Undergraduate Program

Global Affairs is an interdisciplinary major that introduces students to the processes of globalization that affect all societies. Students gain a sophisticated understanding of complex issues such as terrorism, refugee crises, global inequality, and health and environmental challenges. Core courses in the major provide a knowledge foundation of the political, economic, cultural, and environmental processes in our global and globalizing world. The choice of a thematic or regional concentration helps students tailor the degree to their particular interests and career goals. Students in this program are encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities and internships. They can complement their major with a second major or a minor.

Global Affairs with a Second Major or Minor

Students can complement their major in global affairs with a second major. Students interested in this option are encouraged to discuss their plans with advisors in both majors. See the section on Credit for More than One Undergraduate Major in Undergraduate Policies.

Students majoring in global affairs are encouraged to complement their major with one of the many minors offered by the college. 

Minor

The undergraduate program in global affairs offers a minor in global affairs, which is available to students in any major in the university except those majoring in global affairs.

Graduate Program

The master’s degree in global affairs is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to engage in advanced study of a broad range of international global issues.

Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Program

Highly qualified undergraduates in any major are invited to apply to the accelerated master’s degree program in global affairs. If accepted, students will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and a graduate degree in global affairs after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, often within five years.

Program Faculty

Ashley, Bickford, Bockman, Breglia (director), Burt, Copelman, Christensen, Habila, Hirsch, Hughes Rinker, Kelly, Kim, Lancaster, Lopez-Santana, Lyons, Mandaville, McGlinchey, Paczynska, Platt, Smith, Son, Studemeyer (assistant director), Uy-Tioco, Wan

Global Affairs (GLOA)

100 Level Courses

GLOA 101: Introduction to Global Affairs. 3 credits.
Surveys wide range of global topics: previous periods of globalization, international organizations and law, transnational corporations and global economy, immigration and refugees, world environmental concerns, world culture, war and peace, paradoxical presence of nationalism and fundamentalism in global world, and antiglobalization movement. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

300 Level Courses

GLOA 305: Global Affairs College-to-Career. 1 credit.
Focuses on career choices and effective self-presentation for soon-to-be graduating students with majors in Global Affairs. Explores how skills typically learned in humanities majors can be leveraged for a successful transition to post-graduation employment. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

400 Level Courses

GLOA 400: Global Affairs Capstone. 3 credits.
Students draw from interdisciplinary core and concentration coursework in order to synthesize, compare and consolidate the various approaches and theories explored throughout the major through a focus on a pressing global issue. Additionally, course is designed to further develop research, writing, presentation, and organizational skills. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Capstone
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of GLOA 101 or SOCI 120 and 18 credits in major.
Schedule Type: Lecture
GLOA 450: Topics in Global Affairs. 1-3 credits.
Selected topics in global affairs. Content varies. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: GLOA 101 or SOCI 120.
Schedule Type: Lecture
GLOA 480: Study Abroad. 1-6 credits.
Study abroad under supervision of Mason faculty. Course topics, content, and locations vary. Notes: May be repeated with permission of department. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
GLOA 490: Independent Study in Global Affairs. 1-6 credits.
Reading or research on specific topic related to globalization, under direction of faculty member. Notes: At least one written paper required. Course may involve combination of reading assignments, tutorials, presentations, or off-campus activities. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Global Affairs majors with 90 credits, GLOA 101, and permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
GLOA 491: Honors Seminar in Global Affairs. 3 credits.
Emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of global affairs. Covers a variety of topics, including consideration of economic, political, and cultural forces at work in the complex interactions among global processes. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to Global Affairs honors in the major.
Schedule Type: Seminar
GLOA 492: Honors Research Project in Global Affairs. 3 credits.
Honors-level research on specialized topic in Global Affairs culminating in substantial paper and oral presentation. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of GLOA 491 with minimum grade of B.
Schedule Type: Seminar
GLOA 495: Global Experiential Learning. 1-18 credits.
On-the-job training in transnational or international fields through approved internship programs. Notes: Enrollment and credits controlled by Global Affairs Program. Contact Global Affairs Program one semester before planned enrollment. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Internship
GLOA 498: Global Politics Fellow. 0 credits.
The Global Politics Fellows program is a 15 credit academic program for selected students majoring in Global Affairs or Government and International Politics and Public Administration. This course indicates participation in the program. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 0 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Acceptance into Global Policy Fellows Program.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Global Affairs.

Schedule Type: Lecture

500 Level Courses

GLOA 599: Issues in Global Affairs. 3 credits.
Studies current issues and debates in global affairs. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

600 Level Courses

GLOA 600: Global Competencies. 3 credits.
Explores the nature of globalization. Students will understand the characteristics of the current global system; be familiar with key global issues and debates; have an advanced understanding of and appreciation for organizations, languages, cultures in many global contexts; and be better habituated to thinking across disciplinary lines. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
GLOA 605: Interdisciplinary Research Methods. 3 credits.
Designed to provide students with an overview of basic techniques in quantitative and qualitative methods with special attention to epistemological and ethical concerns in global studies research. Course includes a discussion of the theoretical assumptions that shape research questions and design, practical exercises in research techniques, and analysis of methodology in practice. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
GLOA 610: Economic Globalization and Development. 3 credits.
Focuses on the intersection of countries and firms in the arenas of international trade, investment and finance, as the lenses into understanding better today's "global" economy: countries of differing levels of economic development and economic system structure, factors of monetary union and currency disequilibria, trade liberalization or protectionism, market entry, cross-border variables, risk and relations. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
GLOA 620: Human Systems. 3 credits.
Examines the human dimensions relative to international educational systems and their relationship to basic education and higher education policy, research policy, science and technology, culture, language, social justice, equity, conflict and peace, human resources and national development. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
GLOA 690: Independent Study. 3 credits.
Reading or research on specific topic related to globalization, under directions of faculty member. Notes: At least one written paper required. Course may involve combination of reading assignments, tutorials, presentations, or off-campus activities. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 12 MA credits and permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment limited to students in the MA Global Affairs program.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

700 Level Courses

GLOA 710: Seminar Abroad. 3 credits.
Intensive program in a foreign setting focusing on a deep overview of the research specialization of the supervising faculty member. Required pre-departure component to set the intellectual, logistical and culture terms of the abroad period. Locations vary from year to year. Notes: May be repeated with permission of program. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
GLOA 720: Capstone Research Seminar. 3 credits.
Provides students with the opportunity to engage in significant original research an analysis of a topic in global affairs. Topics vary from year to year. Offered by Humanities & Social Sciences. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Non-Degree level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar