Global Studies Department Website
David Abernathy (Chair),
Philip A. Jamison,
Jeffrey A. Keith,
David G. Moore,
Angela Marie Phillips,
The mission of the Global Studies Program is to prepare students to be responsible citizens of the world by challenging them to understand contemporary global issues, address the historical and geographical contexts of global inequalities, and engage research agendas from an interdisciplinary perspective that integrates the humanities, the social sciences, and environmental studies.
The goals of the Global Studies Program are the following:
- To help students develop an integrated understanding of global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
- To provide opportunities for students to engage with a culture outside their own.
- To provide students with the tools needed to critically examine their own local and regional culture and how it is shaped by an increasingly globalized society.
- To prepare students for a globalized world through the study of a language other than English.
- To provide students with research and writing skills that promote critical thought and the effective communication of ideas.
Major in Global Studies
Grades: Students must earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses counting toward the major.
Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 48 credit hours toward the Global Studies Major requirements. Of the 48 total credit hours, at least 16 must be upper level credit hours (including the 4-credit capstone thesis seminar).
- Core Courses (12 credit hours): All Global Studies majors must pass the following three courses in order to complete the major:
*This course provides an introduction to globalization and global studies and should be taken early in the major. Majors must complete this course before enrolling in GBL 305 or GBL 461.
- GBL 117 Introduction to Global Studies *
- GBL 305 Thinking Globally: Contemporary Globalization in Context
- GBL 461 Global Studies Seminar
- Foundation Courses (16 credit hours): All majors must take 16 credit hours from the following list of foundation courses.
- GBL 125 Introduction to Appalachian Studies
- ANT 105 Introduction to Latin America
- ANT 261 Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
- HIS 111 East Asian Civilization
- MUS 112 Music Cultures of the World
- PAX 110 Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies
- REL 236 Religions of South Asia
- SOC 251 Societies of Southeast Asia
- Thematic Concentration Courses (20 credits): Students must choose from one of four thematic concentrations. Detailed descriptions of these concentrations are listed below.
- Off Campus Experience: The Global Studies major stresses the importance of experiential education. To this end, all students must complete part of their education away from the Warren Wilson College campus. This component of the major varies depending on student interest and is arranged in conjunction with the student's academic advisor. These experiences may range from a term or semester studying in a foreign country, to a short Warren Wilson international programs course, to an internship or extended service project. This component of the major should be planned well in advance. No credit is given for "prior learning." This requirement should be met prior to the student's senior year and must be met prior to the student's last semester before graduation.
- Language Proficiency Requirement: For this major, proficiency is defined as the equivalent of three semesters of college level study. Proficiency can be gained at Warren Wilson College, before students arrive at WWC, or through study at other institutions or in other countries.
Program Proposal: Advanced planning with a Global Studies advisor is essential to successful and timely completion of all the major requirements. A written Global Studies major proposal must be approved by the Global Studies faculty and should be submitted to the advisor and to the Chair of Global Studies for approval no later than one month before registration during the second semester of the sophomore year or, for transfer students, during the first term of the junior year.
Minors in Global Studies
Grades: Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses counting toward any of the following Global Studies minors.