Courses of Study

Departments and Programs


View All Departments and Programs

Majors and Minors


View All Majors and Minors

GLOBAL STUDIES

 

REQUIREMENTS +

Requirements for the Major in Global Studies

Up to 14 courses, including the five courses that constitute the core curriculum; three courses focusing on cultures and places; three courses related to themes in global studies; and one senior seminar or appropriate independent study (Global Studies 491 or 492). At least one seminar or senior project must be completed during the senior year as the capstone experience. Majors must complete a concentration within the major unless they have a double major or minor in anthropology, Chinese, East Asian studies, economics, environmental studies, French studies, German studies, government, history, Italian, Japanese, Latin American studies, Russian, or Spanish. Majors also must complete the equivalent of two courses beyond the introductory (usually through 131) level in a modern foreign language. Students are encouraged to develop language skills relevant to their regional specialization. At least one semester of foreign study is required, although under exceptional circumstances students with extensive overseas experience can petition the director and the advisory committee to be exempted. A student must receive a grade of C- or better for a course to count toward the major. No courses listed for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Note: Students must have at least a 2.7 grade point average by the end of the sophomore year to be eligible for foreign study. Students who do not meet this minimum requirement will not be able to retain their global studies major.

Note to junior transfer students: The College requires that all students spend at least four semesters in residence at Colby. Therefore, to satisfy the semester-abroad requirement for the major, junior transfer students must either stay for a fifth semester or enroll in a summer study-abroad program for at least nine credits (unless the study-abroad requirement has been met in some other way).

Courses Composing the Core Curriculum

Anthropology 112, Economics 133 and 134, Government 131, and History 276.

Courses Approved to Fulfill the Cultures and Places Component

Note that (a) at least two courses must be drawn from the same regional grouping and one course from a different region, and (b) courses must be drawn from at least two disciplines.

Africa:

Anthropology 237 Ethnographies of Africa
341 Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora 

398 Religion and Social Change in Contemporary America
French 238 Introduction to the Francophone World: Africa
361 Francophone Cultures and Literatures of the Indian Ocean
372 France and Africa
History 364 Environmental and Health History in Africa



Asia:

Anthropology 239 Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies
339 Asian Pacific Modernities
Art 273 The Arts of China
East Asian Studies 152 Introduction to East Asia from the 18th Century to Modern Times
231 The Chinese Novel: Vignettes of Life in Imperial China
240 Japanese Animation: Sensitivity to Differences
251 Gender Politics in Chinese Drama and Film
252 Hell on Earth? Chinese Writers on Modern Chinese Society
257 From Communism to Consumerism
261 Japanese Language and Culture
298A Politics of Satire and Humor in Modern China
332 Masterpieces: Modern Japanese Novels
353 Globalization and Human Rights in China
Economics 298 The Economic Rise and Future of China
Government 256 Conflict in East Asia
355 Winners and Losers in Chinese Politics
356 Winners and Losers in Japanese Politics
History 250 History of Modern China

298B Introduction to Korean History and Culture
Religious Studies 117 Passage to India: India and the Western Imagination
211 Religions of India
212 Religions of China, Japan, and Tibet
312 South Asian Women at the Crossroads: Tradition and Modernity
317 Sikhism: Scripture, Sacred Music, and Art

319 Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Religions Through Film

Europe and Russia:

French 232 Cultural History of France
233 Contemporary France
236 Introduction to the Francophone World: The Americas
238 Introduction to the Francophone World: Africa
252 Provocative Texts: Engaging the World
332 Voices of Dissent in Early Modern France
343 Decoding French and Francophone News
351 Minority Issues and Social Change in Francophone North America
354 Parisian Encounters: Great Loves, Grand Passions
358 Passionate Discontent: The 19th-Century Epidemic
372 France and Africa
376 Shadows of the Past: Remembering Vichy France and the Holocaust
378 French Revolution: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death
398A French Cinema: The Classics
493 Seminar (when appropriate)
German 231 Introduction to German Studies
234 German Culture Through Film
237 The German Fairy Tale in Popular Culture
368 Sex, Madness, and Transgression
397 Loose Canons
Global Studies 451 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the State in Europe
Government 243 Politics of Subnational Culture and Identity in Europe
259 European Politics
266 German Politics
354The European Union
359 Political Ideologies and Revolutionary Movements in Europe
History 112 A Survey of Modern Europe
224 Germany and Europe, 1871-1945
227 The Russian Empire: Russia Looks to the West, 1613-1905
228 The Russian Empire: Soviet History and 20th-Century Revolutions
321 The First World War
322 Europe and the Second World War
327 Daily Life Under Stalin
421 Debating the Nazi Past
445 Nuclear Madness
Italian 262 Outsiders, Losers, Rejects: Topics in Italian Cultural Studies
Religious Studies 258 Religion and Literature in Modern Ireland
Russian 231 Topics in 19th-Century Russian Literature
232 Topics in 20th-Century Russian Literature
237 Gamblers, Madmen, and Murderers
346 20th-Century Russian Poetry
425 20th-Century Short Works
426 The 19th-Century Russian Novel
427 Re-Imaging Russia: Cinema and Russian Society 1986-2009
428 The 20th-Century Russian Novel
Spanish 266 Language of Spanish Cinema
351 Ideology and Ethics in Spanish Golden Age Literature
352 Don Quijote
371 The Colonial Experience: European and Amerindian Responses

397A Good Wife: Politics of Marriage in Early Modern Spanish

397B The Diasporic Imagination: Cubans Beyond Cuba

398 Censorship and Comedy in Spain


Latin America:

Anthropology 231 Caribbean Cultures
297B Latin American Ethnographies
Economics 214 Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America
French  
 236 Introduction to the Francophone World: The Americas
Government 253 Latin American Politics
297 Mexican Politics
335 United States-Latin American Relations
Latin American Studies 173 History of Latin America
174 Introduction to Latin American Studies

274 Race, Religion, and Frontiers in Iberian-American Colonization

275 Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America

277 History of the Maya from 200 B.C.

298 History of the Southern Cone

473 Seminar: Historical Roots of Violence in Modern Latin America
Spanish 265 The Short Novel in Spanish America
266 Language of Spanish Cinema
273 Contemporary Spanish-American Short Story
354 Detectives and Spies: Forms of Popular Culture in Spanish-American Fiction
371 The Colonial Experience: European and Amerindian Responses


The Middle East:

Anthropology 246 Engaging Muslim Worlds

264 China in Transition: An Anthropological Account
Government 251 Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Accommodation
252 Politics of the Middle East
358 Comparative Arab Politics
History 184 History of the Modern Middle East
285 Foundation of Islam
381 Women and Gender in Islam
389 History of Iran
Religious Studies
182 Jews and Judaism in the Modern World



Courses Approved to Fulfill the Theme Component

Courses must be drawn from at least two different disciplines.

Anthropology 236 Illegal Drugs, Law, and the State
244 Anthropology of Religion
256 Land, Food, Culture, and Power
258 Anthropology, History, Memory
297B Language in Culture and Society
298A Anthropological Perspective on Science and Religion
373 The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
397B Global Humanitarianism
Economics 214 Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America
231 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
271 International Economic Integration
273 Economics of Globalization
335 Topics in Economic Development
373 Open-Economy Macroeconomics
378 International Trade
471 Multinational Corporations
Environmental Studies 234 International Environmental Policy
340 Conflict, Negotiation, and Environmental Justice
346 Global Food Policy
366 The Environment and Human Health
Global Studies 211 Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective
352 Internationalism: From Socialism to the World Social Forum
437 Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination
451 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the State of Europe
Government 231 U.S. Foreign Policy: The Cold War
238 Politics of War Crime Tribunals
251 Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Accommodation
263 Democracy Assistance
331 Business and American Foreign Policy
332 International Organization
335 United States-Latin American Relations
344 Post-Communist Transformations
354 The European Union
357 Political Economy of Regionalism
359 Political Ideologies and Revolutionary Movements in Europe
432 U.S. Foreign Policy
435 Memory and Politics
451 Political Violence
454 Politics of Development: State, Society, and Markets
History 321 The First World War

