Students without a relevant minor or double major must complete a concentration.
Students with a relevant double major may elect a concentration as well. Some combinations may appear silly to an employer or grad school—for example a double major with econ and a concentration in international economic policy. Others, however, may showcase a competency—perhaps a double of economics/global studies with a concentration in Asia.
For an area concentration your study abroad and language must correlate with the concentration where possible. (e.g.: Asia, Chinese but for Africa there is no definitive language correlate.)
Seminars are designated as appropriate to concentrations.
Other seminars may count if the paper is tailored to your concentration; after the approval of the instructor, this paper topic must be submitted to the program director. Students cannot graduate unless the topic of their paper correlates directly with the subject of their concentration. For example, Razsa’s Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination is designated at Human Rights and International Relations; Yoder’s Memory and Politics might be used for the Latin American concentration if the paper were to be written on the disappeared in Argentina.
A seminar may be replaced with a 4 credit independent study (or honors). Some 200 level seminar like classes (for example Franko EC 214 or EC 273) may be extended into a seminar by adding a 2 credit additional paper with permission of the instructor and Global Studies director.
Overlap between classes for your concentration and courses fulfilling either the policy or area studies requirements is permitted—indeed encouraged. The purpose of the concentration is to bring focus to your major.
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