Global Studies Major:

The BA in Global Studies requires a total of 40 credits, the structure is outlined below. Other requirements include:

Students at a Global Studies Presenation in 2018

Fostering Student-Faculty Connections: GS professors and students come together for events, share meals, and collaborate on research.  These relationships help students gain skills, connections, and experience that are important while at Lehigh and after graduating.
  • Advanced Proficiency in a Foreign Language

    • Global Studies majors are required to complete three years of language study, in a language taught at Lehigh other than the student’s native language. This requirement can be fulfilled all in one language (advanced level), or by taking two years of one language and an additional year of a second language.

  • A Semester of Study Abroad or International Internship

    • Students should complete 12 credits of study abroad, which can be used to fulfill elective or core course requirements when appropriate. Students may also substitute an international internship for study abroad; the internship must include at least 100 hours over at least six weeks (presumably during the summer) and must be at an organization concerned with global issues. If extended time abroad is a hardship, GS students may also petition the program director to undertake a U.S.-based internship directly involved in international and global issues.

Required Courses (totaling 40 credits)

Introductory Course (4 credits)
  • GS 1 Introduction to Global Studies
Core Courses (4 courses from each of the areas listed below totaling 16 credits)
Arts and Humanities (4 credits – choose 1)
  • GS/MLL 128 - World Stories: Literary Expressions of Globalization
  • GS/REL 140 - Religion and Globalization
Culture (4 credits – choose 1)
  • ANTH 11 - Cultural Diversity and Human Nature
  • GS/ANTH 106 - Cultural Studies and Globalization
History (4 credits)
  • GS/HIS 101 - Histories of Globalization
Politics (4 credits – choose 1)
  • GS/IR 10 - Introduction to World Politics
  • GS/POLS 3 - Comparative Politics
  • GS/POLS/PHIL 100 - Introduction to Political Thought
Senior Seminar (1 course: 4 credits)
  • GS/SOC 319 - The Political Economy of Globalization      
Elective Coursework (4 courses; 16 credits)

Select four additional courses from the current Global Studies electives listing. At least two electives must be 200-level or above.

For more information, also see the Full Course Descriptions page.

Global Studies Minor:

A minor in Global Studies requires a total of 16 credits.

Introductory Course (4 credits)
  • GS 1 Introduction to Global Studies
Elective Coursework (12 credits)

Select any three additional Global Studies courses. At least one elective must be 200-level or above.

To declare a Global Studies major or minor, students must fill out a major or minor declaration form and schedule an appointment with Professor Kelly Austin, Director of Global Studies.