Green Leaf

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.

This is a Green Leaf program

Policies

Students pursuing this degree must complete 36-39 credits within the major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have a total of 40-43 credits. Students must have a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the core courses and a minimum grade of 1.67 in each of the courses used to fulfill the concentration and the language requirement for global affairs majors. Students who major in global affairs may not also earn the minor in global systems.

Global affairs majors may fulfill the Mason Core Capstone requirement by successfully completing GLOA 400.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-BA-GLOA

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses in the Major

GLOA 101Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core)3
or SOCI 120 Globalization and Society (Mason Core)
CONF 340Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution3
CULT 320Globalization and Culture3
ECON 385International Economic Policy3
EVPP 337Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries3
GOVT 322International Relations Theory 13
Total Credits18
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Note the prerequisite for this course: GOVT 132 Introduction to International Politics (Mason Core) or GOVT 133 Introduction to Comparative Politics (Mason Core)

Language Study Beyond Intermediate Proficiency

To fulfill this requirement, students can continue the study of one language beyond the intermediate proficiency level (required for all BA degrees in the college) or choose to study other languages. After a student has demonstrated intermediate proficiency in one language, the remainder of the requirement may be fulfilled by taking any courses taught in a foreign language, at any level. Students are required to complete:

Select 6-9 credits of language study beyond intermediate proficiency6-9
9 credits beyond the completion of 210 or the receipt of heritage language waiver
6 credits beyond the completion of 202
Total Credits6-9

Concentrations in the Major

Students select one concentration and complete the requirements therein. Courses applied to a global affairs concentration must come from at least two different departments. Concentration courses must be unique to the concentration: they cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill any Mason Core or college requirement for the bachelor's degree. They cannot be applied to any other major, minor, concentration, or certificate.

In addition to the courses listed with each concentration, other relevant courses, including special topics courses, study abroad, and internships (maximum 3 credits), may be applied to a concentration with prior written approval from the director.

Concentration in the Environment (EVT)

Students may complete this concentration through 12 credits of regular coursework or through the Smithsonian-Mason Semester Program (15-16 credits).

Regular Coursework
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Environment and Culture
Biology and Society (Mason Core)
Environmental Economics 1
Economics of Energy
The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (Mason Core)
Human Dimensions of the Environment
Applied Ecology
Introduction to Oceanography
Global Environmental Hazards
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Sustainable Development
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Intermediate Environmental Policy
Intermediate Environmental Policy
Environmental Justice
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
Sustainable Tourism
Total Credits12
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Note the prerequisites for this course: ECON 103 Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core) and ECON 104 Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core)

Smithsonian-Mason Semester Program

Students complete 15-16 credits offered through the Mason Center for Conservation Studies in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Zoo Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Students may choose to focus their study on "Conservation, Biodiversity and Society", "Wildlife Ecology and Conservation", or "Endangered Species Conservation". Students take the courses in the selected focus area together in one semester, living on site at the institute in Front Royal, VA. Students who apply this coursework to the concentration cannot also apply it to the minor in Conservation Studies.

Select one of the following focus areas:15-16
Conservation, Biodiversity and Society option (16 credits):
Conservation in Practice
Conservation Theory
Applied Conservation
Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)
RS: Integrated Conservation Strategies (Mason Core)
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation option (15 credits):
Offered only in Fall semesters, students complete four required courses:
Conservation Seminar
Biodiversity Monitoring
Landscape and Macrosystems Ecology
Research in Conservation
Endangered Species and Conservation option (15 credits)
Offered only in Spring semesters, students complete four required courses:
Conservation Seminar
Small Population Management
RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core)
Research in Conservation
Total Credits15-16

Concentration in Global Economy and Management (GEM)

In this concentration, students explore marketing, managing, financing, and networking dimensions of the globalizing world economy. Students will take classes on economic policies of national governments and international organizations as well as operations of non-government market actors.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Money and Banking
Economics of Developing Areas (Mason Core)
Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core)
African Economic Development (Mason Core)
Economies in Transition (Mason Core)
International Economics (Mason Core)
International Financial Management
International Political Economy
Money, Markets and Economic Policy (Mason Core)
IT in the Global Economy (Mason Core)
Cross Cultural and Global Management
Global Marketing
Managing Information in a Global Economy
Marketing in a Global Economy
Introduction to International Business (Mason Core)
Special Topics: Business Minor
Legal Environment of Business 1
Commercial Law 1
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12
1

BULE courses require the approval of the director.

Concentration in Global Governance (GLGV)

In this concentration students explore how national governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations interact to identify, understand, and address global issues. Coursework covers such topics as transnational challenges, theories of international relations, global institutions, international law and ethics, international security, and conflict. Students are expected to garner theoretical and practical understanding of the ways in which national and transnational actors approach global problems.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Political Anthropology (Mason Core)
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Political Geography
Diplomacy
International Political Economy
American Foreign Policy
American Security Policy
International Security
Politics and the Mass Media
Democracy in Global Perspective
Human Rights
International Law and Organization
Revolution and International Politics
Ethics and International Politics
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Refugee and Internal Displacement
An Experiential Approach to American Foreign Policy
Power, Politics, and Society
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Global Inequalities and Responses (GIR)

This concentration addresses global social issues and the steps actors such as non-profits, social movements, and international organizations take to address these issues. Courses cover human rights, refugee crises, gender violence, racial discrimination, and economic inequality from both historical and contemporary perspectives and in different parts of the world. Students are expected to acquire the skills to analyze complex social problems and to be able to formulate effective strategies to address these.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Human Variation
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Human Rights and Inequality
Law and Justice around the World (Mason Core)
Health and Disease
Culture, Sexuality and the Global AIDS Epidemic
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Politics of Race and Gender
Comparative Slavery
Social Movements and Community Activism
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Social Movements and Political Protest
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Contemporary Gender Relations
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Representations of Women (Mason Core)
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Human Security (HMSC)

This concentration is designed to conceptualize security beyond the boundaries of national security and to promote a more comprehensive understanding of "human security" in its multiple facets, including: food and health (famine and infectious disease), environmental security (natural disasters and climate change), and economic security (development). Coursework addresses these and other themes and draws on government, sociology, criminology, environmental science and policy, and other fields. Students are expected to garner an understanding of the sources of insecurity in today's world.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Refugees (Mason Core)
Comparative Perspectives on Immigration
Social Dynamics of Terrorism, Security, and Justice
Theory and Politics of Terrorism
Economics of Developing Areas (Mason Core)
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change
Health and Disease
Global Health Interventions: History and Systems
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
American Security Policy
International Security
Surveillance and Privacy in Contemporary Society
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
Conflict, Trauma and Healing
Medicine, Justice, and Public Policy
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Social Structure and Globalization (Mason Core)
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in International Development (IDEV)

In this concentration, students examine international development, its challenges, and how these are addressed by governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Coursework covers development economics, the politics of developing regions and transitional economies, the social consequences of global inequality, public health and health-related development issues, humanitarian relief, and more. Students are expected to gain the knowledge and skills to prepare them for work in the development sector or for further specialized studies in international development.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Refugees (Mason Core)
Economics of Developing Areas (Mason Core)
Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core)
African Economic Development (Mason Core)
Global Health (Mason Core)
Global Health Interventions: History and Systems
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Sustainable Development
Political Development and Change
Democracy in Global Perspective
Human Rights
International Law and Organization
Interventions for Populations and Communities at Risk
Conservation Biology
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Ethical Issues in Global Health
Sustainable Tourism
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Media, Communication, and Culture (MCC)

