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Program in 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.

North Central College's global studies program operates on the premise that participation in a globalized world demands an understanding of the various issues that confront all the earth's citizens. In order to achieve this objective the global studies program brings together courses from a variety of disciplines so that students come to understand the diversity of our world, the problems that face us and the possible solutions from which we can choose. Students who major in global studies accept the idea that boundaries, both physical and intellectual, must be crossed. Upon completion of this major, graduates are prepared to serve in the public, private and non-profit sectors, whether at the international or national level, in the world of business or the world of global politics.

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

Major Requirements

Core Courses

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

    POLS 102 - Introduction to International Relations

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory look at the variety of concepts, issues, debates, ideologies, and theoretical perspectives that have traditionally defined the discipline of International Relations. In particular, the course examines core issues such as international conflict, cooperation, globalization, international law, human rights, economic development, poverty, and terrorism. A great deal of time is devoted to exploring the dominant theoretical perspective of the field including realism, liberalism, Marxism, constructivism, and feminism.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • HIST 150 - Global History and Geography

    HIST 150 - Global History and Geography

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of themes in World History and Geography through the study of maps and their evolution through the premodern and modern eras. Topics include the role of maps in representing religious, political, and ethnic identities, patterns of pilgrimage and trade, and the increasing power of science in reshaping forms of knowledge and global political and cultural relations.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course identifying the role of the business institution in our society, how business behavior is shaped and influenced by its stakeholders-managers, consumers, employees, government and community members. Key topics include: business systems, corporate governance, the business and society relationship, business and public issues, ethical dilemmas in business, corporate social responsibilities in relation to stakeholders, globalization, ecological and sustainability issues and the influence of technology on business and society.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

Research Methods

One of the following:

  • BUSN 265 - Business and Economics Statistics

    BUSN 265 - Business and Economics Statistics

    4.00 credit hours

    Provides an overview of basic statistics as it applies to business. The focus is on learning statistical concepts by applying analytical reasoning to business applications. Examples illustrating the relevance of statistics to broad areas of business are used. The course requires students to use spreadsheet programs, statistical programs, the Internet and other computer tools in analyzing statistics. The focus is on application of the material and on solving problems. Only one of BUSN 265 and PSYC 250 may be taken for credit.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 130 or higher.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 200 - Historical Methods

    HIST 200 - Historical Methods

    4.00 credit hours

    This methods course introduces students to how historians think about the past and do history. Students will learn the basics of historical research, the process of writing history, and the historical profession. Upon completion of the course, students are prepared to complete research in 300-level history seminars and the HIST 470 capstone seminar as well as compete successfully for internships in archives, historical societies and museums.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One history course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 200 - Scope and Practice of Political Science

    POLS 200 - Scope and Practice of Political Science

    4.00 credit hours

    What does it mean to think, research, and write like a political scientist? Using rigorous methods and theoretical approaches, political science examines curiosities about the institutions, practices, and relations that shape the political world. This course introduces students to the scientific study of politics, covering the basics of research design and practice including the ways in which data and theory intersect, and how political scientists conceptualize, measure, and test relationships of interest in the discipline. For example, why are some social movements more effective than others? What explains the rise in partisan polarization over time? What are the causes of war? By the end of the term, students approach questions like these using the scientific method.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Sophomore standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Writing Intensive.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOCI 200 - Social Inquiry I: Quantitative

    SOCI 200 - Social Inquiry I: Quantitative

    4.00 credit hours

    An assessment of the strengths and limitations of various modes of quantitative data collection including experiments, surveys, content analysis and the use of secondary data. Sustained focus on applying the methods and techniques learned to actual social science 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

Study Abroad

Twelve credits through an approved study abroad program

Language Requirement

College level proficiency in a language through 102.

Advanced Electives

Twelve credit hours, with one course from each area and at least two courses at or above the 300-level.

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

    GLST 366 - Global Power and the British Empire

    4.00 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

  • HIST 267 - Twentieth-Century East Asia: Industry, Empire and War

    HIST 267 - Twentieth-Century East Asia: Industry, Empire and War

    4.00 credit hours

    This course explores how the forces of industry, empire and war have shaped modern East Asia, and how Cold War politics realigned diplomatic, economic and cultural relations in late 20th century Japan, Korea and China.

