Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Global Governance Concentration

In this concentration students explore how national governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations work together to identify, understand, and address global issues. Coursework covers diplomacy, international law and organizations, international security, and conflict resolution.

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Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

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 Global Topic

◊ Concentration in Global Governance (GLGV)

In this concentration, students explore how national governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations work together to identify, understand, and address global issues. Coursework covers diplomacy, international law and organizations, international security, and conflict resolution.

Choose 12 credits from the following:

ANTH 312 - Political Anthropology Credits: 3

COMM 305 - Foundations of Intercultural Communication Credits: 3

CRIM 405 - Law and Justice around the World Credits: 3

CRIM 475 - Theory and Politics of Terrorism Credits: 3

GGS 301 - Political Geography Credits: 3

GOVT 342 - Diplomacy Credits: 3

GOVT 343 - International Political Economy Credits: 3

GOVT 344 - American Foreign Policy Credits: 3

GOVT 346 - American Security Policy Credits: 3

GOVT 347 - International Security Credits: 3

GOVT 412 - Politics and the Mass Media Credits: 3

GOVT 434 - Democracy in Global Perspective Credits: 3

GOVT 445 - Human Rights Credits: 3

GOVT 446 - International Law and Organization Credits: 3

GOVT 447 - Revolution and International Politics Credits: 3

GOVT 448 - Ethics and International Politics Credits: 3

INTS 305 - Conflict Resolution and Transformation Credits: 6

INTS 416 - Refugee and Internal Displacement Credits: 3

INTS 422 - An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy Credits: 3-6

SOCI 340 - Power, Politics, and Society 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.)

Electives

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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