In this concentration, students examine historic trends and recent changes in media and communication technologies as well as their cultural contexts. Coursework includes critical analysis of media content, comparison of global media infrastructures and systems of political communication, discussion of the foundations of intercultural communication, and more. Students are expected to gain an understanding of the role of media and communication in shaping and responding to global issues of concern.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)
Language and Culture
Work, Technology, and Society: An IT Perspective (Mason Core)
Hip Hop Culture
Media and Society
Foundations of Intercultural Communication (Mason Core)
Issues in Intercultural Communication
Media Criticism
Politics and the Mass Media
Comparative Mass Media (Mason Core)
Global Perspectives: World Dance Forms (Mason Core)
Folklore and Folklife
Global Voices (Mason Core)
The Idea of a World Literature (Mason Core)
World Literatures in English
Topics in World Literature (Mason Core)
Topics in World Cinema (Mason Core)
Modern Telecommunications
Introduction to Multimedia
Digital Futures
When Cultural Worlds Collide
Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology (Mason Core)
Sociology of Culture
World Stages (Mason Core)
or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Africa (AFR)

This concentration focuses on the societies of Africa, their history, culture, economics, and politics, including the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial experiences. Course options include African diaspora experiences. Upon completion of this concentration, students will have an in-depth understanding of Africa as an international actor, African contributions (past and present) to global society, the political and economic challenges facing the continent today, and African solutions to problems such as civil wars and inequality.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Survey of African Art (Mason Core)
African Economic Development (Mason Core)
Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present
History of South Africa (Mason Core)
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Asia (ASA)

This concentration emphasizes Asia's increasingly significant role in contemporary global issues as well as its historical contexts. The courses in this concentration cover the economic, social, and political issues that confront the Asia-Pacific region (that is, East and Southeast Asian countries).  Students interested in anthropology, history, art history, government, and religious studies should consider this concentration.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia (Mason Core)
Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core)
Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)
Arts of India (Mason Core)
Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)
Arts of China (Mason Core)
Arts of Japan (Mason Core)
The Silk Road (Mason Core)
Survey of Chinese Literature (Mason Core)
Modern Chinese Literature in Translation (Mason Core)
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Contemporary Chinese Film
Government and Politics of Asia
Government and Politics of Russia
Chinese Foreign Policy
Political Economy of East Asia
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)
History of Traditional China
Modern China
Modern Japan (Mason Core)
Postwar Japan (Mason Core)
Post-1949 China (Mason Core)
Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)
Japanese Cinema
Religions of Asia (Mason Core)
Hinduism (Mason Core)
Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions
Buddhism (Mason Core)
Daoism
Russian Civilization (Mason Core)
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Europe (EU)

This concentration is designed to equip students with a deep and broad understanding of politics, history, culture, religion, and the arts in Europe as well as Europe's lasting legacies across the globe. Coursework includes broad surveys on government, geography, literature, and economics as well as special topics courses on the Renaissance, World Wars I and II, and nationalism in Eastern Europe. Upon completion of this concentration, students will have the ability to think critically about how historical processes and current events in Europe not only impact Europeans, but also the global community at large.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 (Mason Core)
Nineteenth-Century European Art (Mason Core)
Twentieth-Century European Art (Mason Core)
British and Irish Drama after 1900
Continental Fiction, 1880-1950
Major French Writers (Topic Varies) (Mason Core)
French and Francophone Cinema
Major Writers (Mason Core)
Survey of German Literature
Modern Literature: 1925 to the Present
Geography of Europe
Government and Politics of Europe
Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America
Government and Politics of Russia
Western Europe in the Middle Ages
The Renaissance
The Reformation
Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe
Nineteenth-Century Europe
Europe in Crisis: 1914-1948
Nationalism in Eastern Europe
History of Germany
Modern Britain
European Society and Culture: 19th and 20th Centuries
Russian Civilization (Mason Core)
Introduction to Spanish Culture
Major Hispanic Writers (Mason Core)
Spanish Civilization and Culture
Medieval and Early Modern Literature of Spain
Modern and Contemporary Literature of Spain
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Latin America (LA)

