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Undergraduate: Globalization Studies and International Relations

  • Program Overview

    Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI)

    The Globalization Studies and International Relations Major is an interdisciplinary program that combines academic perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering to study, research, and create knowledge on global and trans-regional issues. This program’s central objects of study are the emerging changes wrought to human communities by both historic and on-going processes of globalization. Globalization has brought a new level of complexity to traditional issues emerging from the interaction of human groups, cultural traditions, environmental, legal, economic and technological. This complexity has changed both the character of the challenges and also enabled new potential for solutions to them. The curriculum in this major encourages students to become critical examiners and engaged researches of these interactions by focusing on global flows of commodities, traditions, diseases, knowledge, technologies, and people. They will also focus on how these flows impact existing social, economic, and political inequalities.

    As part of the major, students complete a set of core courses each combining theoretical and experiential components. Each student will choose a specific Global Interaction Area of their interest, and a Specialized Global Issues Track. These will become their areas and issues of specialization and expertise as they tackle the complex set of phenomena associated with globalization. Students are required to either participate in a semester abroad study program, or to complete a semester long internship in an institution, business, or government agency that engages directly with the student’s area and issues specializations. The program educates leaders and researchers in global issues, international service, diplomacy, and activism. We also prepare students to pursue graduate study in programs that train professionals in a wide variety of fields, from diplomacy and consultants, to research journalism and social entrepreneurship.

     

     

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major and Minor in Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI)

    Requirements for the Major in Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI)

    The major in Globalization Studies and International Relations leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. 

    Completion of the major requires 45 credits. All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade
    of C or higher.

    1. Foundation Courses (15 credits)

    • GLI 211 Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations 
    • GLI 320 Global Cultural and Environmental Issues
    • GLI 330 Global Political, Economic Issues
    • GLI 340 Cross-Cultural Mediation and Conflict Resolution
    • GLI 450 Capstone Senior Seminar

    2. Language Study (9 credits)

    • 9 credits above the 100 level, or demonstrated equivalent competency, in one language other than English.

    3. Global Areas and Global Issues (21 credits; 9 from Global Interaction Areas and 12 from Specialized Global Issues Tracks)

    1. Global Interaction Areas (9 credits: 3 at the 100/200 level, 6 credits taken in upper division courses [300-400 level]. Specific choice of courses are made through consultation with the advisor. Choice of specific courses is made
      through consultation with the program advisor.

      Areas to be defined by student in consultation with the program advisor. These areas should be defined according to specific global flows and historic interrelations rather than as traditional geographical areas.

      Some examples of these Global Interaction Areas (see Global Interaction Areas for courses): 

      1. Pacific Rim (East-Asia, South-East Asia, East Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Western Americas)
      2. Indian Ocean world (South East Asia, South Asia, Australia, East Africa)
      3. Transatlantic (West Africa, Western Europe, North and South America)
      4. Mediterranean (Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Middle East)
      5. Eurasia (Central Asia, Europe)
      6. Americas (North and South America, Caribbean)
      7. Global Africa (Africa and African diaspora)
      8. Larger Middle East (North-Eastern Africa, Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf)

       b. Specialized Global Issues Tracks (12 credits: 6 at the 100 and 200 levels, 6 at the 300 and 400 levels):

          Choice of one of six clusters of coursework organized around a set of interrelated issues (see  Global Issues Tracks)

      1. Global Cities: Challenges and Realities of Accelerating Urbanization Processes
      2. Human, Cultural, and Biological Migration: Global Diasporas and Ethnicities
      3. Global Development and Sustainability: Environment, Well-Being, Economy, and Policy
      4. Cultural and Political Representation: Global Narratives, Global Policies and their modes of dissemination.
      5. Inequalities: Gender, Race, Class and Disability in a Global Context
      6. Transnational Corporations, Trans-regional Institutions: Markets, Institutions, and Policies

    Global Interaction Areas 

    AFRICA AND AFRICAN DIASPORA

    • AFS 221: Introduction to Modern African History
    • AFS 306: Gender and Public Health in Africa
    • AFS 319: The Politics of Race
    • AFS 340: Human Rights and Africa
    • AFS 368 / HIS 368: Health and Disease in African History
    • AFS 374: Environment and Development in African History
    • AFS 383: The Global African Diaspora in Comparative Perspective
    • AFH 329 / HUF 318: Pan-African Literature I
    • AFH 330: Pan-African Literature II
    • ANT 250: African Cultures Today
    • ARH 328: Exhibiting Africa
    • ARH 329: Arts of the African Diaspora
    • HIS 221: Introduction to Modern African History
    • HIS 346: Political and Social History of Africa
    • HIS 350: Topics in African History
    • HIS 369: Religion and Politics in Africa
    • POL 337: The Politics of Africa
    • SOC 365: Global Africa

     ASIA

    • AAS 201: Introduction to the Civilization of the Indian Subcontinent
    • AAS 216: Introduction to Japanese Studies
    • AAS 300: Intellectual History of East Asia
    • AAS 305: The Pacific, Travel & Empire
    • AAS 330: Language and Society in South Asia
    • AAS 352: Environmental History of China
    • AAS 379: Ethnicity and Ecology in China
    • AAS 440: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
    • ARH 203: Arts of Asia
    • HIS 227: Islamic Civilization & Muslim Societies
    • HIS 307: Silk Roads and Spice Routes: Travel, Exploration and Discovery in the Premodern World
    • HIS 332: Postcolonial South Asia
    • HIS 340: Topics in Asian History
    • HIS 348: Colonial South Asia
    • JPN 331: Social Sciences Topics in Japanese Studies
    • JPN 332: Humanities Topic in Japanese Studies
    • KOR 331: Social Science Topics in Korean Studies
    • KOR 332: Humanities Topics in Korean Studies
    • RUS 300 and 400 level courses

    EUROPE

    • FRN 300 and 400 level courses
    • GER 300 and 400 level courses
    • HIS 101: Ancient Mesopotamia to Early Modern Europe
    • HIS 102: Modern European History, 18th c. to the Present
    • HIS 248: Modern Europe, 1815-1914
    • HIS 249: Modern Europe, 1914-1945
    • HIS 250: The Second World War, 1939-1945
    • HIS 251: Europe Since 1945
    • HIS 334: Women and Gender in Pre-Modern European History
    • HIS 360: Changing Families: US History to 1860
    • HIS 391: Topics in Ancient and Medieval Europe
    • HIS 392: Topics in Early Modern Europe
    • HIS 393: Topics in Modern European History
    • HUF 216: French Civilization through the Ages
    • HUF 219: Modern France
    • HUG 229: Germany Today
    • HUI 216: Italian Civilization Through the Ages
    • HUS 255: Modern Spain
    • ITL 300 and 400 level courses
    • POL 309: Politics in the European Union
    • RUS 300 and 400 level courses
    • SPN 415: Hispanic Cultures in Contact
    • SPN 300 and 400 level courses

    THE AMERICAS

    • AFH 339 / ARH 329: Arts of the African Diaspora 
    • AFH 368: Caribbean and American Connections in Literature
    • ANT 380 / AFS 380: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • HIS 213: Colonial Latin America
    • HIS 214: Modern Latin America
    • HIS 216: History of U.S.-Latin American Relations
    • HIS 380: Topics in Latin-American History
    • HUS 254: Latin America Today
    • HUS 261: Latin American Literature in a Global Context
    • HUS 290: Latin American Cinema
    • LAC 200: Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Societies
    • POL 214: Modern Latin America
    • POL 216: History of U.S.-Latin American Relations
    • SOC 364: Sociology of Latin America
    • SPN 300 and 400 level courses

    MIDDLE EAST: NORTH AFRICA AND SOUTH-WEST ASIA

    • ARH 317: Islamic Art
    • HIS 227: Islamic Civilization & Muslim Societies
    • HIS 307: Silk Roads and Spice Routes: Travel, Exploration and Discovery in the Premodern World
    • SOC 386: State and Society in the Middle East

    Global Issues Tracks

    These are listed according to existing offerings that the student, in consultation with program advisor, will combine into thematic clusters.

