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Global Studies is a broad-based study of processes and problems that transcend national boundaries, preparing students to become global thinkers and problem-solvers for the twenty first century. The Global Studies major includes the study of global historical processes that have made the world more interconnected as well as contemporary issues of global politics, violence, and security issues, global migrations, travel and social movements, global literature, arts and media, the global economic system of trade and finance, and issues of global health and disease, environmental change, and sustainability.

Students will be grounded in two disciplines, as well as a geographic area of study and a foreign language.

Lower-Division Requirements (4 courses)

  • GBST 001 -  Global History, Culture and Ideas
  • GBST 002 -  Global Socioeconomic and Political Processes
  • Two courses in World History

Upper-Division Requirements (7 courses)

  • Seven upper-division courses with global content in at least two different disciplines (i.e. 3 ANTH, 2 POSC, 1 PHIL courses, all with a global perspective) and two in a single geographic area (i.e. 2 courses that focus on Latin America, Europe or Asia)

Selection of Upper Division Courses

There are many new courses being added each year. If you think that an unlisted course is appropriate for the major, please see an advisor or contact the Director of Global Studies.

Global Studies Courses

GBST 100- Global Cities

This course introduces students to the study of urban environments from the perspective of recent work about links among cities. We will consider how the city and urban life have emerged in various parts of the world. This will lead us to study how colonialism, urban planning, migration and trade have influenced contemporary urban environments. Influential theories of space and the city will be presented in lectures, and "tested" by students through a series of hands-on experiments. We will study the city as representation and the city as lived experience through as series of projects in Riverside and Southern California, exploring the links between specific sites (schools, churches, community centers, shipping centers) and other cities. Special attention will be paid to the role of the media, transportation and human mobility in shaping how we conceive of contemporary urban space. This will lead us to consider how interconnections among cities have been theorized in terms of financial markets, commodity exchange, migration or culture and the implications of these different manners of conceiving the global city for how we might place the nation or think about regional or global governance.

GBST 110- Global Migrations and Movements

This course examines migration and mobility beginning with an exploration of early accounts of travel and migration. It then turns to the impact of colonial experiences on migratory trends and relates these to the development of global migration in the 19th and early twentieth centuries. Contemporary inter-regional migration will also be a topic of particular interest. It will look at how economic development and displacement of populations due to interstate and intrastate conflict has had consequences on patterns of migration. Issues of identity and subjectivity among migrants will be explored in relation to trends in literature, art and music that have been motivated by the work of migrants. Most scholars agree that migrations, economic exchanges, the movement of the mass media, and religious and cultural exchanges have to be looked at together. Throughout the course, we will explore recent theories of mobility and globalization to understand how globalization is reshaping borders, ideas of self, and the kinds of political and social entities and transnational issues that will be relevant to social research as well as political action in the future.

GBST 130- Management of International Water

Explores basic concepts of international water law. Examines how these concepts, as well as conflict definitions, negotiation principles, and cooperation principles, are applied to international waters. Includes analysis of several major international water cases utilizing contemporary literature.

GBST 169- From the Maghreb to the Middle East

This course serves as an introduction to the peoples and societies of North Africa and the Middle East. Following the path of the great traveler Ibn Battutah, we begin in the Maghreb and move out to explore the parameters of the “Middle East” as they have been traced historically, and according to various scholarly traditions. We will examine how the media, politics, oil and migration are reshaping it today. Students will be introduced to scholarly discussions on kinship, religion, migration, gender, political organization, Orientalism and cultural production. Issues of general interest related to current events will also be addressed through readings from the press and novels and viewing television programs and films.

Global Studies 191- Seminar in Global Studies

The purpose of the Seminar is to act as a capstone experience to your global studies major. This is your opportunity to refine your skills in global studies, consolidate your knowledge of theory and methods, and look at practical uses of your degree.

The primary purpose of the seminar is for you to work on a research project that will mark a summary and climax of the training you have had in global studies. 

In addition to the project itself, the work that you do in this course should lay the foundation for your next step after graduation - work or, graduate study.  It is important for you to improve important critical thinking skills, oral communication skills and writing a resume and letter of application for a job, internship or graduate school.

Upper Division Courses

108, 109, 119, 126, 128, 136, 140 sections: G, I, P, 163, 164, 170, 176

Art History
115, 143, 178

Asian Studies
127, 123

Botany & Plant Sciences

105, 114, 138, 154B, 164, 178, 185

Comparative Literature
112, 121, 125, 141, 160

123, 127, 128, 173 E-Z

124, 170, 182, 183, 185, 187


Ethnic Studies
100, 104, 109G, 118, 148, 166, 175

Global Studies
090, 110, 191, 195A, 195B, 195C, 198 I.


Latin American Studies
105, 164, 168, 185, 187

Media and Cultural Studies
125, 139, 145, 171, 174

122, 123, 125, 126, 127, 129

Political Science
107, 110, 120, 124, 126, 128, 133, 150, 160, 268*, 267*


Public Policy

Religious Studies
113, 144, 145, 149, 175, 246*, 246*

122, 123, 133, 161, 181, 182, 184

102A, 122B, 145, 179, 188


Urban Studies
178, 182

Women’s Studies
108, 109, 126, 162, 164, 175, 179

* indicates a Grad Course