This concentration is designed to provide students with an overview of Latin America and its diaspora. Course options include broad surveys of Latin American history, art, literature, music, culture, and politics, as well as courses that provide in-depth exploration of topics such as colonialism, economic development, political movements, race and ethnicity, migration, and aesthetic trends. Upon completion of this concentration, students will have an in-depth understanding of Latin America as an international actor, Latin American contributions (past and present) to global society, and the political and economic challenges faced by the region.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core)
Ancient Mesoamerica (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)
Twentieth-Century Latin American Art (Mason Core)
Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core)
Geography of Latin America
Government and Politics of Latin America
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)
Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)
Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)
History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America
Introduction to Latin American Culture (Mason Core)
Major Hispanic Writers (Mason Core)
Introduction to Latina/o Studies (Mason Core)
Introduction to Hispanic Literary Analysis
Latin American Civilization and Culture (Mason Core)
The Literature of Spanish America
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Middle East and North Africa (MNA)

This concentration provides students with a contemporary and historical perspective on the politics, economics, and religious diversity of the Middle East and North Africa. Coursework includes broad surveys as well as courses on specific topics such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, francophone literature from North Africa, politics and Islam, and art and archeology of the ancient Near East. Upon completion of this concentration, students are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the current state of the Middle East and North Africa and how this state has developed historically.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core)
Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)
Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)
The Silk Road (Mason Core)
Topics in North African Francophone Literature and Culture
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Islam and Politics
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)
Modern Iran (Mason Core)
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)
The Middle East in the 20th Century
Religions of the West (Mason Core)
Islam
Judaism from Exile to Talmud
Sufism
Qur'an and Hadith
Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in North America (NA)

In this concentration, students explore the multifaceted development of the United States and its relationship with its North American neighbors. Coursework includes historical examinations of pre-American culture, as well as in-depth surveys of political, economic, cultural, and artistic developments in United States. Upon completion of this concentration, students will have the ability to critically assess how the US has influenced and been influenced by European and non-European societies and traditions, knowledge of the development of American government and its consequences within and beyond North America, and an appreciation of the role of arts and literature in American culture.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Native North Americans
American Architecture and Material Culture
Studies in 18th- and 19th-Century Art of the United States (Mason Core)
Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States (Mason Core)
Recent American Fiction
Recent American Poetry
Geography of the United States
Public Law and the Judicial Process
Legislative Behavior
The American Presidency
Ethnic Politics in Western Europe and North America
American Political Thought
Postwar United States, 1945-1973
United States since 1973
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present
U.S. Women's History
History of the Old South
The South since 1865
War and American Society
Seminar: The Future of Metropolitan America
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Concentration in Russia and Central Asia (RCA)

This concentration provides students contemporary and historical perspectives on the political, economic, and cultural climates and trends in Russia and Central Asia. Upon completion of this concentration, students will not only have the skills to critically assess the impacts of Soviet-era legacies on newly independent political systems, economies in transition, and re-emerging cultural traditions, but also knowledge of pre-Soviet sociocultural and political environments in Russia and Central Asia.

Select 12 credits from the following:12
The Silk Road (Mason Core)
Economies in Transition (Mason Core)
Geography of the Soviet Succession States
Government and Politics of Russia
Central Asian Politics
Revolution and International Politics
The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II
Rise of Russia (Mason Core)
Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)
The Russian Revolution
Major Russian Writers (Mason Core)
A Survey of Russian Literature (Mason Core)
A Survey of Russian Literature (Mason Core)
Russian Civilization (Mason Core)
Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (Mason Core)
Russian Drama and Theater
Russian Poetry
Topics in (Post) Soviet Film
Or other course approved by the program director
Total Credits12

Individualized Concentration (IND)

Students who wish to design their own concentration must submit a one-page proposal and create a curriculum plan to be approved by the director.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in global affairs may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing EVPP 337 Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries.

Upper Level Requirement

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

College Level Requirements in the BA Degree

In addition to the Mason Core program, students pursuing a BA degree must complete the coursework below. Except where expressly prohibited, a course used to fulfill a college level requirement may also be used simultaneously to satisfy other requirements (Mason Core requirements or requirements for the major).

Philosophy or Religious Studies
Select 3 credits from the following:3
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Note that the following courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement:

  • PHIL 323 Classical Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 324 Modern Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 327 Contemporary Western Political Theory 
  • PHIL 393 Humanities College to Career 
  • PHIL 460 Senior Seminar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics


Additionally, PHIL 253 Philosophy and Literature (Mason Core) and RELI 235 Religion and Literature (Mason Core) cannot be used to fulfill both the philosophy/religious studies requirement and the Mason Core literature requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select 3 credits of social and behavioral sciences from the following (additional to the Mason Core social and behavioral sciences requirement) 13
ANTH
CRIM
ECON
GOVT
HIST 2
LING
PSYC
SOCI
Or choose from the following GGS courses:
Major World Regions (Mason Core)
Human Geography (Mason Core)
Introduction to Geoinformation Technologies
Political Geography
Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Economic Geography
Urban Geography
Geography of the United States
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Europe
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
Geography of the Soviet Succession States
Structures in Urban Governance and Planning
Geography of Virginia
1

The two courses used to fulfill the combined college and Mason Core requirements must be from different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. 

2

HIST 100 History of Western Civilization (Mason Core) and HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Foreign Language
Intermediate-level proficiency in one foreign language, fulfilled by: 1
Or achieving a satisfactory score on an approved proficiency test
Or completing the following ASL three course sequence:
American Sign Language (ASL) I
American Sign Language (ASL) II
American Sign Language (ASL) III
1

Students who are already proficient in a second language may be eligible for a waiver of this requirement. Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Non-Western Culture

Select 3 credits of an approved course in the study of a non-Western culture (additional to the Mason Core requirement in global understanding)

Select 3 credits (additional to Mason Core Global Understanding requirement) 1
ANTH 114Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Mason Core)3
ANTH 300Civilizations3
ANTH 301Native North Americans3
ANTH 302Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (Mason Core)3
ANTH 303Peoples and Cultures of the Andes3
ANTH 306Peoples and Cultures of Island Asia (Mason Core)3
ANTH 307Ancient Mesoamerica (Mason Core)3
ANTH 308Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East (Mason Core)3
ANTH 309Peoples and Cultures of India (Mason Core)3
ANTH 313Myth, Magic, and Mind (Mason Core)3
ANTH 314Zombies3
ANTH 316Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean (Mason Core)3
ANTH 323Digging and Dealing in the Dead: Ethics in Archaeology3
ANTH 330Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western3
ANTH 332Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (Mason Core)3
ANTH 381Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 383Cities of the Global South3
ANTH 396Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core)3
ARAB 360Topics in Arabic Cultural Production3
ARAB 420Survey of Arabic Literature3
ARAB 440Topics in Arabic Religious Thought and Texts (Mason Core)3
ARTH 203Survey of Asian Art (Mason Core)3
ARTH 204Survey of Latin American Art (Mason Core)3
ARTH 206Survey of African Art (Mason Core)3
ARTH 318Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ARTH 319Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Mason Core)3
ARTH 320Art of the Islamic World (Mason Core)3
ARTH 382Arts of India (Mason Core)3
ARTH 383Arts of Southeast Asia (Mason Core)3
ARTH 384Arts of China (Mason Core)3
ARTH 385Arts of Japan (Mason Core)3
ARTH 386The Silk Road (Mason Core)3
ARTH 482RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art3
CHIN 318Introduction to Classical Chinese (Mason Core)3
CHIN 320Contemporary Chinese Film3
CHIN 325Major Chinese Writers (Mason Core)3
DANC 118World Dance (Mason Core)3
ECON 361Economic Development of Latin America (Mason Core)3
ECON 362African Economic Development (Mason Core)3
FREN 451Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture3
FREN 454Topics in Caribbean Francophone Literature and Culture3
GGS 101Major World Regions (Mason Core)3
GGS 316Geography of Latin America3
GGS 325Geography of North Africa and the Middle East3
GGS 330Geography of the Soviet Succession States3
GGS 399Select Topics in GGS3
GOVT 328Non-Western Political Theory3
GOVT 332Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa3
GOVT 333Government and Politics of Asia3
GOVT 340Central Asian Politics3
GOVT 341Chinese Foreign Policy3
GOVT 345Islam and Politics3
GOVT 432Political Change and Social Development in Sub-Saharan Africa3
GOVT 433Political Economy of East Asia3
HIST 251Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)3
HIST 252Survey of East Asian History (Mason Core)3
HIST 261Survey of African History (Mason Core)3
HIST 262Survey of African History (Mason Core)3
HIST 271Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)3
HIST 272Survey of Latin American History (Mason Core)3
HIST 281Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)3
HIST 282Survey of Middle Eastern Civilization (Mason Core)3
HIST 326Stalinism3
HIST 327The Soviet Union and Russia Since World War II3
HIST 328Rise of Russia (Mason Core)3
HIST 329Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (Mason Core)3
HIST 353History of Traditional China3
HIST 354Modern China3
HIST 356Modern Japan (Mason Core)3
HIST 357Postwar Japan (Mason Core)3
HIST 358Post-1949 China (Mason Core)3
HIST 360History of South Africa (Mason Core)3
HIST 364Revolution and Radical Politics in Latin America (Mason Core)3
HIST 365Conquest and Colonization in Latin America (Mason Core)3
HIST 366Comparative Slavery3
HIST 367History, Fiction, and Film in Latin America3
HIST 387Topics in Global History (Mason Core)3-6
HIST 426The Russian Revolution3
HIST 460Modern Iran (Mason Core)3
HIST 461Arab-Israeli Conflict3
HIST 462Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)3
HIST 465The Middle East in the 20th Century3
JAPA 310Japanese Culture in a Global World (Mason Core)3
JAPA 340Topics in Japanese Literature (Mason Core)3
KORE 320Korean Popular Culture in a Global World3
MUSI 103Musics of the World (Mason Core)3
RELI 211Religions of the West (Mason Core)3
RELI 212Religions of Asia (Mason Core)3
RELI 240Death and the Afterlife in World Religions3
RELI 272Islam3
RELI 313Hinduism (Mason Core)3
RELI 314Chinese Philosophies and Religious Traditions3
RELI 315Buddhism (Mason Core)3
RELI 337Mysticism: East and West3
RELI 365Muhammad: Life and Legacy3
RELI 374Islamic Thought (Mason Core)3
RELI 375Qur'an and Hadith3
RELI 379Islamic Law, Society, and Ethics3
RELI 387Islam, Democracy, and Human Rights3
RELI 490Comparative Study of Religions (Mason Core)3
RUSS 353Russian Civilization (Mason Core)3
RUSS 354Contemporary Post-Soviet Life (Mason Core)3
1

A course used to fulfill the Mason Core global understanding requirement may not be simultaneously used to satisfy this college-level requirement. A course used to fulfill this requirement may be used simultaneously to fulfill any other requirements (Mason Core requirements, college-level requirements, or requirements for the major). Additional information on waivers can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.

Honors in the Major

Highly qualified students may pursue advanced work leading to graduation with honors in the major. Global Affairs majors who have completed 75 credits with an overall GPA of 3.50 and a GPA of 3.50 in courses for the major are eligible to apply to graduate with honors.

Students pursuing honors in the major must complete a two-course honors sequence GLOA 491 Honors Seminar in Global Affairs and GLOA 492 Honors Research Project in Global Affairs with a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the sequence. Not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements are guaranteed acceptance.

The accelerated master's programs listed below specify the BA in global affairs as a feeder degree for their programs. It is important to note, however, that many accelerated master's programs are available for any bachelor's degree at Mason, including this one. See the full list of master's degrees with accelerated programs at George Mason. In addition, as a student with a BA in global affairs you may be particularly interested in the accelerated MA in global affairs.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Middle East and Islamic Studies, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates pursuing a BA in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in Middle East and Islamic studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in Middle East and Islamic studies after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

It is preferred, though not required, that the student have a minor in Middle East studies or Islamic studies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MA in Middle East and Islamic studies, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two courses from the following:6
Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History
Politics and Societies of the Middle East
Islamic Texts and Contexts
Total Credits6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select up to 6 additional graduate credits from the following:6
Critical Issues and Debates in Middle East and Islamic Studies
Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History
Advanced Seminar in Comparative Politics (when content focus is the Middle East)
Islam and Politics
Islamic Texts and Contexts
Total Credits6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Religion, Culture, and Values Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in selected majors (see below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

