Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Global Affairs

The Global Affairs, MA is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to engage in advanced study of a broad range of global issues. Students complete a core curriculum that provides the knowledge and skills to think and act globally. Students also pursue specializations that include relevant courses from academic departments across the university. All students in the program take part in a residency abroad, typically two weeks in duration, and complete a capstone seminar. Graduates enter the workforce or move forward in their already-established international and domestic careers in the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and business.

This is a Green Leaf program.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and 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. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

GLOA 600 Global Competencies 3
GLOA 605 Interdisciplinary Research Methods 3
GLOA 610 Economic Globalization and Development 3
GLOA 620 Human Systems 3
GLOA 710 Seminar Abroad 3
Total Credits 15

Specialization

Students choose to specialize in one of eight fields by completing 12 credits in that field selected from the courses listed. The specialization is developed in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to design their own specialization must submit a one-page proposal and receive written approval from the director. Specialization courses must come from at least two academic disciplines.

Global Conflict and Security

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
BIOD 610
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (minimum of 3 credits)
BIOD 621
Ethics and International Security
BIOD 705
Intelligence: Theory and Practice
BIOD 706
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
BIOD 722
Examining Terrorist Groups
BIOD 725
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction
CONF 501
Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution
CONF 652
Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization Contexts
CONF 653
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution
CONF 658
Diversity and Difference in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
CONF 659
Leadership in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
CONF 720
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution
CONF 736
Globalization and International Conflict
CONF 746
Peace Building
GOVT 541
Introduction to Critical Analysis and Strategic Response to Terrorism
GOVT 640
Strategic Responses to Terrorism: Coordinated Decision Making
GOVT 742
International Negotiation
GOVT 745
International Security
PUAD 634
Management of International Security
PUBP 650
International Conflict and Crisis Response
PUBP 651
Peace and Stabilization Operations
or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Culture and Society

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Environmental Anthropology
Regional Ethnography
Nationalism, Transnationalism, and States: Local and Global Perspectives
Culture, Power, and Conflict
CONF 707
Gender and Violence
CONF 720
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution
CONF 753
Post-Conflict Contexts: Between Global and Local
Seminar in Global Culture
GOVT 530
Comparative Politics
GOVT 641
Global Governance
GOVT 725
Democratic Theory
GOVT 739
Issues in Comparative and International Politics
Approaches to Modern World History
Problems in Comparative World History
Problems in American History
MUSI 640
Topics in World Musics
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Culture and Globalization
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives
SPMT 551
Sport in the Global Marketplace
Women and Global Issues
or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Economics and Development

This specialization is best suited for students with an academic background in economics or for students who have taken microeconomics, macroeconomics, and calculus with a minimum grade of 3.00 in all three.

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
CONF 732
Conflict in Development
Microeconomic Theory
Microeconomic Theory II
Macroeconomic Theory
Comparative Economic Systems
EVPP 642
Environmental Policy
GOVT 743
International Political Economy
ITRN 500
Global Political Economy
ITRN 503
Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy
ITRN 602
Global Financial Crises and Institutions
ITRN 603
Global Trade Relations
ITRN 701
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
ITRN 718
Global Economic and Human Development
ITRN 757
Business and Politics in Emerging Markets
ITRN 767
Political Economy and Integration in Latin America
PUAD 504
Managing in the International Arena: Theory and Practice
Total Credits 12

Global Education

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
EDUC 537
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners
EDUC 606
Education and Culture
EDUC 671
Schools and Culture in the Future
EDEP 550
Theories of Learning and Cognition
EDEP 650
High-Stakes Assessment and Accountability Systems
EDEP 653
Culture and Intelligence
Seminar in Global Culture
Society and Education
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Governance and Public Management

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control
GOVT 540
International Relations
GOVT 631
Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions
GOVT 641
Global Governance
GOVT 741
Advanced Seminar in International Politics
GOVT 742
International Negotiation
ITRN 701
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
ITRN 761
European Political and Economic Union
PUAD 636
The NGO: Policy and Management
PUAD 701
Cross-Cultural and Ethical Dimensions of International Management
PUBP 502
Governance and Policy Processes
PUBP 700
Theory and Practice in Public Policy
PUBP 783
Global Governance
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Health

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Intercultural Health and Risk Communication
GCH 543
Global Health
GCH 560
Environmental Health
GCH 571
HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions
GCH 602
Global Health Issues Related to Violence
GCH 611
Health Program Planning and Evaluation
GCH 622
Mental Health: A Global Perspective
GCH 628
Refugee Health
GCH 640
Global Infectious Diseases
GCH 645
U.S. and Global Public Health Systems
GGS 540
Health Geography
GGS 581
World Food and Population
HAP 609
Comparative International Health Systems
NUTR 630
Global Nutrition
PUBP 757
Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice
PUBP 758
Global Threats and Medical Policies
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Media and Information Technology

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Communication in International Organizations
Theories of Public Relations
ITRN 604
International Trade and Technology
ITRN 701
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
ITRN 742
Technology Policy and International Strategies
PUBP 503
Culture, Organization, and Technology
PUBP 726
Telecommunications Policy
PUBP 736
International Migration and Public Policy
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Global Population and Geography

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Environmental Anthropology
GGS 505
Transportation Geography
GGS 533
Issues in Regional Geography
GGS 540
Health Geography
GGS 550
Geospatial Science Fundamentals
GGS 581
World Food and Population
GGS 590
Selected Topics in Geography
GGS 631
Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions
PUBP 754
Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for Public Policy
SOCW 653
Immigration Policy
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits 12

Capstone Seminar

GLOA 720 Capstone Research Seminar 3
Total Credits 3
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