    HUMAN, CULTURAL, AND BIOLOGICAL MIGRATION: GLOBAL DIASPORAS AND ETHNICITIES

    • AAS 305: The Pacific, Travel & Empire
    • AFH 339 / ARH 329: Arts of the African Diaspora
    • AFS 221: Introduction to Modern African History
    • AFS 383: The Global African Diaspora in Comparative Perspective
    • ANT 250: African Cultures Today
    • EGL 249: African-American Literature and Music in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    • EGL 274: African-American Literature
    • HIS 307: Silk Roads and Spice Routes: Travel, Exploration and Discovery in the Premodern World
    • HIS 397: Topics in History of U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
    • HUS 271: United States Latino Literature and Culture
    • POL 310: Immigration and Refugee Politics

    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY: ENVIRONMENT, WELL-BEING, ECONOMY, AND POLICY

    • AFS 306: Gender and Public Health in Africa
    • AFS 368 / HIS 368: Health and Disease in African History
    • AFS 374: Environment and Development in African History
    • ANP 360: Primate Conservation
    • ANT 350: Medical Anthropology
    • ATM 201: Introduction to Climate and Climate Change
    • ATM 237: World Climate and Atmosphere
    • ATM 305: Global Atmospheric Change
    • ATM 397: Air Pollution and Its Control
    • BIO 103: Introduction to Biotechnology
    • BIO 113: General Ecology
    • BIO 353: Marine Ecology
    • BIO 385: Plant Ecology
    • BIO 386: Ecosystem Ecology and the Global Environment
    • ENS 101: Prospects for Planet Earth
    • ENS 301: Contemporary Environmental Issues and Policies
    • ENS 311: Ecosystem Ecology and the Global Environment
    • ENS 312: Population, Technology, and the Environment
    • ENV 304: Global Environmental Change
    • EST 102: Weather and Climate
    • EST 201: Technological Trends in Society
    • EST 291: Energy, Environment, and People
    • EST 330: Natural Disasters: Societal Impacts and Technological Solutions
    • GEO 101: Environmental Geology
    • GEO 104: Ripples across the World: Global Effects of Natural Disasters
    • GEO 105: Energy Resources for the 21st Century
    • GEO 311: Geoscience and Global Concerns
    • HIS 286: The Global History of Human Health
    • HIS 302: Environmental History in Global Perspective
    • MAR 315: Marine Conservation
    • MAR 340: Environmental Problems and Solutions
    • MAR 394: Environmental Toxicology and Public Health
    • MEC 280: Pollution and Human Health
    • PHI 366: Philosophy and the Environment
    • PHY 237: World Climate and Atmosphere
    • SOC 344: Environmental Sociology
    • SUS 343: Age of the Anthropocene

    CULTURAL AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION: ART AND MEDIA IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

    • AAS 201: Introduction to the Civilization of the Indian Subcontinent
    • AAS 216: Introduction to Japanese Studies
    • AAS 250: Languages and Cultures of Asian Americans
    • AAS 300: Intellectual History of East Asia
    • AAS 305: The Pacific, Travel & Empire
    • AAS 440: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
    • AFH 206: Great Books of the Black Experience
    • AFH 249: African-American Literature and Music in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    • AFH 339 / ARH 329: Arts of the African Diaspora 
    • AFH 368 / EGL 368: Caribbean and American Connections in Literature
    • AFS 383: The Global African Diaspora in Comparative Perspective
    • ANT 102: What Makes Us Human?
    • ANT 230: Peoples of the World
    • ANT 250: African Cultures Today
    • ARH 391: Topics in Global Art
    • CCS 301: Cinema and Media Theory
    • CLT 220: Literature Beyond European Traditions
    • CLT 266: The 20th Century Novel
    • CLT 335: Interdisciplinary Study of Film
    • CLT 361: Literature and Society
    • CLT 362: Literature and Ideas
    • EGL 276 / WST 276: Feminism: Literature and Cultural Contexts
    • EGL 369: Topics in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultures
    • EGL 376: The Literature of Imperialism
    • HIS 227: Islamic Civilization & Muslim Societies
    • HIS 369: Religion and Politics in Africa
    • HIS 373: Global 1960s
    • HUS 290: Latin American Cinema
    • MUS 300: Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
    • MUS 304: American Music
    • PHI 364: Philosophy of Technology
    • WST 301: Histories of Feminism
    • WST 395: Topics in Global Feminism