    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 285 - Twentieth-Century Europe: Hitler Versus Stalin

    HIST 285 - Twentieth-Century Europe: Hitler Versus Stalin

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of Europe since 1918 with special emphasis on the rise and fall of Hitler's and Stalin's regimes. This course suggests that Europe's interaction with the world in the twentieth history was defined by the experience and consequences of the Second World War. Major topics include the Holocaust, Decolonization, and the Cold War.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 385 - World Wars of the 20th Century

    HIST 385 - World Wars of the 20th Century

    4.00 credit hours

    This research seminar analyzes historiographical debates over the causes of both World War I and World War II, and the consequences of mass destruction since 1945. Major topics include how each war was experienced globally through European imperialism, genocide, Nazi-occupied Europe and the Cold War. Each student designs, researches and writes a historical essay related to major course themes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 350 - Ethnic & Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEAD 350 - Ethnic & Religious Conflict Resolution

    4.00 credit hours

    Students discover the origins of and build a conceptual framework for understanding ethnic and religious conflict. The approach will be interdisciplinary and examine the central causes, consequences, and ultimately solutions for resolving ethnic and religious conflict. We will use numerous case studies to explore the key conceptual and theoretical areas and questions within the field. The reading is plentiful, but thought provoking, and should enable you to explore the dynamics of global conflict with greater rigor and precision. Come prepared for a stimulating academic experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 222 - American Foreign Policy

    POLS 222 - American Foreign Policy

    4.00 credit hours

    This course offers a general introduction to the history, traditions and theories of American foreign policy. The course highlights the evolution of American foreign policy since World War II exploring the crucial decisions that shaped the current geopolitical environment. We will examine the ways domestic politics, public opinion, the media, presidential leadership and other factors have impact the conduct of American foreign policy. Specific emphasis is placed on contemporary challenges facing the United States, such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, the rise of China, North Korea, and Russia.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 300 - Great Decisions in International Politics

    POLS 300 - Great Decisions in International Politics

    4.00 credit hours

    A comparative case study analysis of the decision making process for three seminal events in international politics. The course explores the causal dynamics behind the origins of World War I, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 2003 Iraq war decision. Students learn the core components of qualitative research through the collection and review of archive research materials. The objective of the course is to develop the knowledge and skill set for evaluating foreign policy decision making in theory and practice.

    Prerequisite(s)

    POLS 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 333 - International Law

    POLS 333 - International Law

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the basic concepts and problems of public international law and of the international legal system.The course will explore the central question of whether international law is useful for ordering the international system. Topics will include the sources and subjects of international law, the jurisdiction of states, the use of force, the relationship between international law and the internal law of states, the international law of human rights and international criminal law.

    Prerequisite(s)

    POLS 102.

    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • ANTH 325 - Indigenous Peoples, State and Order

    ANTH 325 - Indigenous Peoples, State and Order

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the multi-dimensional clash of cultural values, attitudes and ideologies that commonly occurs in global encounters and relationships between state systems and native peoples. Topics include: colonial expansion, genocide, ethnocide and ecocide; the emergence of "indigenous" as a globalized category of identity; movements for cultural, political, economic and ecological autonomy and state responses.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ANTH 145 or ANTH 165.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding
    iCon(s)
    Challenge Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUSN 301 - Leading in a Global World

    BUSN 301 - Leading in a Global World

    4.00 credit hours

    An overview of globalization and its effects on leading successful multinational business and organizations. It explores systematically the theories and models of global leadership and explains social relationships and human behavior across cultural boundaries. It analyzes the relationships among individuals, communities and societies across the world. It provides a context expressing the cultural identities of leaders. It assists learners in developing key professional and personal competencies for effective global leadership and offers an integrated, practical and dynamic framework to think, act and mobilize people to develop global literacy.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BUSN 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 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 standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 265 - Japanese History

    HIST 265 - Japanese History

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the political and cultural evolution of Japanese civilization from prehistory to the present. Topics explored include the emergence of Japanese traditions within an East Asian context, the rise of samurai power, and Japan's development as a modern industrial power.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 270 - India Since 1750

    HIST 270 - India Since 1750

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination 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.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 330 - East Asian Thought

    HIST 330 - East Asian Thought

    4.00 credit hours

    This research seminar examines the East Asian intellectual tradition based on the reading of primary sources in translation and focusing on the cross-pollination of ideas between the three major intellectual traditions of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Each student designs, researches and writes a historical essay related to major course themes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    PHIL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of how definitions of culture shape knowledge about topics in psychology, such as human development, self-concept, and mental illness. The focus is on psychological and anthropological approaches to studying culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 , ANTH 145 or one 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293; Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • BUSN 201 - Global Business, Ethics and Politics

    BUSN 201 - Global Business, Ethics and Politics

    4.00 credit hours

    Explores the dynamics of global business operations within the context of power structures, geopolitics and ethics. An overview of international business operations, ethical theories and how to apply them internationally, global power structures (i.e. WTO, EU) and their influence on global business. It explores the impact of moral concerns on the norms, institutions and practices of international business. It analyzes the relationship between business and power with a particular emphasis on income inequality and environmental impact. It explores how economic wealth and power affects people around the world.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 240 - Introduction to Environmental Economics

    ECON 240 - Introduction to Environmental Economics

    4.00 credit hours

    Environmental Economics primarily examines the impact of economic activity on the environment and the shortcomings of the market system in valuing environmental costs and benefits. The focus of the course is the recent development and application of new and potential economic instruments to improve environmental quality.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 340 - International Economics

    ECON 340 - International Economics

    4.00 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)

    ECON 200 and ECON 205.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 375 - International Political Economy

    ECON 375 - International Political Economy

    2.00 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)

    ECON 370.

    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 380 - Economic Development

    ECON 380 - Economic Development

    2.00 credit hours

    This course analyzes and explains various reasons behind the wealth of nations. Topics covered include economic development, poverty and inequality, economic growth, considering the role of culture, agents and institutions, among others.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ECON 370.

    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 260 - Chinese History

    HIST 260 - Chinese History

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of China's transformation from the "traditional" society of the dynastic period (c. 2000 BCE to 1911) into the "modern" nation that has emerged in the twenty-first century.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 370 - Asia's Rapid Industrialization

    HIST 370 - Asia's Rapid Industrialization

    4.00 credit hours

    This research seminar examines the phenomenon of rapid industrialization as it has been experienced by East Asian societies, with a special focus on Japan, Korea and China. The course considers the roots and consequences of Japan's modern economic growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the ways in which both Korea and China have more recently emerged as important global economic powers in their own right. Each student designs, researches and writes a historical essay related to major course themes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World, Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 221 - Comparative Politics

    POLS 221 - Comparative Politics

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory look at the concepts, ideologies, and methodology that define the field of Comparative Politics. The course will provide a comparative analysis of the various institutions of governance around the world and how those institutions structure state behavior. Comparative Politics seeks to understand different forms of government by comparing them to one another. We will also investigate key topics such as the state, political culture, ethnicity, nationalism, authoritarianism & totalitarianism, democracy, development, globalization and political violence.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*ECON 375 and ECON 380 need to both be taken to meet Markets and Development elective requirement as both courses are two credit hours each.

Capstone Seminar

  • GLST 492 - Seminar in Global Studies

    GLST 492 - Seminar in Global Studies

    4.00 credit hours

    Capstone seminar for Global Studies in which majors reflect upon their interdisciplinary training and apply their knowledge and skills to various topics and issues across the globe.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Global Studies Minor

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

Minor Requirements

The Global Studies minor requires 24 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
  • POLS 102 - Introduction to International Relations

    POLS 102 - Introduction to International Relations

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory look at the variety of concepts, issues, debates, ideologies, and theoretical perspectives that have traditionally defined the discipline of International Relations. In particular, the course examines core issues such as international conflict, cooperation, globalization, international law, human rights, economic development, poverty, and terrorism. A great deal of time is devoted to exploring the dominant theoretical perspective of the field including realism, liberalism, Marxism, constructivism, and feminism.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • HIST 150 - Global History and Geography

    HIST 150 - Global History and Geography

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of themes in World History and Geography through the study of maps and their evolution through the premodern and modern eras. Topics include the role of maps in representing religious, political, and ethnic identities, patterns of pilgrimage and trade, and the increasing power of science in reshaping forms of knowledge and global political and cultural relations.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding, U.S. Power Structures.
    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    SBEN 100 - Globalization and Society

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory course identifying the role of the business institution in our society, how business behavior is shaped and influenced by its stakeholders-managers, consumers, employees, government and community members. Key topics include: business systems, corporate governance, the business and society relationship, business and public issues, ethical dilemmas in business, corporate social responsibilities in relation to stakeholders, globalization, ecological and sustainability issues and the influence of technology on business and society.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Global Understanding.

    Schedule Of Classes

Advanced Electives

Twelve credit hours, with one course from each area and at least two courses at or above the 300-level.

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

    GLST 366 - Global Power and the British Empire

    4.00 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

  • HIST 267 - Twentieth-Century East Asia: Industry, Empire and War

    HIST 267 - Twentieth-Century East Asia: Industry, Empire and War

    4.00 credit hours

    This course explores how the forces of industry, empire and war have shaped modern East Asia, and how Cold War politics realigned diplomatic, economic and cultural relations in late 20th century Japan, Korea and China.

