Global studies minor

Global Studies Minor

The Global Studies Minor (GSM) is multi-disciplinary program where you can investigate your cross-cultural experiences and better understand international, regional and global issues. The GSM is open to all undergraduate students who want to increase their intercultural competencies and add a global dimension to their program of study.

The building blocks of the GSM are:

  1. A cross-cultural immersion experience (a study-abroad experience, or if you're an international student at Binghamton University, your time on campus can qualify for this portion of the minor)

  2. Language study and use

  3. Coursework from Binghamton University's internationalized curriculum

Students may use the GSM to help steer their choice of electives; provide a global studies foundation within their major; or expand their future options on the basis of acquired international knowledge, intercultural proficiency and global awareness.

Specifically, GSM courses foster a self-critical perspective on the study abroad/intercultural experience; promote students' reflective-analysis so they may better understand their own cultural values and behaviors, and the various ways these may be interpreted by members of other cultures; connect students' intercultural experiences abroad to their academic areas of expertise; and encourage investigation into the ways scholarship has been used to achieve understandings of international, regional and global issues.

Our courses produce outstanding discussions and research that help students understand their cross-cultural immersion experiences as fertile ground for creative thinking. Students examine the intercultural dimensions of their major, and sharpen their unique international perspective.

Because the global studies minor builds upon the University's existing "Global Interdependencies" and language requirements, students need only 24 credits beyond the general education requirements. Some or most of these credits may also count toward other general education requirements or for a given student's major(s) and other minor(s).

Why "global studies?"

The increasing interdependencies among societies around the world are indisputable. As a society, we are increasingly aware of the ways global trends and processes reach beyond the confines of local, regional, national, and even international boundaries. Binghamton University's global studies minor offers students important academic preparation for recognizing and exploring the ways interrelated processes fit with the challenges of the 21st century. The global studies minor has a flexible curriculum aimed at preparing global graduates for entry into a diversified world full of complex challenges and opportunities.

Planning your global path

We will help you select your courses from the following:

  • A: Foreign Language Study and Use – 1 course beyond the GenEd foreign language requirement (3 credits)

  • B: Knowledge of Global and International Content – 2 non-language courses, at least one at the 200+ level (8 credits)

  • C: Any combination from A or B above: Language Study and Use, or Global/International Content courses (6-8 credits)

  • D1: GLST 390 (Intro to Cross-Cultural Experiences) and GLST 392 (Cross-Cultural Immersion) online course (1 credit each)

  • D2: Study Abroad/International Internship/Research Abroad Experience - (a minimum of 3 credits or a four-week program. International students meet by residence at BU or study abroad)

  • D3: GLST 490 A/B - capstone seminar (2/4 credits)

Select Capstone Projects from GLST 490

Additional Information

Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that this may impede your ability to study abroad and, subsequently, may prevent you from completing the Global Studies Minor. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the office of International Education and Global Initiatives.

Contact Information

James Hundley, Program Coordinator
Phone: (607) 777-4568
Office Location: LT 315

Fall 2019 Walk-in Office Hours

  • Monday, 9:30-12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 1:30-4:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 9:30-12:30 pm
  • Thursday, 9:30-12:30 pm
  • Friday, 9:30-12:30 pm

By Appointment