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Global Studies

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Global Studies Courses

GLST 101: Introduction to Global Studies

GLST 101 focuses on contemporary global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. This course introduces the five main world regions that we cover in the program (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East) and addresses most of the following themes: international political economy; international organizations; cultural change; nationalism; global environmental issues; religion/religious conflict; global threats; and colonialism/postcolonialism.

GLST 301: Capstone in Global Studies

Beginning fall of 2021, this course number may be used only exceptionally for a course of study that a student contracts with a faculty mentor of their choosing and that is not offered otherwise at Loyola. The contracted course must function as a way for students to draw together their undergraduate studies in a "capstone" fashion and in a way that is relevant to the concerns of the Global Studies Program. Students must arrange this course of study with their chosen faculty mentor. The faculty mentor should send the syllabus to the director of global studies at least one month before the start of the term in which the student plans to undertake their course of study. Students will complete a very substantial research project or paper of approximately 20,000 to 25,000 words (about 40-50 double-spaced pages) that they work on over the course of the entire semester with their faculty mentor.

GLST 302: States and Firms

This course focuses on the relationship between multinational corporations and the state. The first half of the course will explore the origin of firms, as well as issues like corruption, tax policy, bailouts, and economic development, including the role of state-owned enterprises. The second half of the course will examine the use and development of private military contractors and their relationship to state security, war-fighting, and the legal and ethical issues raised by the privatization of war.

GLST 303: Technological Change and Society

This course explores how advances in technology affect society in four broad areas: how we communicate, how we work, how we regulate technological advances and the firms that produce them, and finally how the genetic revolution may be changing humanity itself.  Specific topics covered include the internet and online privacy, social media, workplace automation and the idea of universal basic income, autonomous vehicles and weapons including cyberwarfare, blockchains & cybermoney, antitrust legislation and net neutrality, as well as modern advances in genetics, genomics, and medicine.   

GLST 304: Global Civil Society and Social Movements

This course focuses on global civil society groups (both advocacy groups or apolitical) and on social movements that seek to fight injustices. We will discuss a variety of civil society projects ranging from monitoring government corruption and promoting micro-credit to organizing transnational protest campaigns.

GLST 305: Globalization and Environmental Sustainability

This course introduces students to social, political, and economic factors that have contributed to globalization, development, and their impact on the environment. It provides students with the background and conceptual tools to understand global environmental challenges and questions.

GLST 306: International Development

This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the international development system and issues related to development in those countries variously referred to as the third world, the Global South, developing, underdeveloped, or peripheral countries. We will look at various social actors involved in the development system, including non-governmental organizations, as well as ordinary people who are subject to and might benefit from development.

GLST 370: Internship in Global Studies

This course offers three or six hours of academic credit. The course may be taken for either 3 or 6 credit hours, but no more than 3 credits can be applied to the global studies major. When the internship is taken for 3 credit hours, students are expected to work 8–10 hours per week in their placements; when it is taken for 6 credit hours, students are expected to work 16–20 hours in their placements.

The internship is open to Loyola students with grade point averages of 2.50 or above. Global Studies interns are placed in a wide variety of agencies, including government offices, non-profit organizations, private businesses, and foreign consulates. Grades are based on a research paper and a written evaluation from a student's host agency. For more information on internship opportunities and the process of applying, please review the Internship home page.

Tagged Courses

The following courses are tagged by the Global Studies Program and count as electives in Global Studies. Other courses may be tagged for Global Studies credit on a semester-by-semester basis. For complete course descriptions, see the listings of the department indicated.


