL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    After a brief examination of philosophical ethical frameworks, the following will be considered: the history of environmental ethics; the problem of the "moral status" of nonhuman animals and other aspects of nature: the environment and "the good life," ethical issues related to population growth, sustainability, diminishing/vanishing resources and the use of cost benefit analysis in environmental policy.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

    PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

    3.00 credit hours

    The course considers what we mean by culture, and how taking culture into account affects our knowledge of basic psychology in areas such as human development, the self-concept, gender expectations, as well as our understanding of mental illness. The course focuses on both psychological and anthropological approaches to studying culture and the pros and cons of different approaches.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100; SOA 105 or any 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSY 250; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 105 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    SOA 105 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the diversity of human cultures. Human adaptations to various environments. Kinship, religion, political and economic institutions in non-Western societies.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S1 901N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    3.00 credit hours

    The multi-dimensional study of the clash of cultural values, attitudes and ideologies that commonly occurs in global encounters and relationships between state systems and native peoples. Economic, socio-political and ideological issues are among the topics covered.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 105 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • BUS 482 - International Management

    BUS 482 - International Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Application of management principles to the conduct of business and not-for-profit operations on a multinational scale and involving economic, political and cultural differences.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ACC 202, BUS 135, BUS 362, BUS 368 and ECN 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 324 - International Political Economy

    ECN 324 - International Political Economy

    3.00 credit hours

    Analyses of the problems and prospects challenging the global community at a time of political and economic change through the study of the roles of industrialized countries, former socialist bloc states and the Third World. Attention is given to the interplay of political and economic power as components of planetary well-being.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and ECN 252; or ECN 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 340 - International Economics

    ECN 340 - International Economics

    3.00 credit hours

    The theory of international trade and the behavior of international institutions. Examination of how trade, trade restrictions and international monetary systems affect domestic business and economic prospects.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and ECN 252; or ECN 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 265 - Modern China

    HST 265 - Modern China

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of China's transition from the "traditional" civilization of the dynastic period (up to 1911) to the "modern" nation that has emerged in the 21st century.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    3.00 credit hours

    This seminar examines history on a global scale, with a focus on the period since World War II. Special attention is paid to cultures outside the U.S., as well as to an interdisciplinary perspective, through themes that can include exploration, religion, women's studies, urbanization or economic development.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 343 - Economic and Social Justice

    PHL 343 - Economic and Social Justice

    3.00 credit hours

    A brief introduction to the concept of justice, followed by an examination of the alternative views of distributive justice. Alternatives include the various forms of liberalism (contractarianism, libertarianism and utilitarianism), Marxism, communitarianism, feminism and postmodernism.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Previous course in philosophy, economics, history, political science or sociology and anthropology.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparative approach to the major political systems in the world such as parliamentary, totalitarian and democratic. Typical countries include Russia, Japan, China, Great Britain and France.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 321 - Model United Nations I

    PSC 321 - Model United Nations I

    3.00 credit hours

    Preparation for and participation in the American Model United Nations simulation program. Students represent a pre-selected country during three days of debate/diplomacy on current U.N. topics with students from other Midwest colleges. May be taken twice for credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone Seminar

  • GLS 492 - Seminar in Global Studies

    GLS 492 - Seminar in Global Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    Topics in global studies such as international relations theory, globalization, democratization and global change. Seminar serves as capstone for global studies majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior/Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Global Studies Minor

For additional information and courses in this program, see Global Studies.

Minor Requirements

The Global Studies minor requires 21 credit hours, including core and advanced electives within the program's three thematic areas: (1) Global Power and Security, (2) Culture and Globalization and (3) Markets and Development.

