Global Studies (GLS) Courses

GLS1001 Introduction to Global Studies

This course is the first in the Global Studies program and introduces students to key concepts and issues in the field. Students discuss globalization as both a historical and ongoing process and study key geographic areas and participants in global issues. Global issues including those in politics, the economy, society, information sectors, the environment and others are examined within the context of global studies.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GLS2100 Latin American History, Culture and Society

This survey course is a multidisciplinary introduction to the diverse cultures and societies of Latin America from Pre-Columbian times to the present. Students explore the cultural and ideological impact of conquest on colonial societies and look closely at specific problems that Latin American peoples have faced in the 20th century and contemporary challenges for the present millennium. Topics include society and culture, history, politics, strategies for economic development, and U.S.-Latin American relations.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GLS2200 Asia in Global Perspective: Peoples, Cultures and Politics

Asia is a vast geographical region that encompasses several sub-regions, peoples, cultures, countries, economic and political systems. Asia remains a crucial site of global economic and geopolitical interest for the U.S., Europe and Russia. This course explores the cultures, languages and patterns of living in this diverse region in order to grasp more deeply the ways in which the global, local and regional intersect and shape patterns of everyday life in Asia. Students explore specific themes distinct to particular areas of Asia, and its relationship to the world. Topics include human diversity of Asia and its cultural lifeways; China, Japan and India and their role in global geopolitics; tourism and urban hubs; economic change and globalization; conflict and post-conflict societies; climate change; natural disasters; and religion.
Offered at Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GLS2240 Middle East in Global Perspective: Peoples, Cultures and Politics

This course explores the threads and connections that the Middle East's human diversity, politics, geography, cultural lifeways and on-going armed conflicts weave in a region defined by great human and geopolitical insecurity. The course centers on the complex ways in which everyday life is forged in the wake of these daunting dynamics that shape the tempo and patterns of daily life. Topics include cultures; languages; places; ethno-religious diversities; economic, political, ecological and geopolitical dilemmas; globalization and its impact on the region; popular culture; youth; gender; and sexuality.
Offered at Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GLS2280 World Regional Geography in Global Perspective

Utilizing the geographical imagination and a critical lens to examine the world, this course explores key issues in understanding how regions come to be in human terms — how they are distinct in the ways people make meaning of the location and territories they inhabit. Focus is on the distinctions and geographical approaches to the study of peoples, cultures, and economic and political activities by region. From the Arctic to the southern reaches of the Pacific Ocean, this course compares how regions are vital in the making of the globalized world. Topics include tourism, ecological destruction, regional-global dynamics, economical patterns, commodities, commerce, geopolitics, development, human cultural diversity and conflict.
Offered at Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GLS3200 Global Case Studies

This course is designed to introduce students to leading schools of thought in global studies scholarship and to the key ideas, topics, trends and events of this field. Students learn the many theoretical approaches by which to analyze and interpret global topics and learn to analyze problems and case studies through these different theoretical frameworks and approaches.
Prerequisite(s): GLS1001.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GLS3899 Global Studies Internship

This course allows students the opportunity to choose an internship in a variety of fields, such as public service or communications, and in many settings, including nonprofit and government agencies, arts organizations or other settings related to their interests. Internship assignments provide opportunities for students to gain real world experience by applying their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of a business, agency or community organization engaged in global issues.
Prerequisite(s): To be eligible for this internship, students must: 1) maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 during the entire pre-program application process, and 2) have completed 90 hours of course work.
Offered at Providence
4.5-13.5 Quarter Credit Hours

GLS4900 Global Studies Senior Seminar

This course provides students with the opportunity to identify, research and propose solutions to a global issue or problem. Students' research synthesizes knowledge gained through foreign language and cultural studies, study abroad experiences and regional/historical approaches explored in elemental coursework. This research is a culmination of the Global Studies program objectives. Throughout the term, students design an individual research plan, meet weekly research deadlines, participate in peer review and generate a final project. The culmination of this research project is presented in both written and oral format to the Global Studies faculty and students.
Prerequisite(s): GLS3200, senior status.
Offered at Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours