Global Studies Minor Requirements
The building blocks of the GSM are:
- A cross-cultural exploration experience achieved through one of the following:
- Study abroad
- Residency in Binghamton for international students
- Online research and virtual “fieldwork” about a target culture
- Language study and use
- Global Studies course sequence and coursework from Binghamton University’s internationalized curriculum
We will help you select which courses you can use to fulfill the requirements from the following categories:
- A: Language study/use (3-credits)
Can be satisfied by 3 credits from:
- A foreign language course at the intermediate level (200+) beyond your GenEd requirement, OR
- A second foreign language at the 100+ level, OR
- An ELI course (only for international students who have the Gen Ed foreign language requirement waived), OR
- LxC (Languages across the Curriculum) courses
- B: Global/International/Cross-Cultural Content (8-credits)
These courses must be beyond the 8-credit General Education Creating a Global Vision requirement (which includes 4-credits of Global Interdepencies ‘G’ and 4-credits of Pluralism in the US ‘P’ courses). The principal content of these non-language courses must be devoted to cross-cultural, international and/or global issues or areas.
Courses that count in this category are identified by the GSM program and can come from a wide variety of disciplines and schools - in addition to those offered by Harpur College. No more than one course in this category may be at the 100 level.
- C: Additional Global/International Content and/or Language study/use (6 - 8 credits)
These credits must be at the 200-level or above.
- D. Global Studies Sequence and Capstone-Related Coursework
D1: 390 - Introduction to Global Studies (1-credit)
A one-credit online course (asynchronous; P/F) taken during the intersession prior to the first semester as a GSM minor. Students must first declare the GSM in order to take GLST 390 and 392.
D2: 392 – Cross-cultural research methods (1-credit)
A one-credit online course (asynchronous; P/F) that introduces students to a variety of relevant research methods and the importance of intercultural competence. As an interdisciplinary program, students will combine methodological approaches relevant to their major(s) to aid in developing a Capstone project.
D3: Globally-Connected/Capstone-Related Focus course (3 - 4 credits)
- Students who are able to go on study abroad programs must enroll in a program abroad with a minimum duration of four weeks, and while abroad, students must complete at least one 3- or 4-credit course to satisfy this requirement.*
- International students will use an applicable course from their studies at Binghamton University to fulfill this requirement.
- Students who are not able to go abroad may complete a 3- or 4-credit course at Binghamton University focused on a host country they would have liked to have studied abroad in. Additionally, a course focusing on global aspects connected to a student’s existing major or to their potential GLST Capstone Project may also qualify.
* Students may use other courses taken abroad to fulfill a portion of requirements A, B or C above. No more than nine credits taken abroad may be credited toward the minimum of 24 credits required for the Global Studies Minor.
D4: 490A – Global Studies Capstone Seminar (2 or 4 credits)
A two-credit course which is the culmination of the Global Studies sequence and is taken the semester immediately following GLST 392. The central focus of this course is a signature research Capstone project that will build on the work you have accomplished in GLST 390/392. GLST 490 is only open to enrolled GSM minors. GLST 490B can be taken for 4-credits with permission of the department only.