Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Core Courses

Mason’s global affairs degree is designed for students who are interested in international affairs and the global processes that affect all societies.

As a global affairs major, you will study with international experts and learn about global politics, economics, culture, and international development. You will study specific geographic regions and investigate the ways in which they are shaped by these global processes.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes.

100-Level Courses

GLOA 101: Introduction to Global Affairs (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017 

Surveys wide range of global topics: previous periods of globalization, international organizations and law, transnational corporations and global economy, immigration and refugees, world environmental concerns, world culture, war and peace, paradoxical presence of nationalism and fundamentalism in global world, and antiglobalization movement.

SOCI 120: Globalization and Society (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Summer 2017 

Examines and analyzes important global issues and processes. Considers historical development of globalization and implications for different societies and cultures. Investigates perceptions of global processes by different cultures and nations, and efforts of international institutions to address social, political, economic, and cultural changes in global society.

GOVT 132: Introduction to International Politics (3 Credits)

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Nature of international politics, approaches to study of international politics, state and nonstate actors in international system, patterns of action and interaction between nation-states, international institutions, and major global issues.

GOVT 133: Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 Credits)

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Discusses methods and subject matter of comparative political analysis. Includes political systems, politics, participation in politics, government structures, policy-making process, and evaluation of political performance.

300-Level Courses

GLOA 305: Global Affairs College-to-Career (1 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 Spring 2017 

Focuses on career choices and effective self-presentation for soon-to-be graduating students with majors in Global Affairs. Explores how skills typically learned in humanities majors can be leveraged for a successful transition to post-graduation employment.

CULT 320: Globalization and Culture (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 

Examines cultures in globalization, with special attention to the role of technologies and new media. Provides historical and contemporary contexts for understanding the relationships among circuits of production and consumption; population flows; social inequalities and collective identities; globalizations from "above" and "below;" built and natural environments.

GOVT 322: International Relations Theory (3 Credits)

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Advanced inquiry into international relations. Studies theories, concepts of international relations, and major forces and issues in international politics.

EVPP 337: Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries (3 (NR) Credits)

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Overview of environmental policy process in developing countries around the world. Major focus on understanding distinctive problems and dynamics of environmental policy making in poor countries to generate better policy decisions and management.

CONF 340: Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (3 (NR) Credits)

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Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from disciplines of international relations, political science, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution. Covers impact of globalization and structural causes of conflict. Uses class discussions, case studies, and final paper to develop analytical skills to help in analysis of conflict. Prepares for further course work for international conflict concentration.

ECON 385: International Economic Policy (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Fall 2017 Summer 2017 

Introduces economic way of thinking on trade and international finance. Presents historical and current information on consequences of trade and protectionism.

400-Level Courses

GLOA 400: Global Affairs Capstone (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017 

Students draw from interdisciplinary core and concentration coursework in orderÊ to synthesize, compare and consolidate theÊ various approaches and theories explored throughout the major through aÊ focus on a pressing global issue.Ê Additionally, course is designed to further develop research, writing, presentation, and organizational skills.

GLOA 450: Topics in Global Affairs (1-3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 Spring 2017 Summer 2017 

Selected topics in global affairs. Content varies.

GLOA 480: Study Abroad (1-6 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Study abroad under supervision of Mason faculty. Course topics, content, and locations vary.

GLOA 490: Independent Study in Global Affairs (1-6 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

Reading or research on specific topic related to globalization, under direction of faculty member.

GLOA 491: Honors Seminar in Global Affairs (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Fall 2017 

Emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of global affairs. Covers a variety of topics, including consideration of economic, political, and cultural forces at work in the complex interactions among global processes.

GLOA 492: Honors Research Project in Global Affairs (3 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

Honors-level research on specialized topic in Global Affairs culminating in substantial paper and oral presentation.

GLOA 495: Global Experiential Learning (1-18 Credits)

Scheduled for Spring 2017 

On-the-job training in transnational or international fields through approved internship programs.

GLOA 498: Global Politics Fellow (0 Credits)

No sections are currently scheduled.

The Global Politics Fellows program is a 15 credit academic program for selected students majoring in Global Affairs or Government and International Politics and Public Administration. This course indicates participation in the program.

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