Core Courses

Global Power and Security
  • PSC 102 - Introduction to International Relations

    PSC 102 - Introduction to International Relations

    3.00 credit hours

    Trends in international relations from both a theoretical and practical perspective through the examination of power, diplomacy, morality, international law and organization.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S5 904N

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    3.00 credit hours

    Colonialism, urbanization, nationalism, globalization and the interconnection of trade and immigration patterns are considered in this overview of modern world history.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business

    BUS 135 - Introduction to International Business

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of Globalization and Business. The course exposes the student to the broad issues of globalization; illustrates the advantages and disadvantages of globalization; relates globalization to culture, politics, ethics, labor, legal settings, geography and international organizations; and finally, provides the context of business as it operates globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Electives

One course from each area:

Global Power and Security
  • GLS 366 - Global Power and the British Empire

    GLS 366 - Global Power and the British Empire

    3.00 credit hours

    An upper-level survey of Britain's violent relationship with the world designed to introduce students to the depth and breadth of British power since the sixteenth century. The course focuses on the high point of imperial expansion from the nineteenth century to the post-WWI era and concentrates on why the British expanded into India, Africa and the Middle East and how they ruled/thought about their global empire.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 268 - India since 1750

    HST 268 - India since 1750

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the history of India from 1750 to the present. Topics include British rule in India, the nationalist movement, issues of race and gender and India-Pakistan since independence. This course helps fulfill the non-western requirement for History majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the present, with special attention to nationalistic movements, pan-Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 919N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 281 - Europe's Age of Mass Destruction

    HST 281 - Europe's Age of Mass Destruction

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of Europe since 1918. Topics emphasized are the impact of the First World War and the Russian Revolution, the rise of fascism, analysis of the Nazi regime and changes in Europe since 1945.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century

    HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century

    3.00 credit hours

    World War I ended Europe's global domination, brought the U.S. to world leadership, and sowed the seeds of subsequent political crises from Nazism to the breakup of Yugoslavia. This seminar considers reasons for the outbreak of war in 1914 and the impact of that struggle both short-term and long term. The focus here is primarily on political questions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level history course or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the American Southwest.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 222 - American Foreign Policy

    PSC 222 - American Foreign Policy

    3.00 credit hours

    Dynamics of the U.S. foreign policy decision-making process examined from the perspectives of the President, Congress and public opinion; special attention to the evolution of the U.S. role as a great power since World War II.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 333 - International Law

    PSC 333 - International Law

    3.00 credit hours

    The development and use of international law in the conduct of international relations; special emphasis is placed on such current topics as space law, laws of war, law of the sea, diplomatic immunity and human rights.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey of the cultural diversity and complexity of sub-Saharan Africa. Attention is given to the long period of independent development of traditional societies, the forms and extent of European domination and the post-1945 struggles to regain independence and create new cultural identities.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 906N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 263 - Japanese History

    HST 263 - Japanese History

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the political and cultural evolution of Japanese civilization from prehistory to the present. Some of the themes explored are Japan's traditional pattern of adapting Chinese political and cultural forms according to contemporary needs, the role of the samurai in Japanese history and the modernization of Japan from 1868 to the present.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 280 - Europe's Age of Mass Hysteria

    HST 280 - Europe's Age of Mass Hysteria

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the rise of modern nationalism, imperialism, class conflict and war in Europe during what historians call "the long nineteenth century," from 1789 to 1918. Topics emphasized are the French Revolution, the creation of nations, issues of class, gender and race, the "new" Imperialism and the First World War.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    3.00 credit hours

    An historical survey of the East Asian intellectual tradition based on the reading of primary sources in translation and focusing on the cross-fertilization of ideas between the three major intellectual traditions of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    PHL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    After a brief examination of philosophical ethical frameworks, the following will be considered: the history of environmental ethics; the problem of the "moral status" of nonhuman animals and other aspects of nature: the environment and "the good life," ethical issues related to population growth, sustainability, diminishing/vanishing resources and the use of cost benefit analysis in environmental policy.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

    PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

    3.00 credit hours

    The course considers what we mean by culture, and how taking culture into account affects our knowledge of basic psychology in areas such as human development, the self-concept, gender expectations, as well as our understanding of mental illness. The course focuses on both psychological and anthropological approaches to studying culture and the pros and cons of different approaches.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100; SOA 105 or any 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSY 250; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 105 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    SOA 105 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the diversity of human cultures. Human adaptations to various environments. Kinship, religion, political and economic institutions in non-Western societies.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S1 901N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    3.00 credit hours

    The multi-dimensional study of the clash of cultural values, attitudes and ideologies that commonly occurs in global encounters and relationships between state systems and native peoples. Economic, socio-political and ideological issues are among the topics covered.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 105 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • BUS 482 - International Management

    BUS 482 - International Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Application of management principles to the conduct of business and not-for-profit operations on a multinational scale and involving economic, political and cultural differences.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ACC 202, BUS 135, BUS 362, BUS 368 and ECN 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 324 - International Political Economy

    ECN 324 - International Political Economy

    3.00 credit hours

    Analyses of the problems and prospects challenging the global community at a time of political and economic change through the study of the roles of industrialized countries, former socialist bloc states and the Third World. Attention is given to the interplay of political and economic power as components of planetary well-being.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and ECN 252; or ECN 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 340 - International Economics

    ECN 340 - International Economics

    3.00 credit hours

    The theory of international trade and the behavior of international institutions. Examination of how trade, trade restrictions and international monetary systems affect domestic business and economic prospects.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and ECN 252; or ECN 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 265 - Modern China

    HST 265 - Modern China

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of China's transition from the "traditional" civilization of the dynastic period (up to 1911) to the "modern" nation that has emerged in the 21st century.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    3.00 credit hours

    This seminar examines history on a global scale, with a focus on the period since World War II. Special attention is paid to cultures outside the U.S., as well as to an interdisciplinary perspective, through themes that can include exploration, religion, women's studies, urbanization or economic development.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 343 - Economic and Social Justice

    PHL 343 - Economic and Social Justice

    3.00 credit hours

    A brief introduction to the concept of justice, followed by an examination of the alternative views of distributive justice. Alternatives include the various forms of liberalism (contractarianism, libertarianism and utilitarianism), Marxism, communitarianism, feminism and postmodernism.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Previous course in philosophy, economics, history, political science or sociology and anthropology.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparative approach to the major political systems in the world such as parliamentary, totalitarian and democratic. Typical countries include Russia, Japan, China, Great Britain and France.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 321 - Model United Nations I

    PSC 321 - Model United Nations I

    3.00 credit hours

    Preparation for and participation in the American Model United Nations simulation program. Students represent a pre-selected country during three days of debate/diplomacy on current U.N. topics with students from other Midwest colleges. May be taken twice for credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone Seminar

  • GLS 492 - Seminar in Global Studies

    GLS 492 - Seminar in Global Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    Topics in global studies such as international relations theory, globalization, democratization and global change. Seminar serves as capstone for global studies majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior/Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Global Perspectives Program

The Global Perspectives Program at North Central College provides students with an opportunity to internationalize their degree. No matter what major students choose, they can receive official recognition for academic and cocurricular activities that bring significant global dimensions to their careers at the college.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Global Studies.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

A minumum of 13 credit hours to include:

  • COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Three of the following:
  • ART 264 - Global Art Survey

    ART 264 - Global Art Survey

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of art from major world cultures with art traditions distinct from the West including the Americas, Asia, Africa and Near East. Thematic discussions of social, religious and political values that are visually expressed in art will be approached from a global perspective.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EAS 292 - Japanese Culture and Society

    EAS 292 - Japanese Culture and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the cultural and social structures that have historically defined Japanese civilization and continue to shape the contemporary Japanese experience with regard to areas such as family, education, ritual, art, politics and economics.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 324 - International Political Economy -or-

