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All courses below are approved for credit toward the Global Studies major and appear in the Registrar’s course listings for Fall 2016. This list was compiled on March 28, 2016 and changes could occur in course offerings between when this list was generated and the start of the Fall 2016 semester. We cannot update this list with every course change that could occur so please make sure to reference the All Courses Approved for the Major page as well.

You must read this carefully:

Many departments have special topic numbers. These are denoted by an asterisk in our course lists. All special topics classes require approval from Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to receive GLBL credit. Do not assume you will receive GLBL credit for taking a special topics class if you have not petitioned the Global Studies office. Petitions will no longer be accepted via e-mail and must be submitted through our new Course Credit Request System. This system also serves students seeking to request any other type of UNC course to count towards the GLBL major.

Don’t forget, you can petition to have a class count for major credit. For courses taken as part of a study abroad program, please see the Study Abroad page.

Core Courses

GLBL 210   Global Issues & Globalization (required)

Two required, each from a different department:

ANTH 142   Local Cultures, Global Forces

DRAM 117   Perspectives in World Drama

ENEC 201   Environment and Society

ENGL 141  World Literatures in English

ENGL 265  Literature & Race, Literature and Ethnicity: La Vida Loca

GEOG 120   World Regional Geography

GEOG 121   People and Places

GEOG 123   Cultural Geography

HIST 140   The World Since 1945

PHIL/POLI/PWAD 272   Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense

PLCY 110 Global Policy Issues

POLI 130   Introduction to Comparative Politics

POLI 150   International Relations and World Politics

SOCI 111   Human Societies

SOCI 121   Population Problems

WMST 281   Gender and Global Change: Militarization and Transnational Latino/a Literature

GLBL Courses

GLBL 89H   First-Year Seminar: Special Topics

GLBL 181   Teaching Great Decisions

GLBL 193   Global Studies Internship

GLBL 196   Independent Study

GLBL 210.001   Global Issues & Globalization

GLBL 210.002   Global Issues & Globalization (majors only)

GLBL 281   Phillips Ambassadors

GLBL 290   Current Topics in Global Studies

GLBL 382   Latin American Migrant Perspectives: Ethnography and Action

GLBL 381   Great Decisions

GLBL 383   Global Whiteness

GLBL 390   Current Topics in Global Studies

GLBL 394   Great Decisions and International Relations

GLBL 405   Comparative Political Economics and Development

GLBL 406   Transitions to Democracy

GLBL 450   Social Changes in Times of Crisis: Knowledge, Action, and Ontology

GLBL 481   NGO Politics

GLBL 482   Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Institutions

GLBL 483   Comparative Health Systems

GLBL 484   History and Politics of Central Asia

GLBL 485   Comparative Development

GLBL 486   Sports and Globalization

GLBL 487   Social Movements: Rethinking Globalization

GLBL 488   International Migration and Citizenship

GLBL 490   Current Topics

GLBL 560   Human Rights, Ethics, and Global Issues

GLBL 691H   Honors in Global Studies

GLBL 692H   Honors in Global Studies

Theme Courses


AAAD 101   Introduction to Africa

ENEC/POLI 254   International Environmental Politics

GEOG 423   Social Geography

GEOG 435   Environmental Politics

GEOG 447   Gender, Space and Place in the Middle East

GEOG 453   Political Geography

GEOG 460   Geographies of Economic Change

GEOG 464   Europe Today

GLBL 450   Social Changes in Times of Crisis: Knowledge, Action, and Ontology

HNRS 352   Seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences

POLI 130   Introduction to Comparative Politics

POLI 236   Politics of East-Central Europe

POLI 238   Latin American Politics

POLI 239   Introduction to European Government

POLI 433   Politics of the European Union

POLI 442   International Political Economy

PLCY 520   Environment and Development

PWAD 350   National and International Security

SOCI 111   Human Societies

SOCI 121   Population Problems


AAAD 212   Africa in the Global System

ECON 434   History of Economic Doctrines

ECON 460   International Economics

ECON 465   Economic Development.

ECON 468   Principles of Soviet and Post-Soviet Economic Systems

ECON 469   Western and Asian Economic Systems

ECON 560   Advanced International Economics

GEOG 453   Political Geography

GEOG 458   Urban Latin America

GEOG 460   Geographies of Economic Change

GEOG 464   Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms and the Geographies of Pan-Europe

POLI 442   International Political Economy


ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems

ANTH 318 Human Growth and Development

ENEC 370 Agriculture and Environment

ENEC/GEOG 264 Biodiversity Conservation

ENEC/POLI 254 International Environmental Politics

ENGL 268 Literature, Medicine, and Culture

ENVR 600 Health and Environment

GEOG 269 Human-Environmental Interactions in the Galapagos Islands

GEOG 435 Environmental Politics

GEOG 445 Medical Geography

HPM 660 International and Comparative Health Systems

SOCI 469 Medicine and Society


AAAD 284 Contemporary Perspectives on the African Diaspora in the Americas

AAAD/WMST 200 Gender and Sexuality in Africa

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 123 Habitat and Humanity

ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems

ANTH 284 Culture and Consumption

ASIA 150 Asia: An Introduction

COMM 574 War and Culture

FREN 375 Francophone Studies

GEOG 447 Gender, Space and Place in the Middle East

GLBL 383   Global Whiteness

JOMC 446 International Communication and Comparative Journalism

RELI 121 Introduction to Religion and Culture

SPAN 344 Contemporary Latin America: Mexico, Central American and the Andean Region

WMST 124 Sex and Gender in Society

Area Courses


AAAD 101 Introduction to African Civilization

AAAD 200 African Women: Changing Ideals and Realities

AAAD 212 Africa in the Global System

AAAD 214 Ethnography of Africa

AAAD 400 The Challenges of Democratic Governance in Africa

AAAD 414 Senegalese Society and Culture

HIST 130 20th Century Scramble for Africa


ASIA 150 Asia: An Introduction

CHIN 253 Chinese Language and Society

HIST 136 South Asian History since 1750


GEOG 259 Latin America

GEOG 458 Urban Latin America: Politics, Economy, and Society

HIST 143 Latin America Since Independence

HIST 532 History of Cuba

LTAM 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies

POLI 238 Contemporary Latin American Politics

SPAN 344 Contemporary Latin America: Mexico, Central America and the Andean Region

WMST 280 Women in Latin America


GEOG 447 Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East

RELI 180 Introduction to Islamic Civilization


DRAM 286 Modern Irish Drama

EURO/HIST 159 20th Century Europe

GEOG 464 Europe Today

GERM 280 20th Century German Philosophy and Modern Youth Cultures

GERM 302 Language and Culture: Immigration to Germany from 1955-Present

HIST 262 History of the Holocaust

HNRS 353 Seminar in Historical Analysis

ITAL 330 Italian Civilization I

ITAL 333 Italian Film and Culture

POLI 239 Introduction to European Government

POLI 433 Politics of the European Union

SPAN 340 Cultures of Contemporary Spain


HIST 161 Russia Becomes an Empire

POLI 236 Politics of East-Central Europe