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

Prerequisite*

POL 2

World Politics

(3)

*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)

PLUS

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

Section A: (9 units)

GLP/POL 131

International Relations Theory

(3)

GLP/POL 128

Globalization & Interdependence

(3)

GLP/POL 151

Humanitarian Intervention

(3)

GLP 193

Current Topics in Globalization

(3)

GLP/POL 135

International Organizations

(0-3)

GLP/POL 148

Refugees & International Migration

(3)

Section B:** (12 units)

POL 143

Terrorism & Political Violence

(3)

POL 154

U.S./Mexican Relations

(3)

POL 125

U.S. Foreign Policy

(3)

POL 147

Women and Development

(3)

POL 132

Political and Economic Development 

(3)

POL 137

Ethnic Conflict and Civil War 

(3)

POL 138

International Law 

(3)

POL 122

Middle East Politics 

(3)

POL 123

African Politics 

(3)

POL 124

Latin American Politics

(3)

POL 144

Politics of Europe & European Union 

(3)

POL 145

Southeast Asian Politics

(3)

POL 152A

Politics of Modern Japan

(3)

POL 152B

Politics of Modern China

(3)

POL 126

Politics of the Former Soviet Union

(3)

POL 127

Politics of the Global Environment

(3)

POL 138

International Law

(3)

HIS 112

World Economic History

(3)

HIS 25

Cultural and Historical Geography

(3)

ECO 2

Macroeconomics

(3)

CUL 107

Theory and Practice of Culture

(3)

RST 161

World Religions

(3)

PHI 180

Chinese Philosophy

(3)

**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

(3)

GLP 197

Global Politics Research Seminar

(3)

GLP 199A

Global Politics: Learning in Global Context

(3)

GLP 199B

Senior Project: Independent Research Project

(3)

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

(3)

GLP/HIS 109

Global History of Women's Movements

(3)

GLP/HIS 110

History of Political Feminist Theory

(3)

GLP/HIS 187

Gender in a Global Context

(3)

GLP/HIS 194

Current Topics in Women's Studies

(3)


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

POL 102

Women & the Law

(3)

HIS 107

History of Women in the Middle Ages: Finding a Voice

(3)

HIS 192

Women of Color in the US

(3)

CUL 117

Women's Literature in Translation

(3)

ENG 123

Women's Voices in Literature

(3)

RST 135

Women & Christianity

(3)

RST 23

Spiritual Journeys of Women

(3)

BUS 140

Women's Issues in Business & Economics

(3)

****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.