    ECN 324 - International Political Economy

    3.00 credit hours

    Analyses of the problems and prospects challenging the global community at a time of political and economic change through the study of the roles of industrialized countries, former socialist bloc states and the Third World. Attention is given to the interplay of political and economic power as components of planetary well-being.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and ECN 252; or ECN 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 340 - International Economics

    ECN 340 - International Economics

    3.00 credit hours

    The theory of international trade and the behavior of international institutions. Examination of how trade, trade restrictions and international monetary systems affect domestic business and economic prospects.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and ECN 252; or ECN 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 307 - Studies in Literature of Cultural Identity

    ENG 307 - Studies in Literature of Cultural Identity

    3.00 credit hours

    Specialized topics in a literature of cultural identity originating within a particular racial, ethnic, economic or sexual community. Recent topics include Southeast Asian-American literature, white identity in South African literature and queering identity. This course may be repeated once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and one 200-level literature course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FLM 340 - Global Films

    FLM 340 - Global Films

    3.00 credit hours

    An interdisciplinary study of selected films representing various cultures of the world.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of FLM 140ENG 196 or COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 370 - Language and Linguistics

    ENG 370 - Language and Linguistics

    3.00 credit hours

    An investigation of the essentials of human language: what it includes (sounds, words, sentence patterns and meanings), how it works, how it varies in social settings and how it changes across time. Required for Secondary Education majors seeking certification in English.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 380 - Global Literature -or-

    ENG 380 - Global Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    An interdisciplinary study of world literatures, focusing on selected topics and regions, usually connected to the College's annual international focus. Texts are examined in the context of the history and culture of their regions. This course may be repeated once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 390 - Sacred Texts as Literature

    ENG 390 - Sacred Texts as Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    A literary study of sacred texts from around the world, including portions of the Bible, Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, Koran, Tao Te Ching, Dhammapada and the Analects. Students compare literary structures, strategies and themes, while considering the cross-cultural influences such texts have had on world literature and art.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FIN 385 - International Finance

    FIN 385 - International Finance

    3.00 credit hours

    Theory and applications in the realm of financial decision making in the international sphere. Topics may include the global financial environment, foreign exchange risk management, financing international transactions and asset management including short-term and long-term multinational corporate finance decisions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FIN 350.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FRN 330 - History of France

    FRN 330 - History of France

    3.00 credit hours

    The development of French culture and civilization from its origins to the beginning of the Fifth Republic.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FRN 310.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FRN 331 - Contemporary France -or-

    FRN 331 - Contemporary France

    3.00 credit hours

    The institutions and social structures of France from the establishment of the Fifth Republic to the present.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FRN 310.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FRN 338 - Vichy France

    FRN 338 - Vichy France

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of France under the Nazi occupation in World War II, including a focus on collaboration, rescue and resistance, survival and memory.

    Prerequisite(s)


    FRN 310.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • GER 320 - German History and Culture

    GER 320 - German History and Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of major sociological, political and artistic events in German-speaking lands from their origins to the present.

    Prerequisite(s)


    GER 203 or instructor consent.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • GLS 365 - Topics in Global Studies

    GLS 365 - Topics in Global Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    Intensive study of a selected international topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including those of the humanities and social sciences.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • GWS 350 - Gender and World Religions -or-

    GWS 350 - Gender and World Religions

    3.00 credit hours

    An analysis of feminist thought in non-Western religious traditions. The course discusses women's redefinition of traditional concepts, rituals and practices in a number of religious traditions across the globe.