  • ANTH 100 Globalization and Local Cultures (elective for the GLST minor; required for the GLST major)
  • ANTH 104 The Human Ecological Footprint
  • ANTH 203 Violence, Social Suffering and Justice
  • ANTH 207 Econ, Culture, and Development
  • ANTH 303 People and Conservation
  • ANTH 305 Violence and Culture
  • ANTH 306 Anthropology and Human Rights
  • ANTH 319 Anthropology of Tourism
  • ANTH 321 Human Rights in Latin America
  • CJC 378 International Criminal Justice
  • COMM 272 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 278 International Public Relations
  • COMM 303 Media, Politics & Propaganda
  • ECON 323 International Economics
  • ECON 324 International Monetary Relations
  • ECON 325 Economics of Development and Growth
  • ELPS 230 Globalization, Education, and Childhood 
  • ENGL 312 Studies in World Literature in English
  • ENGL 313 Border Literatures
  • EXPL 292 International Service Learning
  • FINC 355 International Finance Management
  • FNAR 202 Modern Art
  • HIST 104 Global History Since 1500
  • HIST 331A Food, Hunger and Power in the Modern World
  • HIST 349 Contemporary Global Issues
  • HIST 359 Teaching World History
  • HIST 359C Nationalist Politics:  A Global Perspective
  • HIST 359F Genocides in the Modern World
  • HIST 359H Anti-Colonial Resistance in the Twentieth Century
  • HSM 210 Introduction to Global Healthcare
  • IBUS 201 Introduction to International Business
  • LITR 280 World Masterpieces in Translation
  • LITR 283 Major Authors In Translation
  • LITR 284 International Film
  • LITR 299 Comparative Literature
  • MARK 363 International Marketing
  • MGMT 315 International Management
  • PLSC 102 International Relations in an Age of Globalization (elective for the GLST minor; required for the GLST major)
  • PLSC 103 Comparative Politics
  • PLSC 204 Conflict Management
  • PLSC 252 Capitalism and its Discontents
  • PLSC 300C Political Violence
  • PLSC 300D Morality in War
  • PLSC 316 Politics of Genocide
  • PLSC 317 Politics of International Health
  • PLSC 325 American Foreign Policy
  • PLSC 337 Terrorism
  • PLSC 338 Comparative Public Policy: Policies in Western Democracies
  • PLSC 339 Political Ideologies
  • PLSC 350 Politics of International Economic Relations
  • PLSC 352 Canadian Politics
  • PLSC 353 International Law
  • PLSC 354 Global Environmental Politics
  • PLSC 355C Women and Politics: A Cross-National Perspective
  • PLSC 356 Intervention in World Politics
  • PLSC 358 War, Peace, and Politics
  • PLSC 358D The Scientific Study of War
  • PLSC 359 Revolutions
  • PLSC 362 Politics of Developing Societies
  • PLSC 363 International Politics
  • PLSC 364 United Nations and International Organizations
  • PLSC 366 Dictatorship
  • PLSC 367 Model United Nations
  • POLS 270 Contemporary Polish Culture in the Original Language
  • SOCL 252 Global Inequalities
  • SOCL 265 Globalization & Society
  • SOCL 278 Global Health
  • THEO 272 Introduction to Judaism
  • THEO 282 Introduction to Hinduism
  • THEO 295 Introduction to Islam
  • THEO 297 Introduction to Buddhism
  • THEO 330 Liberation Theology
  • TLSC 350 Teaching and Learning with a Global Framework


  • ANTH 213 Contemporary African Culture
  • FNAR 355 Art of Africa
  • HIST 213 Introduction to African History
  • HIST 342B African History Post-1600
  • HONR 210A-C Encountering Africa
  • LITR 219 African Film
  • PLSC 340 International Relations of Africa
  • PLSC 342 African Politics


  • ANTH 215 Contemporary Japanese Culture
  • ASIA 101 Explorations in Asian Studies
  • CHIN 341 Modern Chinese Literature in Chinese
  • COMM 269 Observing China
  • COMM 301 Discovering China Through Film
  • ENGL 292 South Asian Literature and Civilizations
  • ENGL 315 South Asian Literature in English
  • ENGL 315C South Asian Literature Since 1900
  • FNAR 357 Art of Indian Asia
  • FNAR 358 Chinese Art and Culture
  • FNAR 359 Japanese Art and Culture
  • HIST 208 East Asia since 1500
  • HIST 208Z Modern Chinese History
  • HIST 343 Modern South Asia 
  • HIST 346B Reform & Revolution in China, 1800-1949
  • HIST 346C History of Christianity in China 
  • HIST 347A China Since 1949: The People's Republic
  • HIST 347C Cultural Revolution-China
  • HIST 347D Modern Chinese History through Film
  • HIST 349A Women in East Asia
  • HIST 388A Vietnam War
  • HONR 209A/B/C Encountering Asia
  • LITR 244 Indian Film
  • LITR 245 Asian Masterpieces
  • LITR 287 Topics in Asian Literature
  • LITR 290 Classical Chinese Literature
  • LITR 292 Modern Chinese Fiction
  • PHIL 192 Chinese Ethics and Asian Values
  • PHIL 193 Contemporary Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL 335 Asian Philosophy
  • PLSC 345 South and Southeast Asian Politics
  • PLSC 346 East Asian Politics
  • SOCL 251 Peoples of China: Their Cultures and Customs
  • SOCL 263 Political and Social Movements in China
  • SOCL 366 Development and Social Change in Modern China
  • THEO 299 Religions of Asia
  • THEO 352 Topics in Buddhism


