Aug 05, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Global Studies

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Bachelor of Arts 

Global Studies at Providence College offers a transdisciplinary exploration of globalization and its effects upon communities, environmental sustainability, and the dignity of all living things. By emphasizing collaborative learning, participatory research, community engagement, activism, and cross-cultural competency, the major cultivates global citizens who think intentionally and are equipped to respond to the challenges of a diverse, complex, and globalized world.

Faculty in Global Studies support students in developing critical consciousness so they can question historical and social positions, and view the world through a problem- posing lens. The Freirean-inspired pedagogical approach the major adopts invites faculty and students to think of systems of power and the large-scale socioeconomic and political implications that their actions have across national and international boundaries, to recognize that societies can be transformed, and to understand the kind of agency they can exercise to enact change.

The Global Studies curriculum requires initiative on the part of each student to think carefully about what they aspire to gain from their college experience and to develop a Learning Plan for achieving it. Majors are expected to document, curate, and reflect on their work throughout their career in an electronic portfolio platform. The goal of the ePortfolio is to demonstrate progress made over the years on the main Global Studies pillars: i) global awareness; ii) cultural competency; iii) language proficiency, and; iv) civic engagement.

Major Requirments:

GST 202 - Globalization and Social Change 
GST 290 - Global Engagement  (1 credit)
Two (2) Upper-Level Global Studies Electives

  • Four Concentration courses focused on global topics, region, language, and/or culture tailored around individual student interests and approved by student advisor and chairperson. At least one (1) of these courses should be a GST designated course at 300-level or above from Providence College.
  • Political Science Elective (Global Focus)
  • Economics Elective (Macroeconomics Focus)
  • Language Competency

Living in a global community calls for an appreciation and understanding of foreign languages and cultures. Students will demonstrate language proficiency by successful completion of

  • Six (6) credits at the advanced level in a commonly taught language (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish);
  • Six (6) credits at the beginner or intermediate levels in a less commonly taught language;
  • Six (6) credits in the study of Sign Language.

Students whose native language is other than English demonstrate foreign language proficiency through the course of their undergraduate studies at Providence College. Multilingual students are encouraged but not required to pursue additional foreign language study at the College or abroad.

Providence College is a member of the AICU consortium and students interested in languages not taught at the College can enroll in language courses in the associated institutions (

Study Abroad/Study Away

It is critical for global studies students to deepen their understanding of cultural and global issues by participating in a study abroad/study away cultural immersion experience. Majors are thus required to study abroad/study away for a full academic year or a semester with an approved program through the Center for Global Education. Because of our commitment to engaged learning, an internship, service-learning course, and/or community-based action research project is an integral component of each of the approved Global Studies Recognized Study Abroad/Study Away Programs. Some students may apply to fulfill this requirement over the summer at an approved study abroad/study away program.

Capstone Seminar and Senior Thesis:

  and   is an interdisciplinary, two-semester course for global studies majors focused on synthesizing and deepening learning about global citizenship and globalization over the past three years. In the first semester, students will synthesize the work of earlier courses and develop an engaged research proposal, including a literature review. The second semester will be devoted to a collaborative engagement project.

Please Note:

Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources   section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online. 

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