    INEQUALITIES: GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

    • AAS 250: Languages and Cultures of Asian Americans
    • AFH 206: Great Books of the Black Experience
    • AFH 249: African-American Literature and Music in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    • AFH 339 / ARH 329: Arts of the African Diaspora
    • AFH 368 / EGL 368: Caribbean and American Connections in Literature
    • AFS 319: The Politics of Race
    • AFS 340: Human Rights and Africa
    • ANT 102: What Makes Us Human?
    • ANT 230: Peoples of the World
    • CCS 301: Cinema and Media Theory
    • CLT 220: Literature Beyond European Traditions
    • CLT 221: Cross-Cultural Encounters
    • EGL 249: African-American Literature and Music in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    • EGL 274: African-American Literature
    • EGL 276 / WST 276: Feminism: Literature and Cultural Contexts
    • EGL 369: Topics in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultures
    • EGL 376: The Literature of Imperialism
    • HIS 332: Postcolonial South Asia
    • HIS 348: Colonial South Asia
    • HIS 397: Topics in History of U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
    • MUS 304: American Music
    • WST 301: Histories of Feminism
    • WST 395: Topics in Global Feminism 

    TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND TRANSREGIONAL INSTITUTIONS: MARKETS, INSTITUTIONS, AND POLICIES

    • AAS 379: Ethnicity and Ecology in China
    • AFH 379PHI 379: Philosophy of Race
    • AFS 221: Introduction to Modern African History
    • AFS 319: The Politics of Race
    • AFS 337: The Politics of Africa
    • AFS 345: Culture and Gender: Women in Africa and the Caribbean
    • AFS 346: Political and Social History of Africa
    • AFS 350: Black Women and Social Change: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • AFS 365: Global Africa
    • CSE 301: History of Computing
    • ECO 325: International Economics
    • EST 201: Technological Trends in Society
    • HIS 281: Global History and Geography
    • HIS 300: Topics in Global History
    • HIS 307: Silk Roads and Spice Routes: Travel, Exploration and Discovery in the Premodern World
    • HIS 332: Postcolonial South Asia
    • HIS 348: Colonial South Asia
    • HIS 381: Global Commodity Histories, 1500-2000
    • HIS 397: Topics in History of U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity 
    • PHI 367: Philosophy of War and Peace
    • PHI 377: Contemporary Political Philosophy
    • POL 103: Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • POL 311: Introduction to International Law
    • POL 313: Problems of International Relations
    • POL 374 / SOC 374: Global Issues in the United Nations
    • SOC 105: Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 248: Social Problems in Global Perspective
    • SOC 348: Global Sociology

    Requirements for the Minor in Globalization Studies and International Relations

    The minor provides a focused view of global processes through the critical examination from a variety of disciplinary perspectives of the world's institutions, ideas, cultures, and historical traditions. Students develop the ability to examine the global and local repercussions of current social, cultural, political, and economic developments in the world by applying a variety of methods
    from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The curriculum encourages students to become engaged researches in the global flows of commodities, knowledge, and people, and their impact over existing social, economic, and political inequalities. 

    The minor is open to all undergraduates regardless of academic major or place of residence. As part of the minor students should choose a Global Interaction Area and a Specialized Global Issue Track. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in study abroad programs. With the approval of the program advisor, credits earned for courses taken abroad may count toward fulfillment of the minor. In addition, the minor is part of the Undergraduate Academy for Globalization Studies and International Relations. Students are encouraged to actively participate in enrichment opportunities offered by the Academy.

    Declaration of the Minor

    The Globalization Studies and International Relations minor takes approximately 4 semesters (fall/spring) to complete. Students are encouraged to declare the minor before the start of their sophomore year but no later than the first semester of their
    junior year depending on the target date of graduation. Students should consult with the program advisor as soon as possible and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.