  • ANTH 222 Culture in Contemporary Europe
  • FREN 271 Main Currents of French Literature and Culture I
  • FREN 309 Francophone Literature
  • FREN 311 French Modernity
  • FREN 390 French Culture and Civilization
  • GERM 270 Modern German Literature and Culture I
  • GERM 271 Modern German Literature and Culture II
  • GERM 311 Survey of Early 20th Century Literature
  • GERM 312 Bertolt Brecht
  • GERM 321 20th Century Theatre
  • GERM 329 19th Century Theatre
  • GERM 339 19th Century Poetry
  • GERM 349 19th Century Prose
  • GERM 351 German Literature After 1945
  • GERM 370 German Cinema
  • GERM 390 German Culture and Civilization
  • HIST 267B Modern German Culture and Ideas II
  • HIST 322 Modern France:  From Empire to Postcolonial Nation
  • HIST 324 Italy 19th & 20th Centuries
  • HIST 325A The British Empire:  From Barbados to Brexit
  • HIST 326 Ireland:  Colony to Nation State
  • HIST 327A The Balkans: History, Fiction, Film
  • HIST 329C Empire, Sex, Violence:  European Colonial History
  • HIST 329N Modern European Nationalism: Myth and Reality
  • HIST 330 Europe in the Age of Catastrophe, 1900-1945
  • HIST 330F Fascinating Fascism:  1919 to the Present
  • HIST 334B The Holocaust: History and Memory
  • HIST 335 The Second World War
  • HIST 336 Contemporary Europe 1945 to Present
  • HIST 337 Rise & Fall of Soviet Union
  • HIST 337A Women in Russia and Eurasia, 1860-Present
  • HIST 338A History of European Communism
  • HIST 339C Modern Europe and the Arts
  • HIST 359C Nationalist Politics: A Global Perspective
  • HONR 216A-C Encountering Contemporary Europe
  • ITAL 271 Main Currents of Italian Literature II
  • ITAL 284 Studies in Italian Film
  • ITAL 319 Survey of 20th Century Prose
  • ITAL 320 Survey of 20th Century Poetry
  • ITAL 390 Italian Culture and Civilization
  • LITR 161 Introduction to Italian Culture
  • LITR 200 European Masterpieces
  • LITR 202 European Novel
  • LITR 203 European Drama
  • LITR 204 European Film
  • LITR 221 Polish Authors
  • LITR 225 Russian Masterpieces
  • LITR 230 German Masterpieces
  • LITR 260 Italian Masterpieces
  • LITR 262 Modern Italian Novel
  • LITR 264 Italian Film Genre
  • LITR 267 Italian Film History
  • LITR 268 Italian Cultural History
  • LITR 268R Italian Culture: Food & Wine
  • LITR 283 Major Authors In Translation: Polish Authors
  • PLSC 232 Political Systems of the United Kingdom & Commonwealth
  • PLSC 347 The European Union
  • PLSC 348 Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics
  • PLSC 349 Eastern European Politics
  • PLSC 360 Western European Politics
  • PLSC 365 Italian Politics and Government
  • ROST 382: Human Rights: View from Rome
  • SOCL 267 Italy Today
  • SPAN 271 Introduction to Iberian Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 311 Generation of 1898
  • SPAN 321 20th Century Theatre
  • SPAN 331 20th Century Poetry
  • SPAN 341 20th Century Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 349 Realism and Naturalism
  • SPAN 362 History of Hispanic Feminism
  • SPAN 363 Borges
  • SPAN 366 Spanish Cinema
  • SPAIN 271 Introduction to Iberian Literature and Culture
  • SPAN 390 Hispanic Culture and Civilization—when the course focuses on Spain
  • UNIV 302 Ricci Seminar Rome

Latin America

  • ANTH 211 Peoples of Latin America
  • ANTH 217 Mexican Culture and Heritage
  • ENGL 316C Caribbean Literature in English
  • ENVS 340 Special Topics: Natural History of Belize
  • HIST 210 Introduction to Latin American History
  • HIST 278A Violence Drug Trafficking & Crime in Latin America
  • HIST 353 Latin America in Recent Times
  • HIST 355 The Caribbean and Central America in Colonial and Modern Times
  • HIST 356 Mexican History from Ancient to Modern Times
  • HIST 357 The Mexican Revolution in Popular Imagination
  • HIST 358 Women in Latin American History
  • HONR 208A/B/C Encountering Latin America and the Caribbean
  • LASP 395 Capstone in Latin American Studies
  • LITR 211 Latina Authors
  • PLSC 343 Latin American Politics
  • PLSC 344 Contemporary Issues in Latin America
  • PLSC 351 Latin American International System
  • SPAN 370 Latin American Poetry
  • SPAN 380 Latin American Prose Fiction
  • SPAN 381 Contemporary Spanish-American Novel
  • SPAN 385 Caribbean Literature
  • SPAN 389 Latin American Short Story
  • SPAN 390 Hispanic Culture and Civilization — when the course focuses on Latin America

Middle East

  • ANTH 220 Contemporary Cultures of the Middle East
  • HIST 209 Survey of Islamic History
  • HIST 300E Topics in World History: Middle East on Film
  • HIST 341 Modern Middle East
  • HIST 341B Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HONR 212B Encountering the Middle East
  • LITR 238 Arabic Literature in Translation
  • PLSC 300D Middle East International Relations
  • PLSC 368 Politics of the Middle East
  • THEO 350 Topics in Islam
  • THEO 365 Women, Gender and Embodiment in Islam
  • THEO 366 Contemporary Islamic Thought and Movements