Skip to main content

Thematic Global Studies MA students focus in one of three possible areas of concentration: (1) Global Politics, Institutions, and Societies; (2) Global Economy; or (3) Global Migration and Labor Rights. All Thematic Global Studies MA students will take a set of four core courses, including Introduction to Research and Theory in Global Studies and a core course in each of the three areas of concentration. A brief description of each core course is below. Students will then take 18 elective credits offered across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus (or as appropriate at Duke or NCSU) to fulfill their chosen concentrations. Up to nine elective credits may be satisfied through internships, fieldwork, or study abroad opportunities. Students will also be required to take one methods course (3 credits) in an academic discipline appropriate to their concentrations. As a capstone project, student will write and defend a policy or conference paper on a topic relevant to the concentration. Students will work with advisers to write the capstone paper and register for writing credits (3 credits).

Thematic Core Courses

GLBL 700: Introduction to Research and Theory in Global Studies
Global Studies examines world systems, transnational processes, and global-local interactions from perspectives informed by a number of disciplines.  This course will introduce students to current interdisciplinary theoretical approaches to global studies and examine the primary topics of contemporary research relating to the rise of a complex but increasingly integrated world society. Elizabeth Olsonprofessor, Geography, teaches this course.

GLBL 701: Political Economy of Development
Presents foundational theories, concepts, and empirical research regarding the political economy of development. In content, course will define this topic broadly, from considering the political and economic dynamics of the international community (e.g., aid) as well as the intersection of economics and politics in comparative perspective (e.g., democratization and development). Brigitte Seim, assistant professor, Public Policy, teaches this course.

GLBL 702: Global Politics, Institutions and Societies
This course examines the shifts and reordering in the world community that occurred during an intense period of globalization that began in the late twentieth century. The class will address: global governance and the interactions among states, international organizations, businesses, social movements, and NGOs in determining “global public policy.” It will address the diffusion and promotion of democracy and other political and social norms and the interactions between political institutions and social cleavages. Erica Johnson, Director of Graduate Studies & Teaching Associate Professor, Global Studies, teaches this core course.

GLBL 703: Global Migration and Labor Rights
Migration touches upon every aspect of global politics, economics, welfare, and development. This core course in global migration will benefit students in any of the three concentrations. The course will focus on the interactions of migration, labor rights, human rights, economics, health disparities, and cross-border tensions. Angela Stuesse, associate professor, Anthropology, teaches this core course.

GLBL 992: Writing Credits
All Global Studies MA students will be required to register for 3 hours of writing credits during their fourth and final semester. The Writing Credits will be used to draft and finalize the MA research paper or policy brief. Students will be supervised by their primary faculty adviser and they will also have regular meetings with the other two MA committee advisers to ensure the final result is of publishable quality and ready for oral defense.

Global Studies Elective Courses

GLBL 893: Internship/Field Experience
Global Studies MA students may receive up to nine credit hours toward fulfillment of program requirements for completed internships and/or field experience by following the guidelines set forth by the Curriculum in Global Studies. To receive academic credit for an internship or field experience, students must complete the Global Studies Internship Contract and return it the Director of Graduate Studies. Approval for academic credit for the internship is required BEFORE beginning work and there are absolutely no exceptions. Students will be registered for the internship course (GLBL 893) the semester of the internship.

GLBL 896: Independent Reading and Research
Independent Reading and Research is a graded three credit course that allows students to conduct in-depth research on a topic of their choice under the supervision of Global Studies joint faculty. A student wishing to complete an independent study with faculty from other departments should attempt to petition those departments for admission to their independent study course. Students must enroll in GLBL 896 by the first day of the start of the semester. To enroll, students must complete the Global Studies Independent Reading and Research Contract, which requires a detailed plan of study, as well as signatures from the student, his or her adviser, and the Director of Graduate Studies. These forms should be returned either by email or in person to the Director of Graduate Studies in the Curriculum in Global Studies offices.