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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