    General GLI Minor Requirements

    • Completion of the Minor requires 24 credits.
    • All core courses must be taken at Stony Brook University.
    • All courses required for the Minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or better.

    Course Requirements for the Minor

    1. GLI 211 Perspectives in Globalization Studies and International Relations

    2. Two courses chosen from the following:
    • GLI 320 Global, Cultural and Environmental Issues
    • GLI 330 Global, Political, Economic Issues
    • GLI 340 Conflict Resolution, Coalition Building, and Peacemaking
    1. Two courses in a Global Interaction Area (6 credits: 3 credits at the 100/200 level, 3 credits taken at the 300 level). Areas must be defined in consultation with the Program Advisor and according to specific global flows and historic interrelations rather than as traditional geographical areas.

              Some examples of these Global Interaction Areas (see Global Interaction Areas ):

    • Pacific Rim (East-Asia, East Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Western Americas)
    • Indian Ocean world (South East Asia, Australia,
    • Transatlantic (West Africa, Western Europe, North and South America)
    • Mediterranean (Southern Europe, Northern Africa, Middle East)
    • Eurasia (Central Asia, Europe)
    • Americas (North and South America, Caribbean)
    • Global Africa (Africa and African diaspora)
    • Larger Middle East (North-Eastern Africa, Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean)
    1. Two courses in a Specialized Global Issue Track (see Global Issue Tracks ; 6 credits: 3 credits at the 100/200 level, 3 credits taken at the 300 level):
    • Global Cities: Challenges and Realities of Accelerating Urbanization Processes
    • Human, Cultural, and Biological Migration: Global Diasporas and Ethnicities
    • Global Development and Sustainability: Environment, Well-Being, Economy, and Policy
    • Cultural and Political Representation: Global Narratives, Global Policies and their modes of dissemination
    • Colonial and Post-Colonial Globalizations: Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context.
    • Transnational Corporations, Trans-regional Institutions: Markets, Institutions, and Policies
    1. Language Study (3 credits)
    • 3 credits above the 100 level (or demonstrated equivalent competency) in one language other than English.

     

    Note: Only with prior approval of the program advisor will study abroad be considered as a substitute for Requirement 3.

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Globalization Studies and International Relations

    For more information about SBC courses that fulfill major requirements, click here.

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    GLI 211 3
    SPN 111 4
    SBC 3
    Elective  3
     Total 17
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    SPN 112 4
    SBC 3
    Global Issue I 3
    Global Interaction Area I  3
     Total 16
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    GLI 320 3
    SPN 211 3
    SBC 3
    Elective 3
    Elective  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    SPN 212 3
    Global Interaction Area II 3
    SBC 3
    Elective 3
    Elective
     3
     Total 15
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    GLO 330 3
    Global I ssue  II 3
    SPN 311 3
    Elective  3
    SBC  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    Internship 3
    Global Interaction Area III 3
    Global I ssue  III 3
    SBC 3
    Elective 3
     Total 15
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    GLI 340  3
    Global I ssue  IV  3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
    Elective  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    GLI 450 3
    Upper-division SBC 3
    Upper-division SBC 3
    Elective 3
    Elective 3
     Total 15

      

  • Contact

    Globalization Studies and International Relations (GLI)

    Major in Globalization Studies and International Relations, Institute for Globalization Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

    Minor in Globalization Studies and International Relations, Undergraduate College of Global Studies

    Institute Director: Sophie Raynard-Leroy 

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Andrea Fedi 

    E-mail: gli@stonybrook.edu 

    Web address:  https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/sbigs/ 

    Other minors of particular interest to students majoring in Globalization Studies and International Relations: Africana Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, China Studies, English, Environmental Humanities, French Language and Literature,
    Hispanic Languages and Literature, History, History of Health, Science, and the Environment, International Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, Russian Studies, South Asian Studies, Spanish Language and Literature, Sustainability Studies, Theatre, Women's and Gender Studies, Writing and Rhetoric.

     

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