    Prerequisite(s)


    REL 100 or a course in non-Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • GWS 390 - Intercultural Seminar in Gender and Women's Studies

    GWS 390 - Intercultural Seminar in Gender and Women's Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    Specialized topics considered from a global, intercultural and/or multicultural position through the lens of gender and women's studies. Content defined by the individual instructor.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • KIN 360 - Sport in Society

    KIN 360 - Sport in Society

    3.00 credit hours

    An historical study of sport across time and cultures. A comparative analysis of sport and its uses in ancient, medieval and modern societies is undertaken. Work-leisure patterns that developed over the course of American history are examined. Primary consideration of the urban, industrial and commercial processes that contributed to culture formation with particular emphases on class and gender relations, commercialized leisure practices and the impact of the mass media in the formation of value systems. Discussion of theories relative to the role of sport in society, with particular emphasis on globalization, colonialism and cultural hemegony in the Caribbean, Pacific Rim and Asia.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 154 - Global Perspectives: Premodern Era

    HST 154 - Global Perspectives: Premodern Era

    3.00 credit hours

    This course provides a broad historical perspective of the world before c. 1800. The course surveys long distance trade, the rise of slavery in the Western Hemisphere and the colonization that occured in the New World, Africa and Asia. Particular attention is paid to the economic, social and political factors that led to these developments, as well as to the cultural and artistic achievements that flowed from them.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    3.00 credit hours

    Colonialism, urbanization, nationalism, globalization and the interconnection of trade and immigration patterns are considered in this overview of modern world history.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 165 - Introduction to East Asia

    HST 165 - Introduction to East Asia

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to major themes in the cultural history of China and Japan. Foundational texts of East Asian philosophy, religion and literature are read and discussed in their historical context. Important works of East Asian art and film are viewed and analyzed. The goal is to develop a basic familiarity with the evolution of Chinese and Japanese civilizations from their ancient foundations to their modern manifestations.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 908N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 175 - Latin American History

    HST 175 - Latin American History

    3.00 credit hours

    Overview of Latin-American history from pre-Columbian times to the present. Attention is given to the heritage of native cultures, the legacy of colonialism, the impact of modernization and urbanization and relations with the United States.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    HST 185 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey of the cultural diversity and complexity of sub-Saharan Africa. Attention is given to the long period of independent development of traditional societies, the forms and extent of European domination and the post-1945 struggles to regain independence and create new cultural identities.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 906N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 249 - African-American History

    HST 249 - African-American History

    3.00 credit hours

    History of African-Americans, including the background of Africa, slavery, emancipation and the current struggle for racial equality.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 263 - Japanese History

    HST 263 - Japanese History

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the political and cultural evolution of Japanese civilization from prehistory to the present. Some of the themes explored are Japan's traditional pattern of adapting Chinese political and cultural forms according to contemporary needs, the role of the samurai in Japanese history and the modernization of Japan from 1868 to the present.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 265 - Modern China

    HST 265 - Modern China

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of China's transition from the "traditional" civilization of the dynastic period (up to 1911) to the "modern" nation that has emerged in the 21st century.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 267 - Topics in Global History

    HST 267 - Topics in Global History

    3.00 credit hours

    This course provides an opportunity to explore a specific topic in global history. Topics may include urbanization, industrialization, nationalism, warfare, gender, ethnicity, race, religion or migration patterns. Particular attention is paid to the economic, social and political factors related to the chosen topic, as well as to the cultural and artistic achievements that flowed from them.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    HST 271 - Modern Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Napoleon's invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the present, with special attention to nationalistic movements, pan-Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.
    IAI

    S2 919N

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    HST 330 - East Asian Thought

    3.00 credit hours

    An historical survey of the East Asian intellectual tradition based on the reading of primary sources in translation and focusing on the cross-fertilization of ideas between the three major intellectual traditions of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 345 - European Intellectual History

    HST 345 - European Intellectual History

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the role of education and learning from antiquity to the modern era, with a particular emphasis on historical knowledge and education. Past topics include, but are not limited to, the lost library of Alexandria, the Dead Sea Scrolls, medieval universities, Renaissance humanist academies and modern historical assumptions and techniques.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level history course or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 363 - Mayas, Aztecs and Their Neighbors

    SOA 363 - Mayas, Aztecs and Their Neighbors

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuity and change, diversity and commonality among the indigenous peoples of Mexico, Guatemala and northern Central America from first human occupation to the present. Emphases on indigenous politics and transnational flows of people, culture and material.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of SOA 105, SOA 155 or three CORE Social Science courses.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    HST 370 - Seminar in Global History

