Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Global Affairs

The master of arts in global affairs 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 and then select a specialization. The possible specializations include courses offered by 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 international business.

This has been designated a Green Leaf program.  For further information, please go to Green Leaf Programs and Courses.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in any bachelor's program.  See Bachelor's Degree (any)/Global Affairs, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

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 (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students who wish to pursue study abroad in addition to the required core course GLOA 710 must receive prior approval and may not use more than 3 credits earned while abroad towards their specialization. Students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average with no more than two grades below B.  Students pursuing this degree must complete 30 credits distributed as follows: 

Five core courses (15 credits)

GLOA 600 - Global Competencies Credits: 3

GLOA 605 - Interdisciplinary Research Methods Credits: 3

GLOA 610 - Economic Globalization and Development Credits: 3

GLOA 620 - Human Systems Credits: 3

GLOA 710 - Seminar Abroad Credits: 3

One capstone seminar (3 credits):

GLOA 720 - Capstone Research Seminar Credits: 3

Specialization (12 credits)

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

Choose 12 credits from:

BIOD 610 - Advanced Topics in Global Health Security Credits: 1-4(minimum of 3 credits)

BIOD 621 - Ethics and International Security Credits: 3

BIOD 705 - Intelligence: Theory and Practice Credits: 3

BIOD 706 - Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security Credits: 3

BIOD 709 - Nonproliferation and Arms Control Credits: 3

BIOD 722 - Examining Terrorist Groups Credits: 3

BIOD 725 - Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction Credits: 3

CONF 501 - Introduction to Conflict Analysis and ResolutionCredits: 3

CONF 652 - Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization Contexts Credits: 3

CONF 653 - World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution Credits: 3

CONF 658 - Diversity and Difference in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CONF 659 - Leadership in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Credits: 3

CONF 720 - Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution Credits: 1-3

CONF 736 - Globalization and International Conflict Credits: 3

CONF 746 - Peace Building Credits: 3

GOVT 541 - Introduction to Critical Analysis and Strategic Response to Terrorism Credits: 3

GOVT 640 - Strategic Responses to Terrorism: Coordinated Decision Making Credits: 3

GOVT 742 - International Negotiation Credits: 3

GOVT 745 - International Security Credits: 3

PUAD 634 - Management of International Security Credits: 3

PUBP 650 - International Conflict and Crisis Response Credits: 3

PUBP 651 - Peace and Stabilization Operations Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Global Culture and Society

Choose 12 credits from:

ANTH 580 - Environmental Anthropology Credits: 3

ANTH 635 - Regional Ethnography Credits: 3

ANTH 655 - Nationalism, Transnationalism, and States: Local and Global Perspectives Credits: 3

ANTH 721 - Culture, Power, and Conflict Credits: 3

CONF 707 - Gender and Violence Credits: 3

CONF 720 - Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution Credits: 3

CONF 753 - Post-Conflict Contexts: Between Global and Local Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

GOVT 530 - Comparative Politics Credits: 3

GOVT 641 - Global Governance Credits: 3

GOVT 725 - Democratic Theory Credits: 3

GOVT 739 - Issues in Comparative and International Politics Credits: 3

HIST 510 - Approaches to Modern World History Credits: 3

HIST 535 - Problems in Comparative World History Credits: 3

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 1-6

MUSI 640 - Topics in World Musics Credits: 3

RELI 632 - World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue Credits: 3

RELI 633 - Ethical Perspectives of World Religions Credits: 3

RELI 642 - Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture Credits: 3

SOAN 510 - Culture and Globalization Credits: 3

SOCI 623 - Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives Credits: 3

SPMT 551 - Sport in the Global Marketplace Credits: 3

WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

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.

