International and Global Studies

School

School of Humanities and Social Science

School Dean

Christopher J. Frost, Ph.D.

Department

International and Global Studies

Department Chair

Aaron Moreno, Ph.D.

The Undergraduate International and Global Studies (IGS) major at St. Mary’s University is anchored in anthropology, economics, history, international business, languages, and political science. The Program’s multidisciplinary emphasis empowers majors to gain a comprehensive understanding of cultural, economic, political, and social issues on a global scale. Majors will graduate with an understanding of the historical and cultural origins of contemporary global issues, an ability to apply theoretical frameworks when interpreting these issues, and experience in producing comprehensive and critical research analyses of these issues.  The research, communication, and critical thinking skills developed in pursuit of these areas of knowledge will prepare International and Global Studies graduates for US-based or foreign-based careers that have an international focus.

Students who also major in Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, or Languages can double count up to 6 credit hours between the two majors. This is the policy of the current International Relations major.

Students may double count up to 3 credit hours from their major towards a minor in Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, or Languages. This is the policy of the current International Relations major.

Major in International Relations

Minor in International Relations

IGS 1301. Introduction to International and Global Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

The first of a two-seminar series, to be taken during a student’s first fall semester as a major. This course will teach students how to best utilize the IGS multidisciplinary degree program. Students will be introduced to the program’s respective stakeholder disciplines (Anthropology, Economics, History, Foreign Languages, International Business, and Political Science) and will be introduced to research methodologies in each stakeholder discipline. Students will conduct preliminary research on a global or international topic of their choice and will present their findings at the end of the course. This course must be taken at St. Mary’s University, and it is a pre-requisite for IGS 5399.

IGS 3351. World Religions. 3 Semester Hours.

A study of the major world religions, their belief systems and their impact on social, economic, political and cultural development. Emphasis will be placed on Christianity (Western and Eastern), Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and primal religions. (Formerly IR3351).

IGS 4301. Special Topics in International and Global Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

Perspectives on cultural aspects of International and Global studies; area studies; or special topics in International and Global studies. May be taken twice with a different topic. The specific topic will be recorded on the transcript. (Formerly IR4301).

IGS 5198. Directed Reading & Research. 1 Semester Hour.

Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor and chairperson. Prerequisite: senior standing. (Formerly IR5198).

IGS 5298. Directed Reading & Research. 2 Semester Hours.

Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor and chairperson. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (Formerly IR5298).

IGS 5301. International and Global Studies Internship. 3 Semester Hours.

Experience-based learning in an applied setting with a government or private agency involved substantially in global or international affairs.

IGS 5398. Directed Readings & Research. 3 Semester Hours.

Special studies designed for selected undergraduate students with permission of instructor and chairperson. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (Formerly IR5398).

IGS 5399. Research Seminar in International and Global Studies. 3 Semester Hours.

The second of a two-seminar series, to be taken during a major’s junior or senior year. Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct basic research or applied research within one or more stakeholder disciplines of the IGS major (Anthropology, Economics, History, Foreign Languages, History, International Business, and/or Political Science). This research project will have a modern global or international focus, and its findings will be submitted in written form and orally presented. Pre-requisite: IGS 1301, unless exempted by the IGS Program director.

IGS 5601. International and Global Studies Internship. 6 Semester Hours.

Experience-based learning in an applied setting with a government or private agency involved substantially in global or international affairs. (Formerly IR5601).