    3.00 credit hours

    This seminar examines history on a global scale, with a focus on the period since World War II. Special attention is paid to cultures outside the U.S., as well as to an interdisciplinary perspective, through themes that can include exploration, religion, women's studies, urbanization or economic development.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century -or-

    HST 385 - The World Wars of the Twentieth Century

    3.00 credit hours

    World War I ended Europe's global domination, brought the U.S. to world leadership, and sowed the seeds of subsequent political crises from Nazism to the breakup of Yugoslavia. This seminar considers reasons for the outbreak of war in 1914 and the impact of that struggle both short-term and long term. The focus here is primarily on political questions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level history course or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 392 - Seminar: Holocaust

    HST 392 - Seminar: Holocaust

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of the unique and universal aspects of the Holocaust with an emphasis on the relationship among the perpetrators, the victims and the bystanders.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 240 - Leadership and Culture -or-

    LEV 240 - Leadership and Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    This course provides an overview of the basic elements of leadership with emphasis on recognizing cultural variety and developing effective leadership approaches suited for cross cultural contexts. The course provides a basic overview of leadership definition, types of leadership and leadership traits. Then it explores leadership across cultures in terms of: leadership theories, communication, motivation, exploration of non-Western cultures and effective leadership approaches.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the American Southwest.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 482 - International Management -or-

    BUS 482 - International Management

    3.00 credit hours

    Application of management principles to the conduct of business and not-for-profit operations on a multinational scale and involving economic, political and cultural differences.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ACC 202, BUS 135, BUS 362, BUS 368 and ECN 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 488 - International Marketing

    BUS 488 - International Marketing

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the applications of marketing on an international level. Strategies for penetrating foreign markets and establishing international marketing programs are the focus of this course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ACC 202, BUS 135, BUS 368 and ECN 252.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUS 156 - The World of Music

    MUS 156 - The World of Music

    3.00 credit hours

    Introductory course with examples drawn from the musics of the five continents: Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    F1 900

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    PSC 221 - Comparative Politics

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparative approach to the major political systems in the world such as parliamentary, totalitarian and democratic. Typical countries include Russia, Japan, China, Great Britain and France.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 321 - Model United Nations I -or-

    PSC 321 - Model United Nations I

    3.00 credit hours

    Preparation for and participation in the American Model United Nations simulation program. Students represent a pre-selected country during three days of debate/diplomacy on current U.N. topics with students from other Midwest colleges. May be taken twice for credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 333 - International Law

    PSC 333 - International Law

    3.00 credit hours

    The development and use of international law in the conduct of international relations; special emphasis is placed on such current topics as space law, laws of war, law of the sea, diplomatic immunity and human rights.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

    PSY 310 - Cultural Psychology

    3.00 credit hours

    The course considers what we mean by culture, and how taking culture into account affects our knowledge of basic psychology in areas such as human development, the self-concept, gender expectations, as well as our understanding of mental illness. The course focuses on both psychological and anthropological approaches to studying culture and the pros and cons of different approaches.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100; SOA 105 or any 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSY 250; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 255 - The Religions of India

    REL 255 - The Religions of India

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the major indigenous religions of South Asia with particular emphasis on shared concepts such as karma, the cycle of rebirth (samsara) and the transcendence of rebirth (nirvana/moksha). The course traces the evolution of Indian religion from its roots in the Vedas and Upanishads through the development of Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Sikhism, and concludes with an examination of "inclusivistic" and "exclusivistic" approaches to religious pluralism in contemporary Indian thought.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 260 - The Religions of China

    REL 260 - The Religions of China

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the history, theory and practice of the major religious traditions of China: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and the folk traditions that blend all three. The course focuses on the evolution of Chinese religion through a process of mutual influence within a general atmosphere of religious tolerance for sectarian differences.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 265 - The Religions of Japan