Choose 12 credits from:

CONF 732 - Conflict in Development Credits: 3

ECON 611 - Microeconomic Theory Credits: 3

ECON 612 - Microeconomic Theory II Credits: 3

ECON 615 - Macroeconomic Theory Credits: 3

ECON 676 - Comparative Economic Systems Credits: 3

EVPP 642 - Environmental Policy Credits: 3

GOVT 743 - International Political Economy Credits: 3

ITRN 500 - Global Political Economy Credits: 1-4

ITRN 503 - Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy Credits: 1-4

ITRN 602 - Global Financial Crises and Institutions Credits: 3

ITRN 603 - Global Trade Relations Credits: 3

ITRN 701 - Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy Credits: 1-3

ITRN 718 - Global Economic and Human Development Credits: 3

ITRN 757 - Business and Politics in Emerging Markets Credits: 3

ITRN 767 - Political Economy and Integration in Latin America Credits: 3

PUAD 504 - Managing in the International Arena: Theory and Practice Credits: 3

Global Education

Choose 12 credits from:

EDUC 537 - Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners Credits: 3

EDUC 606 - Education and Culture Credits: 3

EDUC 670 - The Culture of Teaching Credits: 3

EDUC 671 - Schools and Culture in the Future Credits: 3

EDEP 550 - Theories of Learning and Cognition Credits: 3

EDEP 650 - High-Stakes Assessment and Accountability Systems Credits: 3

EDEP 653 - Culture and Intelligence Credits: 3

EDSE 612 - Special Needs Students in International Schools Credits: 3

ENGH 665 - Seminar in Global Culture Credits: 3

SOCI 845 - Society and Education Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Global Governance and Public Management

Choose 12 credits from:

BIOD 709 - Nonproliferation and Arms Control Credits: 3

GOVT 540 - International Relations Credits: 3

GOVT 631 - Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions Credits: 3

GOVT 641 - Global Governance Credits: 3

GOVT 741 - Advanced Seminar in International Politics Credits: 3

GOVT 742 - International Negotiation Credits: 3

ITRN 701 - Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy Credits: 1-3

ITRN 761 - European Political and Economic Union Credits: 3

PUAD 636 - The NGO: Policy and Management Credits: 3

PUAD 701 - Cross-Cultural and Ethical Dimensions of International Management Credits: 3

PUBP 502 - Governance and Policy Processes Credits: 1-4

PUBP 700 - Theory and Practice in Public Policy Credits: 1-4

PUBP 783 - Global Governance Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Global Health

Choose 12 credits from:

COMM 705 - Intercultural Health and Risk Communication Credits: 3

GCH 543 - Global Health Credits: 3

GCH 560 - Environmental Health Credits: 3

GCH 571 - HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions Credits: 3

GCH 602 - Global Health Issues Related to Violence Credits: 3

GCH 611 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation Credits: 3

GCH 622 - Mental Health: A Global Perspective Credits: 3

GCH 628 - Refugee Health Credits: 3

GCH 640 - Global Infectious Diseases Credits: 3

GCH 645 - U.S. and Global Public Health Systems Credits: 3

GGS 540 - Health Geography Credits: 3

GGS 581 - World Food and Population Credits: 3

HAP 609 - Comparative International Health Systems Credits: 3

NUTR 630 - Global Nutrition Credits: 3

PUBP 757 - Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice Credits: 3

PUBP 758 - Global Threats and Medical Policies Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Global Media and Information Technology

Choose 12 credits from:

COMM 506 - Communication in International Organizations Credits: 3

COMM 630 - Theories of Public Relations Credits: 3

ITRN 604 - International Trade and Technology Credits: 3

ITRN 701 - Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy Credits: 1-3

ITRN 742 - Technology Policy and International Strategies Credits: 3

PUBP 503 - Culture, Organization, and Technology Credits: 1-4

PUBP 726 - Telecommunications Policy Credits: 3

PUBP 736 - International Migration and Public Policy Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Global Population and Geography

Choose 12 credits from:

ANTH 580 - Environmental Anthropology Credits: 3

GGS 505 - Transportation Geography Credits: 3

GGS 533 - Issues in Regional Geography Credits: 1-6

GGS 540 - Health Geography Credits: 3

GGS 550 - Geospatial Science Fundamentals Credits: 3

GGS 581 - World Food and Population Credits: 3

GGS 590 - Selected Topics in Geography Credits: 1-3

GGS 631 - Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment InteractionsCredits: 3

PUBP 754 - Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for Public Policy Credits: 3

SOCW 653 - Immigration Policy Credits: 3

or other course approved by the program director

Total: 30 credits

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