322 Europe and the Second World War
347 America in Vietnam
364 Environmental and Health History of Africa
381 Women and Gender in Islam
394 Ecological History
446 Global Health History
447 The Cold War
STS 358 Climbing the Oil Peak
Women's, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies
298 Global Perspectives on Politicized Religion and Gender

397B Gender and Human Rights
 
Courses Approved to Fulfill the Seminar Requirement

*Note: The student must submit a copy of the title page of the seminar paper signed by the instructor to demonstrate appropriateness for concentrations.

Anthropology 462 Global Mobilities: Movements, Modernities, Citizenships
474 Anthropology as Public Engagement
Economics 471 Multinational Corporations
477 Currency, Banking, and Debt Crises
Environmental Studies 493 Environmental Policy Practicum (if topic is appropriate*)
Global Studies 437 Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination
451 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the State in Europe
Government 432 U.S. Foreign Policy
435 Memory and Politics
451 Political Violence
454 Politics of Development: State, Society, and Markets
History 414 History of Fear in Europe

421 Debating the Nazi Past
445 Nuclear Madness
446 Global Health History
447 The Cold War
461 History and Development of Islamic law
472 Daily Life under Krushchev
Latin American Studies
473 Historical Roots of Violence in Modern Latin America
497 Gender, Sexuality, and the Body in Latin American History
Languages Senior-level seminar (if topic is appropriate*)

Note: Students can petition the director of the program to count a seminar-style 200- or 300-level course toward the seminar requirement. In such cases, students also will be expected to enroll in Global Studies 491 or 492 (for two credits) to complete an original research paper. Approval of this option is at the discretion of the instructor and the advisory committee. Students may also pursue a four-credit independent research project (Global Studies 491 or 492) to fulfill the senior requirement. 

Note: Some courses are listed under two or three categories; with the exception of counting courses toward the concentration or a second major (if students have a relevant double major or minor [see above]), no single course can be used to satisfy more than one requirement. A minor must have four freestanding courses not required for the major. Students may petition to include other courses if the course has a substantial international component and is approved by the director and advisory committee.

Honors in Global Studies

An honors program is available in which the student can pursue a year-long independent research project that also fulfills the seminar requirement; successful completion of this project may entitle the student to graduate “With Honors in Global Studies.” To be eligible, a student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the major at the time of graduation and should submit a statement of intent to the program director by May 1 of the junior year. Students will register for a semester-long workshop on writing honors proposals in the fall; the final deadline for submission of a completed honors thesis proposal is the first Friday in October. See the Global Studies Handbook (online) for further information about procedures, including midyear evaluation and deadline for completion of the thesis.

Requirements for Concentrations

Majors are required to complete a concentration unless they have a double major or minor in anthropology, Chinese, East Asian studies, economics, environmental studies, French studies, German studies, government, history, Italian, Japanese, Latin American studies, Russian, or Spanish. Students may propose an independent concentration. Concentrations should be declared by the spring of the sophomore year. Students may elect more than one concentration.

Concentrations Focusing on Cultures and Places

A concentration focusing on cultures and places requires completion of the following:

  • Four courses dealing with a specific region or cultural grouping such as Francophone Africa. Courses appropriate to each region are listed above under the cultures and places component. At least two of those courses should be taken at Colby.  At least one of the four courses must be drawn from the social sciences and at least one other from the humanities. 
  • A coordination of cultural specialization with study abroad. For European concentrators, study abroad would normally take place in a non-English-speaking country.
  • A coordination of the language requirement with foreign study where Colby offers an appropriate program.
  • A seminar project or independent study in the senior year that addresses issues in the chosen area.

Thematic Concentrations

Four tracks have been established for thematic concentrations:

  • International Relations/Foreign Policy
  • International Economic Policy
  • Development Studies
  • Human Rights/Social Justice

Each track requires at least four courses designated as relevant to the respective field plus a seminar or an independent senior project relevant to the chosen specialization. Note that some of the courses appropriate for these concentrations are not designated as global studies courses. While they are relevant to their respective specialization, they do not count toward the requirements for the major or the grade point average in the major. These courses are designated by an asterisk (*).

International Relations/Foreign Policy

Students must take a relevant senior seminar (or senior paper) in addition to four of the courses listed below, two of which should be from the Government Department and one from the Economics Department. Introduction to American Government is strongly encouraged as an additional course.

Economics 273 Economics of Globalization
335 Topics in Economic Development
378 International Trade
Government 231 U.S. Foreign Policy: The Cold War
238 Politics of War Crime Tribunals
256 Conflict in East Asia
263 Democracy Assistance
332 International Organization
335 United States-Latin American Relations
354 The European Union
357 Political Economy of Regionalism
359 Political Ideologies and Revolutionary Movements in Europe
432 U.S. Foreign Policy
435 Memory and Politics
History 322 Europe and the Second World War
347 America in Vietnam
447 The Cold War
Latin American Studies
275 Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America


International Economic Policy

Students must take a relevant senior seminar (or senior paper) and take four of the courses listed below; one must be outside of economics and two must be in economics:

Anthropology 256 Land, Food, Culture, and Power
Economics 214 Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America
271 International Economic Integration
273 Economics of Globalization
335 Topics in Economic Development
373 Open-Economy Macroeconomics
378 International Trade
471 Multinational Corporations
Government 332 International Organization
354 The European Union
357 Political Economy of Regionalism
History 364 Environmental and Health History in Africa


Development Studies

Students must take a relevant senior seminar (or senior paper) and take four of the courses listed below, one of which is drawn from Anthropology, one from Economics 214, 292 or 294, and one outside of anthropology and economics:

Anthropology 256 Land, Food, Culture, and Power
264 China in Transition: An Anthropological Account
Economics  214 Economic Policy and Performance in Contemporary Latin America
298 The Economic Rise and Future of China
335 Topics in Economic Development
378 International Trade
471 Multinational Corporations
French
372 France and Africa
Global Studies
297 Global Health and Human Rights
352 Internationalism: From Socialism to the World Social
Government 252 Politics of the Middle East
253 Latin American Politics
263 Democracy Assistance
451 Political Violence
454 Politics of Development: State, Society, and Markets
History 364 Environmental and Health History in Africa
394 Ecological History
Sociology 274 Social Inequality and Power



Human Rights/Social Justice

Students must take a relevant senior seminar (or senior paper) and take four of the courses listed below, two of which are drawn from a core of Anthropology 236, Government 333, Global Studies 211, Sociology 274.

Anthropology
236 Illegal Drugs, Law, and the State
256 Land, Food, Culture, and Power
341 Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora

397B Global Humanitarianism
Environmental Studies
366 The Environment and Human Health
Global Studies 211 Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective
235 International Environmental Human Rights
297 Global Health and Human Rights
352 Internationalism: From Socialism to the World Social Forum
437 Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination
Government 272* Modern Political Theory
355 Winners and Losers in Chinese Politics
356 Winners and Losers in Japanese Politics
451 Political Violence
Sociology 252 Race, Ethnicity, and Society
274* Social Inequality and Power
Women’s, Gender, and
Sexuality Studies
298 Global Perspectives on Politicized Religion and Gender
311* Feminist Theory
397B Gender and Human Rights

Photo: Brian DiMento '10
 

Faculty

 

Colby College reserves the right in its sole judgement to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, academic schedule, fees, deposits, or any other matters in this catalogue.