    REL 265 - The Religions of Japan

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major religious traditions of Japan, including Shinto, Buddhism (Tendai, Shingon, Zen, Pure Land and Nichiren) and the various "New Religions" that have come to prominence in the post-war period (such as Soka Gakkai and Tenrikyo). The theory and practices of specific religions are examined in their historical context, beginning with the early roots of Shinto and concluding with the dramatic changes that have transformed the Japanese religious landscape from the nineteenth century to the present.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 270 - Judaism

    REL 270 - Judaism

    3.00 credit hours

    Beliefs, traditions, ethics and history of Judaism, with special attention to Zionism and the Holocaust.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East -or-

    REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Islamic society, culture and theology, with special attention to Turkey, the Arab World, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Field trip to nearby Islamic community.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 315 - Buddhism

    REL 315 - Buddhism

    3.00 credit hours

    A detailed exploration of the historical evolution of Buddhism from its initial formulation in India to its various incarnations in Southeast, Central and East Asia, as well as its more recent manifestation in North America. Particular attention is given to the distinctions between the three major branches of the religion (Theravada, Mahayana and Tantrayana), as well as to the theory and practice of individual sects such as Zen and Pure Land.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SPN 331 - Latin American Area and Civilization -or-

    SPN 331 - Latin American Area and Civilization

    3.00 credit hours

    Natural, social and political characteristics of contemporary Latin America.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SPN 310.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SPN 333 - Civilization and Culture of Spain

    SPN 333 - Civilization and Culture of Spain

    3.00 credit hours

    An overview of the history, customs, institutions, cultural patterns and heritage of the Spanish people from earliest times to the present.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SPN 310.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    SOA 421 - Indigenous Peoples and the State

    3.00 credit hours

    The multi-dimensional study of the clash of cultural values, attitudes and ideologies that commonly occurs in global encounters and relationships between state systems and native peoples. Economic, socio-political and ideological issues are among the topics covered.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 105 and Junior standing; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • THE 363 - Classical Asian Theatre

    THE 363 - Classical Asian Theatre

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of classical Asian theatre traditions, including the Noh, Kabuki and Bunraku theatres of Japan; Beijing Opera and Yuan drama of China; Sanskrit and Kathakali dance dramas of India; Korean p'ansori dramas and mask dances; and the Balinese Dancers of Indonesia. The course explores the ways in which these performance traditions reflect each country's heritage, religion and culture.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Any ACR-Intercultural course offered on campus.
Capstone Seminar

Enrollment in GLS 490 - Global Perspectives Capstone Seminar in the student's senior year. The final portfolio is completed in the course, documenting all requirements. Students also produce an interdisciplinary project that explores significant international dimensions of their major.

Foreign Language

18 credits of academic study in a language other than the student's native language.

Study Abroad

Completion of any study abroad program for a minimum of 10 weeks, approved by the Center for Global Education.

International/Intercultural Internship

Fifty (50) hours (minimum) of a domestic internship in an organization engaged in international or intercultural work, to be completed before or after the study abroad program.

Campus International Programming

Participation in eight (8) campus international events. Students must be key organizers for at least two events and attend a minimum of six more.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

GLS 160 D-Term Study Abroad (2.00-3.00)
Provides students with an opportunity to pursue a field of study outside the United States at an introductory level. Each course requires some pre-departure and post-study abroad sessions; time spent out of country may vary from 10 to 21 days. Destinations and content change according to instructor. Repeatable with different content. Instructor consent required.

GLS 177 Topics in Global Awareness (1.50-3.00)
Intensive study of a cultural topic designed to help students develop a sense of global systems and interdependence in the context of a particular discipline. Content defined by the individual instructor. Repeatable with different content.

