Global Studies has been absorbed into the new Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS).
This site exists for archival purposes; active and relevant web pages and resources will be migrated to the
IRIS website between now and the Fall 2016 semester.


Global Studies offers graduate students an interdisciplinary introduction to the field: "Global Studies: Themes, Theories, Methods". A description of the Spring 2011 offering can be found below, as well as copies of the syllabi from the 2009 & 2010 graduate seminars.

The core Global Studies Graduate Seminar (IS 720)
is required course for the Global Studies minor.


Introduction to Global Studies
Instructor: Sara McKinnon
International Studies 720; 3 cr; call number: 85289
Class meets: W 2:25pm - 5:25pm
There is no discussion section.
This course is suitable for graduate students.

Increasing connections and interdependencies among institutions and peoples around the world direct our attention to globalization as a central phenomenon of the contemporary era. From economy to culture to environment, the great issues of our time require close attention to the dynamic interactions among actors and stakeholders around the world. It is commonly observed that all societies are now part of a global system that is stitched together by far-reaching trade protocols, governance covenants, and communication networks. Although this process of integration engenders dramatic new opportunities for cooperation and development, it is also characterized by profound inequities and uncertainties that breed dramatic new tensions and conflicts. Globalization is furthermore distinguished by challenges to previous loyalties and affinities, as questions of belonging and citizenship assume new meanings in an era of accelerating flows of people, goods, and capital across national frontiers. This course provides a small graduate seminar setting for an interdisciplinary survey of major approaches to the study of globalization. It aims to familiarize students with key theories, issues, and debates, as well as methodological tools. Topics will include global economy, environment, health, culture, media, development, labor, governance, civil society, science, technology, and geography.

Prerequisites: None.

Copies of the syllabi for the Spring 2010 & Spring 2009 graduate seminars available for review.