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All courses below are approved for credit toward the Global Studies undergraduate major and appear in the Registrar’s course listings for Spring 2018. This list was compiled on October 18, 2017 and changes could occur in course offerings between when this list was generated and the start of the Spring 2018 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. All special topics classes require approval from Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to receive GLBL creditDo 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 SystemThis system also serves students seeking to request any other type of UNC course to count towards the GLBL major.

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

ARTH 150   World Art

ENEC 201   Environment and Society

ENGL 141  World Literatures in English

GEOG 120   World Regional Geography

GEOG 121   People and Places

GEOG 130   Geography of the Developing World

GEOG 232   Agriculture, Food, Society

HIST 140   The World Since 1945

MUSC 146   Introduction to World Musics

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

RELI 180   Introduction to Islamic Civilization

RELI 181   Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures

SOCI 111   Human Societies

SOCI 121   Population Problems

SOCI 124   Sex and Gender in Society

SOCI 133   Sociology of Politics

GLBL Courses

GLBL 210.001   Global Issues & Globalization- Dr. Nina Martin

GLBL 210.002   Global Issues & Globalization (majors only)- Dr. Michal Osterweil

GLBL 281   Phillips Ambassadors (open only to Phillips Ambassadors)

GLBL 381   Great Decisions

GLBL 382   Latin American Migrant Perspectives: Ethnography & Action- Dr. Hannah Gill

GLBL 390   Special Topics (Colonization, Migration, and National Identity)- Dr. Michael Tsin

GLBL 394   Great Decisions and International Relations

GLBL 401   Paradigms of Development and Social Change- Dr. Michal Osterweil

GLBL 413  Anthropocene Capital & Climate- Dr. Mark Driscoll

GLBL 481   NGO Politics- Dr. Erica Johnson

GLBL 492H   Global Food Films- Dr. Inger Brodey 

Theme Courses


AAAD 101   Introduction to Africa

AAAD 307   21st Century Scramble for Africa

ANTH 319   Global Health

ARTH/HIST 514   Monuments and Memory

GEOG 435   Environment and Geography

GEOG 452   Mobile Geographies

GEOG 464   Europe Today

HIST 276   Middle East in the Modern Era

HIST 577   United States Foreign Relations

MUSC 291   Music and Politics

POLI 130   Introduction to Comparative Politics

POLI 150   International Relations and World Politics

POLI 236   Politics of East-Central Europe

POLI 238   Latin American Politics

POLI 239   Introduction to European Government

POLI 252   International Organizations and Global Issues

POLI 253   Problems in World Order

POLI 442   International Political Economy

POLI 444   Seminar on Terrorism

PWAD 252   International Organization Global Issues

PWAD 350   National and International Security

RELI 181   Later Islamic Civilization and Modern Muslim Cultures

SOCI 111   Human Societies

SOCI 121   Population Problems

SOCI 133   Sociology of Politics



AAAD 212   Africa in the Global System

AAAD 307   The 21st Century Scramble for Africa

BUSI 611   International Development

ECON 434   History of Economic Doctrines

ECON 460   International Economics

ECON 461   European Economic Integration

ECON 465   Economic Development.

ECON 469   Western and Asian Economic Systems

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

POLI 442   International Political Economy



ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems

ANTH 151 Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture

ANTH 319 Global Health

ANTH 445 Migration and Health

ANTH 470 Medicine and Anthropology

ENVR 600 Health and Environment

GEOG 435 Environmental Politics

PLCY 565 Global Health Policy

SOCI 469 Medicine and Society



ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems

ARTH/HIST 514 Memories and Monuments

CMPL 143 History of Global Cinema

COMM 574 War and Culture

ENGL 364 Introduction to Latina/o Studies

GEOG 452 Mobile Geographies

MUSC 146 Introduction to World Musics

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


Area Courses


AAAD 101 Introduction to African Civilization

AAAD 201 African Literature

AAAD 212 Africa in the Global System

AAAD 307 21st Century Scramble for Africa

AAAD 318 Politics of Cultural Production in Africa

AAAD 412 Regional Seminar in African Studies

AAAD 414 Senegalese Society and Culture

AAAD 421 Introduction to the Languages of Africa

AAAD 487 Intellectual Currents in African and African Diaspora Studies

HIST 130 20th Century Scramble for Africa

HIST 279 Modern South African History


ANTH 330 Melancholy Japan: Myth, Memory, and Everyday Life

CHIN 252 Introduction to Chinese Culture through Narrative

CHIN 354 Chinese Culture through Calligraphy

JAPN 161 Geisha in History, Fantasy, and Fiction

JAPN 162 Japanese Pop Culture

JAPN 375 The Culture of Modern Imperial Japan


AAAD 260 Blacks in Latin America

GEOG 259 Latin America

GLBL 382   Latin American Migrant Perspectives: Ethnography & Action

HIST 142 Latin America under Colonial Rule

HIST 143 Latin America Since Independence

HIST 528 Guerrillas and Revolution in 20th Century Latin America

LTAM 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies

POLI 238 Contemporary Latin American Politics

POLI 434 Politics of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

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


HIST 276 Modern Middle East

RELI 180 Introduction to Islamic Civilization

RELI 181 Modern Islamic Civilization

RELI 581 Sufism

SOCI 419 Sociology of Islam


ARTH 152 History of Western Art

ECON 461 European Economic Integration

FREN 350 Advanced Oral and Written French

GEOG 464 Europe Today

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

HIST 259 Towards Emancipation? Women in Modern Europe

HIST 262 History of the Holocaust

ITAL 335 Topics on Italian Film and Culture: Social Issues in Italy from the 1960s-Present

ITAL 398 Undergraduate Seminar in Italian

POLI 239 Introduction to European Government

SPAN 340 Cultures of Contemporary Spain


HIST 161 Russia Becomes an Empire

HIST 162 Russia 1861-Present

POLI 236 Politics of East-Central Europe