GLS 260 D-Term Study Abroad (2.00-3.00)
Provides students with an opportunity to pursue a field of study outside the United States at an introductory level. Each course requires some pre-departure and post-study abroad sessions; time spent out of country may vary from 10 to 21 days. Destinations and content change according to instructor. Repeatable with different content. Instructor consent required.

GLS 277 Seminar: Study Abroad (0.00-2.00)
A workshop in intercultural learning designed for students enrolled in North Central College study abroad programs. Students explore the concept of culture, compare cultural values, investigate social relations and communication styles, prepare for adjustment, and begin to develop intercultural competence. Journals are kept while students are in their host cultures; required activities and a final essay are completed upon return. Required of all students who plan to study abroad.

GLS 287 Topics in Chinese Culture (1.50)
Intensive study of cultural topics required of students in NCC-in-China/Japan program who are studying only one or no language.

GLS 288 Topics in Japanese Culture (1.50)
Intensive study of cultural topics required of students in NCC-in-China/Japan program who are studying only one or no language.

GLS 360 D-Term Study Abroad (2.00-3.00)
Provides students with an opportunity to pursue a field of study outside the United States. Each course requires some pre-departure and post-study abroad sessions; time spent out of country may vary from 10 to 21 days. Destinations and content change according to instructor. Repeatable with different content. Consent of instructor required. Some 100- and 200-level coursework in a student's major recommended. Instructor consent required.

GLS 362 D-Term Study Abroad Acr-Intercultural (3.00)
Provides students an opportunity to pursue a field of study outside the United States. Topics are examined from more than one disciplinary perspective. Each course requires some pre-departure and post-study abroad sessions; time spent out of country may vary from 10-21 days. Destinations and content change according to instructor. Instructor consent required. ACR: Intercultural.

GLS 363 Seminar in Costa Rica (3.00)
Seminar taught in English by the NCC faculty member. Course content varies according to the expertise and areas of interest of the faculty member. Costa Rica term. Fulfills interdisciplinary requirement. Instructor consent required. ACR: Intercultural.

GLS 365 Topics in Global Studies (3.00)
Intensive study of a selected international topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including those of the humanities and social sciences. ACR: Intercultural.

GLS 366 Global Power and the British Empire (3.00)
An upper-level survey of Britain's violent relationship with the world designed to introduce students to the depth and breadth of British power since the sixteenth century. The course focuses on the high point of imperial expansion from the nineteenth century to the post-WWI era and concentrates on why the British expanded into India, Africa and the Middle East, and how they rules/thought about their global empire. ACR: Intercultural.

GLS 367 Modern Britain (3.00)
Selected topics in modern British culture and society designed to give context for student's study in England. Required of all students on NCC-in-England program. England term. Fulfills interdisciplinary requirement. Instructor consent required. ACR: Intercultural.

GLS 387 Seminar in China and Japan (3.00)
Seminar taught in English by the NCC faculty member. Course content varies according to the expertise and areas of interest of the faculty member. China/Japan term. Fulfills interdisciplinary requirement. Instructor consent required. ACR: Intercultural.

GLS 397 - Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GLS 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GLS 490 Global Perspectives Capstone Seminar (1.00)
Designed for students in the Global Perspectives Program, this seminar is devoted to the completion of the required portfolio and culminates in an interdisciplinary project that focuses on the international dimensions of a student?s major.

GLS 492 Seminar in Global Studies (3.00)
Topics in global studies such as international relations theory, globalization, democratization, and global change. Seminar serves as capstone for global studies majors. ACR: Intercultural.

GLS 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

GLS 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

William Muck

Associate Professor of Political Science; Chairperson, Department of Political Science; Coordinator of Global Studies; Ruge Fellow
Political Science
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Luke Franks

Associate Professor of History; Coordinator of East Asian Studies
History
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Brian Hoffert

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History; Coordinator of History of Ideas
Religious Studies
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Shereen Ilahi

Associate Professor of History
History
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Robert Moussetis

Professor of International Business
Management & Marketing
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