Global Politics

Department Affiliation: History and Political Science

Global Politics with a concentration available in Global Women's Studies

Major Description:
The Global Politics major has been developed within the Mount's social justice framework, with a solid basis in both global context and academic theory. The goal of the major is to foster students who are both engaged in the world at large and academically competitive. Global Politics majors will have a strong background in issues and theory in Global Politics, will participate in international learning experiences and develop research skills in preparation for graduate school as well as a wide array of careers with global emphases. Global Politics majors who opt for the Global Women’s Studies concentration will be well grounded in their knowledge of feminist theory at its connections to global politics and development policies. The major serves the Mount’s mission of graduating students who are "committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments, and the world." (Mount St. Mary’s College Mission Statement)

Global Politics course requirements total: 39 units

B.A. Global Politics



World Politics


*Need a 3.0 in lower division prerequisite to continue to upper division coursework.

Language: Global Politics majors are required to take one semester of language above the Mount general studies requirement. (3 units)


Upper division requirements from Sections A, B and C (33 units)

Section A: (9 units)


International Relations Theory



Globalization & Interdependence



Humanitarian Intervention


GLP 193

Current Topics in Globalization



International Organizations



Refugees & International Migration


Section B:** (12 units)

POL 143

Terrorism & Political Violence


POL 154

U.S./Mexican Relations


POL 125

U.S. Foreign Policy


POL 147

Women and Development


POL 132

Political and Economic Development 


POL 137

Ethnic Conflict and Civil War 


POL 138

International Law 


POL 122

Middle East Politics 


POL 123

African Politics 


POL 124

Latin American Politics


POL 144

Politics of Europe & European Union 


POL 145

Southeast Asian Politics


POL 152A

Politics of Modern Japan


POL 152B

Politics of Modern China


POL 126

Politics of the Former Soviet Union


POL 127

Politics of the Global Environment


POL 138

International Law


HIS 112

World Economic History


HIS 25

Cultural and Historical Geography





CUL 107

Theory and Practice of Culture


RST 161

World Religions


PHI 180

Chinese Philosophy


**Students who opt for Study Abroad can apply 3-6 units taken at host institution towards Section B. Study Abroad units must be pre-approved by Global Politics Advisor. One course (or 3 units) in Section B must be taken in the Political or History department.

Section C: (12 units)

POL 101

Research Methods


GLP 197

Global Politics Research Seminar


GLP 199A

Global Politics: Learning in Global Context


GLP 199B

Senior Project: Independent Research Project


Global Women's Studies Concentration Only

Students with a Global Women's Studies Concentration must complete: Total 39 units

  • Prerequisites for Global Studies (POL 2, 3 units)
  • One language course beyond the MSMC general studies requirement (3 units)
  • Section A from Global Studies (9 units)
  • Section C** from Global Studies (see above) must be completed with a focus on Women Studies. (12 units)
  • Section D as listed below (12 units)

**Paper in Global Research Methods, international experiential learning component and senior project must focus on an issue related to women.

Section D: (6 units)

GLP /POL 147

Women & Development



Global History of Women's Movements



History of Political Feminist Theory



Gender in a Global Context



Current Topics in Women's Studies


Plus 6 units from the following list of electives:****

POL 102

Women & the Law


HIS 107

History of Women in the Middle Ages: Finding a Voice


HIS 192

Women of Color in the US


CUL 117

Women's Literature in Translation


ENG 123

Women's Voices in Literature


RST 135

Women & Christianity


RST 23

Spiritual Journeys of Women


BUS 140

Women's Issues in Business & Economics


****6 units of ‘electives’ may be transferred from Study Abroad host institution if the student chooses the Study Abroad option from Learning in a Global Context.

Global Politics Courses

GLP 109 Global History of Women's Movements (3)

This course will examine the history of women's movements from a global perspective. (See HIS 109)

GLP 110 History of Political Feminist Theory (3)

This course will explore the history of political feminist theory. (See HIS 110)

GLP 128 Globalization and Interdependence (3)

An assessment of globalization and interdependence, and the challenges they pose to the governments of nation-states since the end of World War II. Topics include the global economy and trade; the challenges to national cultural identities and sovereignty; the role of technological advancements; and integration. (See POL 128)

GLP 131 International Relations Theory (3)

A general survey of the institutions, considerations, and ideologies involved in the formation and execution of foreign relations within a world context. Special attention is placed upon international agencies such as the United Nations and non-governmental organizations. GS-IIIG (See POL 131)

GLP 135 International Organizations (0-3)

Examines the various ways in which international organizations are used to promote the domestic and global interests of international actors. Particular emphasis is placed on promotion and maintenance of world order. GS-IB, IIIG (See POL 135)

GLP 147 Women and Development (3)

Analyzes the impact of development policies on women in developing countries. Topics include the status of women in traditional societies, the gendered allocation of resources, and the informal economy. (See POL 147)

GLP 148 Refugees and International Migration (3)

Examines the politics of mass migration across state borders or within nation-states. Cases studied include forced relocation, refugees of war, and different forms of legal and illegal immigration including the international trafficking of persons. (See POL 148)

GLP 151 Humanitarian Intervention (3)

An analysis of the issues that provoke humanitarian concerns such as civil strife, poverty, epidemics and famine. The development of norms of humanitarian intervention will be a focus of this course. (See POL 151)

GLP 187 Gender in a Global Context (3)

This course will examine gender issues, politics and movements across time and regions. (See HIS 187)

GLP 193 Current Topics in Globalization (3)

This is a survey course designed to cover current issues and themes in the globalization debate.

GLP 194 Current Topics in Women's Studies (3)

This is an upper division course designed to explore new issues and debates in global women's studies. (See HIS 194)

GLP 197 Global Politics Research Seminar (3)

Global Politics Research Seminar. Focus of this upper division research methods course is on qualitative research skills (including interview techniques, field work, the comparative method).

GLP 199A Global Politics: Learning in Global Context (3)

Students are required to complete study abroad/experiential learning trip/internship and complete a research paper analyzing their experience within the framework of the their academic coursework.

Learning in a Global Context:

  • Learning in a Global Context must be either a Study Abroad experience, a local or national internship, or an international experiential trip abroad.
  • All internships must be for a group/organization/government office with some focus on a global issue or topic.
  • All study abroad/internships/course trips or international experiential trips must be pre-approved by the director of the Global Studies major advisor.
  • Approved course trips currently include: 1) US/Mexican Relations Border Trip; 2) Global Brigades/ Ghana, Honduras, Panama
  • Study abroad/exchange programs though Mount St Mary's College are approved for the Learning in a Global Context course credit. If students choose to transfer courses from host institution for the Global Politics major, pre-approval by Global Politics Advisor is required.

GLP 199B Senior Project: Independent Research Project (3)

Senior project course designed with the goal of creating interest in research related fields, deepening critical thinking skills, demonstrating an mastery of the theoretical approaches in the field, and connecting theory and policy. This is a capstone semester.