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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Studies Major, BA – Global Society and Culture Concentration

Paul K. Gellert, Sociology

The Global Studies major focuses on understanding connections between different parts of the world. The Society and Culture concentration has a humanist orientation and requires more coursework in the humanities than the social sciences. Globalization, or the trans-national exchange of investments, commodities, people, politics, technologies, and cultures, is both a characteristic of the contemporary world and the culmination of large-scale, long-term social change. Although globalization, at times, seems dominated by new economic and political formations more powerful than the traditional nation-state, it has also mobilized new expressions of local and transnational discontent and resistance.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, global studies curriculum helps students understand the implications of global change, allowing the university community to confront what is occurring in our immediate locale by examining what is going on elsewhere. Bringing together faculty and students from diverse perspectives creates an interdisciplinary understanding of the disruption and integration resulting from changing configurations of nations, global processes, and identities.

College Requirements

Arts and Sciences  

Major Requirements

The major requires 31-32 credit hours in the form of ten courses. No course may be counted toward more than one of the following categories. No more than 3 credit hours may be taken under the 300-level. Any courses taken to fulfill a core requirement cannot be used to fulfill a regional studies or methods/foreign language requirement. A student may choose to concentrate in global society and culture or global politics and economy, or language, politics, and culture. Three hours of independent study or off-campus study can be used to substitute for a core course. Courses are to be distributed as follows:

A. Select five courses: Global society and culture

B. Select two courses: Global Politics and Economy courses

C. Select two regional studies courses:

Although not required, Global Studies faculty highly recommend that students choose clusters of courses in a particular region to deepen their knowledge. Please consult your advisor for assistance in course selection

LACS + diasporas in the Americas

D. Select one course from Option I or II:

Option II: Advanced language options

 Upper-Division Modern Foreign Language (in Chinese, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Russian, or Arabic)


Additional courses not listed above may be petitioned for credit upon successful completion with the Director of Global Studies when the course content is consistent with the objectives of the major.


* Meets Volunteer Core Requirements .