If the student has not majored in religious studies, it is preferred, though not required, that the student have a minor in religious studies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two from the following:6
Approaches to the Study of Religion
Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
World Religions in Transition and Transformation
Religion and the Natural Environment
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Total Credits6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Approaches to the Study of Religion
Sacred as Secular in Modern Spirituality
World Religions in Conflict and Dialogue
Ethical Perspectives of World Religions
World Religions in Transition and Transformation
Religion and the Natural Environment
Sacred Language, Scripture, and Culture
Total Credits6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Bachelor's Degree (Green Leaf)/Environmental Science and Policy, Accelerated MS

Overview

This degree option allows highly qualified George Mason University students to earn an Environmental Science and Policy, MS in less time than if they had first graduated with an environmentally-focused Green Leaf-designated BA or BS degree and then applied to the MS program sequentially.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students with an overall GPA of at least 3.20 who are pursuing any Green Leaf-designated major or minor may apply for provisional acceptance into this accelerated master's program after completing two semesters of chemistry (including CHEM 211 General Chemistry I (Mason Core) and CHEM 212 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)) and three semesters of biology, including a course in ecology, or the equivalent, for example:

Select one of the following options:13
Option 1:
Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)
Biostatistics for Biology Majors
Foundations of Ecology and Evolution
Option 2:
Environmental Biology: Molecules and Cells
Environmental Science: Biological Diversity and Ecosystems
Environmental Science: Biomes and Human Dimensions
Environmental Microbiology Essentials
Environmental Microbiology Essentials Laboratory
Option 3:
Conservation Theory
Applied Conservation
6 credits of 6 credits of BIOL or CONS electives
Option 4:
Ecology and Conservation Theory
Biodiversity Monitoring
BIOL or CONS electives

By the beginning of the undergraduate's senior year, they should first submit a Graduate Application for Accelerated Master's Program form (obtained from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs). Secondly, in their senior year accelerated master's students must complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in a Green Leaf-designated program, in the semester indicated in the application, they must additionally submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form (found on the Office of the University Registrar website) and will subsequently be admitted into graduate status.

By at least the beginning of their senior year, they should seek out a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy who is willing to serve as their advisor (unless the student is planning to enroll in the MS concentration in Environmental Management). This advisor will aid the student in choosing the appropriate graduate courses to take and help to prepare the student for graduate studies. Admission into a research-oriented master's concentration is dependent upon securing the agreement of a faculty advisor. Faculty from a variety of departments and colleges at George Mason (called "program faculty") can serve as master's advisors. Potential students are encouraged to speak with the graduate program coordinator in the department to obtain guidance on this issue.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at Mason must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Graduate Admission Policies section of this catalog, excluding the GRE exam requirement (which is not required for those enrolled in the accelerated program). This includes three letters of recommendation (at least one from a former professor or someone with a PhD), a recent resume, a statement of interest/research goals and interests (including information on the candidate's proposed MS research), and a letter from their advisor stating that the advisor agrees to take on the candidate as an MS student, how the candidate would be a good fit for them and why candidate's research topic would be suitable (please note that a letter of endorsement from an advisor not necessary for candidates taking the Environmental Management concentration).

For information specific to the accelerated Environmental Science and Policy, MS, see Graduate Admissions on the department's website.

Reserve Graduate Credits

Students admitted to this program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 6 credits of appropriate environmentally-focused graduate coursework may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree. If students earn at least a 3.00 GPA in these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master's program and must then complete an additional 27-31 credits to receive the master's degree. 

To apply these credits to the master's degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form found on the Office of the University Registrar website (as noted above).

Students may take up to 6 additional environmentally-focused graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree but will reduce the subsequent master's degree credits accordingly (e.g., with 6 credits counted towards undergraduate degree plus the maximum 6 reserve credits, an MS could be completed with 21 post-bachelor's credits). The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department.