    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 285 - Twentieth-Century Europe: Hitler Versus Stalin

    HIST 285 - Twentieth-Century Europe: Hitler Versus Stalin

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of Europe since 1918 with special emphasis on the rise and fall of Hitler's and Stalin's regimes. This course suggests that Europe's interaction with the world in the twentieth history was defined by the experience and consequences of the Second World War. Major topics include the Holocaust, Decolonization, and the Cold War.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 385 - World Wars of the 20th Century

    HIST 385 - World Wars of the 20th Century

    4.00 credit hours

    This research seminar analyzes historiographical debates over the causes of both World War I and World War II, and the consequences of mass destruction since 1945. Major topics include how each war was experienced globally through European imperialism, genocide, Nazi-occupied Europe and the Cold War. Each student designs, researches and writes a historical essay related to major course themes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEAD 350 - Ethnic & Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEAD 350 - Ethnic & Religious Conflict Resolution

    4.00 credit hours

    Students discover the origins of and build a conceptual framework for understanding ethnic and religious conflict. The approach will be interdisciplinary and examine the central causes, consequences, and ultimately solutions for resolving ethnic and religious conflict. We will use numerous case studies to explore the key conceptual and theoretical areas and questions within the field. The reading is plentiful, but thought provoking, and should enable you to explore the dynamics of global conflict with greater rigor and precision. Come prepared for a stimulating academic experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 222 - American Foreign Policy

    POLS 222 - American Foreign Policy

    4.00 credit hours

    This course offers a general introduction to the history, traditions and theories of American foreign policy. The course highlights the evolution of American foreign policy since World War II exploring the crucial decisions that shaped the current geopolitical environment. We will examine the ways domestic politics, public opinion, the media, presidential leadership and other factors have impact the conduct of American foreign policy. Specific emphasis is placed on contemporary challenges facing the United States, such as terrorism, nuclear proliferation, the rise of China, North Korea, and Russia.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 300 - Great Decisions in International Politics

    POLS 300 - Great Decisions in International Politics

    4.00 credit hours

    A comparative case study analysis of the decision making process for three seminal events in international politics. The course explores the causal dynamics behind the origins of World War I, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 2003 Iraq war decision. Students learn the core components of qualitative research through the collection and review of archive research materials. The objective of the course is to develop the knowledge and skill set for evaluating foreign policy decision making in theory and practice.

    Prerequisite(s)

    POLS 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • POLS 333 - International Law

    POLS 333 - International Law

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the basic concepts and problems of public international law and of the international legal system.The course will explore the central question of whether international law is useful for ordering the international system. Topics will include the sources and subjects of international law, the jurisdiction of states, the use of force, the relationship between international law and the internal law of states, the international law of human rights and international criminal law.

    Prerequisite(s)

    POLS 102.

    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

Culture and Globalization
  • ANTH 325 - Indigenous Peoples, State and Order

    ANTH 325 - Indigenous Peoples, State and Order

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the multi-dimensional clash of cultural values, attitudes and ideologies that commonly occurs in global encounters and relationships between state systems and native peoples. Topics include: colonial expansion, genocide, ethnocide and ecocide; the emergence of "indigenous" as a globalized category of identity; movements for cultural, political, economic and ecological autonomy and state responses.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ANTH 145 or ANTH 165.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding
    iCon(s)
    Challenge Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUSN 301 - Leading in a Global World

    BUSN 301 - Leading in a Global World

    4.00 credit hours

    An overview of globalization and its effects on leading successful multinational business and organizations. It explores systematically the theories and models of global leadership and explains social relationships and human behavior across cultural boundaries. It analyzes the relationships among individuals, communities and societies across the world. It provides a context expressing the cultural identities of leaders. It assists learners in developing key professional and personal competencies for effective global leadership and offers an integrated, practical and dynamic framework to think, act and mobilize people to develop global literacy.

    Prerequisite(s)

    BUSN 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COMM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    4.00 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 standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 265 - Japanese History

    HIST 265 - Japanese History

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the political and cultural evolution of Japanese civilization from prehistory to the present. Topics explored include the emergence of Japanese traditions within an East Asian context, the rise of samurai power, and Japan's development as a modern industrial power.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 270 - India Since 1750

    HIST 270 - India Since 1750

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination 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.

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  • HIST 330 - East Asian Thought

    HIST 330 - East Asian Thought

    4.00 credit hours

    This research seminar examines the East Asian intellectual tradition based on the reading of primary sources in translation and focusing on the cross-pollination of ideas between the three major intellectual traditions of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Each student designs, researches and writes a historical essay related to major course themes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human, Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHIL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    PHIL 225 - Environmental Ethics

    4.00 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.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Ethical Dimensions.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    PSYC 310 - Cultural Psychology

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of how definitions of culture shape knowledge about topics in psychology, such as human development, self-concept, and mental illness. The focus is on psychological and anthropological approaches to studying culture.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PSYC 100 , ANTH 145 or one 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSYC 293; Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

Markets and Development
  • BUSN 201 - Global Business, Ethics and Politics

    BUSN 201 - Global Business, Ethics and Politics

    4.00 credit hours

    Explores the dynamics of global business operations within the context of power structures, geopolitics and ethics. An overview of international business operations, ethical theories and how to apply them internationally, global power structures (i.e. WTO, EU) and their influence on global business. It explores the impact of moral concerns on the norms, institutions and practices of international business. It analyzes the relationship between business and power with a particular emphasis on income inequality and environmental impact. It explores how economic wealth and power affects people around the world.

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  • ECON 240 - Introduction to Environmental Economics

    ECON 240 - Introduction to Environmental Economics

    4.00 credit hours

    Environmental Economics primarily examines the impact of economic activity on the environment and the shortcomings of the market system in valuing environmental costs and benefits. The focus of the course is the recent development and application of new and potential economic instruments to improve environmental quality.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECON 340 - International Economics

    ECON 340 - International Economics

    4.00 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)

    ECON 200 and ECON 205.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

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  • ECON 375 - International Political Economy

    ECON 375 - International Political Economy

    2.00 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)

    ECON 370.

    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • and ECON 380 - Economic Development (both need to be taken to meet this requirement).

  • HIST 260 - Chinese History

    HIST 260 - Chinese History

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of China's transformation from the "traditional" society of the dynastic period (c. 2000 BCE to 1911) into the "modern" nation that has emerged in the twenty-first century.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HIST 370 - Asia's Rapid Industrialization

    HIST 370 - Asia's Rapid Industrialization

    4.00 credit hours

    This research seminar examines the phenomenon of rapid industrialization as it has been experienced by East Asian societies, with a special focus on Japan, Korea and China. The course considers the roots and consequences of Japan's modern economic growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the ways in which both Korea and China have more recently emerged as important global economic powers in their own right. Each student designs, researches and writes a historical essay related to major course themes.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Ethical Dimensions, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World, Sustaining Our World.

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  • POLS 221 - Comparative Politics

    POLS 221 - Comparative Politics

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory look at the concepts, ideologies, and methodology that define the field of Comparative Politics. The course will provide a comparative analysis of the various institutions of governance around the world and how those institutions structure state behavior. Comparative Politics seeks to understand different forms of government by comparing them to one another. We will also investigate key topics such as the state, political culture, ethnicity, nationalism, authoritarianism & totalitarianism, democracy, development, globalization and political violence.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

NOTE: The courses listed herein have been approved by the faculty as authorized by the Board of Trustees. Prerequisites (if any) and the General Education Requirement(s) which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description.

Current course offerings are available in Merlin.

GLST 287 Chinese Culture in China (2.00)
Intensive study of cultural topics required of students in NCC-in-China/Japan program who are studying only one or no language.

GLST 288 Japanese Culture in China (2.00)
Intensive study of cultural topics required of students in NCC-in-China/Japan program who are studying only one or no language.

GLST 363 Seminar in Costa Rica (4.00)
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.
Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent.

GLST 366 Global Power and the British Empire (4.00)
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 ruled/thought about their global empire.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

GLST 367 Modern Britain (4.00)
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.
Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent

GLST 387 Seminar in China and Japan (4.00)
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.
Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent

GLST 390 Topics in Global Studies (4.00)
Intensive study of a selected international topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

GLST 397 - Internship (0.00-12.00)
Instructor consent required.

GLST 399 Independent Study (1.00-12.00)
Instructor consent required.

GLST 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.
Prerequisite(s): Instructor consent.

GLST 492 Seminar in Global Studies (4.00)
Capstone seminar for Global Studies in which majors reflect upon their interdisciplinary training and apply their knowledge and skills to various topics and issues across the globe.
Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

William Muck

Professor of Political Science; Chair, Department of Political Science; Coordinator of Global Studies
Political Science
+1 630 637 5342
Luke Franks

Associate Professor of History; Coordinator of East Asian Studies
History
+1 630 637 5561
Brian Hoffert

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History; Coordinator of History of Ideas
Religious Studies
+1 630 637 5619
Shereen Ilahi

Associate Professor of History; Director of General Education
History
+1 630 637 5616
Robert Moussetis

Professor of International Business
Management & Marketing
+1 630 637 5475

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