Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Europe Concentration

This concentration focuses on Europe’s long history of art, innovation, and imperialism. Students who are interested in art history, foreign languages, government, history, and philosophy should consider this concentration.

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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in global affairs must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36-39 credits within the major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.  Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have a total of 40-43 credits. Students must have a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the core courses and a minimum grade of 1.67 in each of the courses used to fulfill the concentration and the language requirement for global affairs majors.  Students who major in global affairs may not also earn the minor in global systems or receive credit for ECON 390.

Six core courses (18 credits)

GLOA 101 - Introduction to Global Affairs Credits: 3 or SOCI 120 - Globalization and Society Credits: 3

CONF 340 - Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CULT 320 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3

ECON 385 - International Economic Policy Credits: 3

EVPP 337 - Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries Credits: 3

GOVT 322 - International Relations Theory Credits: 3 (Note the prerequisite for this course: GOVT 132 or GOVT 133.)

6-9 credits of language study beyond intermediate proficiency

To fulfill this requirement, students can continue the study of one language beyond the intermediate proficiency level (required for all BA degrees in the college) or choose to study other languages. After a student has demonstrated intermediate proficiency in one language, the remainder of the requirement may be fulfilled by taking any courses taught in a foreign language, at any level. Students are required to complete:

  • 9 credits beyond the completion of 210 or the receipt of heritage language waiver
  • 6 credits beyond the completion of 202

Four courses (12 credits) in an approved concentration

Courses applied to a global affairs concentration must come from at least two different departments. Concentration courses must be unique to the concentration: they cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill any Mason Core or college requirement for the bachelor's degree. They cannot be applied to any other major, minor, concentration, or certificate.

In addition to the courses listed below, other relevant courses, including special topics courses, study abroad, and internships (maximum 3 credits), may be applied to a concentration with prior written approval from the director.

By World Region

◊ Concentration in Europe (EU)

This concentration focuses on Europe's long history of art, innovation, and imperialism. Students who are interested in art history, foreign languages, government, history, and philosophy should consider this concentration.

Choose 12 credits from the following:

ARTH 340 - Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 Credits: 3

ARTH 360 - Nineteenth-Century European Art Credits: 3

ARTH 362 - Twentieth-Century European Art Credits: 3

ENGH 339 - British and Irish Drama after 1900 Credits: 3

ENGH 361 - Continental Fiction, 1880-1950 Credits: 3

FREN 325 - Major French Writers (Topic Varies) Credits: 3

FREN 470 - French and Francophone Cinema Credits: 3

GERM 325 - Major Writers Credits: 3

GERM 340 - Survey of German Literature Credits: 3

GERM 451 - Modern Literature: 1925 to the Present Credits: 3

GGS 320 - Geography of Europe Credits: 3

GOVT 334 - Government and Politics of Europe Credits: 3

GOVT 337 - Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America Credits: 3

GOVT 338 - Government and Politics of Russia Credits: 3

HIST 304 - Western Europe in the Middle Ages Credits: 3

HIST 305 - The Renaissance Credits: 3

HIST 306 - The Reformation Credits: 3

HIST 307 - Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe Credits: 3

HIST 308 - Nineteenth-Century Europe Credits: 3

HIST 309 - Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948 Credits: 3

HIST 312 - Nationalism in Eastern Europe Credits: 3

HIST 314 - History of Germany Credits: 3

HIST 322 - Modern Britain Credits: 3

HIST 436 - European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries Credits: 3

RUSS 353 - Russian Civilization Credits: 3

SPAN 321 - Introduction to Spanish Culture Credits: 3

SPAN 325 - Major Hispanic Writers Credits: 3

SPAN 461 - Spanish Civilization and Culture Credits: 3

SPAN 483 - Medieval and Early Modern Literature of Spain Credits: 3

SPAN 484 - Modern and Contemporary Literature of Spain Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Total: 12 credits

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in global affairs may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing EVPP 337.

Total: 36-39 credits (Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have 40-43 credits.)


Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.

Degree Total: Minimum 120 credits

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