MA in Global Affairs

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

Green Leaf

The Global Affairs, MA is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to engage in advanced study of a broad range of global issues. Students complete a core curriculum that provides the knowledge and skills to think and act globally. Students also pursue specializations that include relevant courses from academic departments across the university. All students in the program take part in a residency abroad, typically two weeks in duration, and complete a capstone seminar. Graduates enter the workforce or move forward in their already-established international and domestic careers in the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and business.

This is a Green Leaf program.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

This is a Green Leaf program.

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

Core Courses

GLOA 600 Global Competencies 3
GLOA 605 Interdisciplinary Research Methods 3
GLOA 610 Economic Globalization and Development 3
GLOA 615 Case Studies in Globalization 3
GLOA 710 Seminar Abroad 3
Total Credits 15

Specialization

Students choose to specialize in one of eight fields by completing 12 credits in that field selected from the courses listed. The specialization is developed in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to design their own specialization must submit a one-page proposal and receive written approval from the director. Specialization courses must come from at least two academic disciplines.

Global Conflict and Security

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
BIOD 610
Advanced Topics in Global Health Security (minimum of 3 credits)  
BIOD 621
Ethics and International Security  
BIOD 705
Intelligence: Theory and Practice  
BIOD 706
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security  
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control  
BIOD 722
Examining Terrorist Groups  
BIOD 725
Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction  
Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution  
Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization Contexts  
World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution  
Diversity and Difference in Conflict Analysis and Resolution  
Leadership in Conflict Analysis and Resolution  
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution  
Globalization and International Conflict  
GOVT 742
International Negotiation  
GOVT 745
International Security  
PUAD 634
Management of International Security  
International Conflict and Crisis Response  
Peace and Stabilization Operations  
or other course approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 12

Global Culture and Society

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Environmental Anthropology  
Regional Ethnography  
Culture, Power, and Conflict  
Gender and Violence  
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution  
Seminar in Global Culture  
GOVT 530
Comparative Politics  
GOVT 725
Democratic Theory  
GOVT 739
Issues in Comparative and International Politics  
Approaches to Modern World History  
Problems in Comparative World History  
Problems in American History  
Topics in World Musics  
Interreligious Dialogue  
Issues in Religious Ethics  
Culture and Globalization  
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives  
SPMT 551
Sport in the Global Marketplace  
Transnational Issues of Gender and Race  
or other course approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 12

Global Economics and Development

This specialization is best suited for students with an academic background in economics or for students who have taken microeconomics, macroeconomics, and calculus with a minimum grade of 3.00 in all three.

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Conflict in Development  
Microeconomic Theory  
Microeconomic Theory II  
Macroeconomic Theory  
Comparative Economic Systems  
Environmental Policy  
GOVT 743
International Political Economy  
Global Political Economy  
Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy  
Global Financial Crises and Institutions  
Global Trade Relations  
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy  
Political Economy and Integration in Latin America  
PUAD 504
Managing in the International Arena: Theory and Practice  
Total Credits 12

Global Education

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners  
Education and Culture  
Theories of Learning and Cognition  
Culture and Intelligence  
Seminar in Global Culture  
Society and Education  
Or other course approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 12

Global Governance and Public Management

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
BIOD 709
Nonproliferation and Arms Control  
GOVT 540
International Relations  
GOVT 631
Seminar in Comparative Politics and Institutions  
GOVT 741
Advanced Seminar in International Politics  
GOVT 742
International Negotiation  
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy  
European Political and Economic Union  
PUAD 636
The NGO: Policy and Management  
PUAD 701
Cross-Cultural and Ethical Dimensions of International Management  
Governance and Policy Processes  
Theory and Practice in Public Policy  
Global Governance  
Or other course approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 12

Global Health

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Intercultural Health and Risk Communication  
Global Health  
Environmental Health  
HIV/AIDS: Concepts, Principles, and Interventions  
Health Program Planning and Evaluation  
Global Infectious Diseases  
U.S. and Global Public Health Systems  
Health Geography  
World Food and Population  
Comparative International Health Systems  
NUTR 630
Global Nutrition  
Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice  
Global Threats and Medical Policies  
Or other course approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 12

Global Media and Information Technology

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Theories of Public Relations  
New Technologies in the Global Economy  
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy  
Culture, Organization, and Technology  
Telecommunications Policy  
International Migration and Public Policy  
Or other course approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 12

Global Population and Geography

Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Environmental Anthropology  
Transportation Geography  
Issues in Regional Geography  
Health Geography  
Geospatial Science Fundamentals  
World Food and Population  
Selected Topics in Geography  
Spatial Agent-Based Models of Human-Environment Interactions  
Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis for Public Policy  
Immigration Policy  
Or other course approved by the program director
 
Total Credits 12

Capstone Seminar

GLOA 720 Capstone Research Seminar 3
Total Credits 3

Foreign Languages, MA and Global Affairs, MA Dual Degree

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking foreign languages or global affairs with another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs.

Students approved to pursue a dual master's program linking the foreign languages MA with a concentration in French, Spanish, or Spanish bilingual/multicultural education with the global affairs MA can share 12 credits between the two programs. Application to the second master's program should be pursued with consultation of the directors of both programs. Admission to the second master's program will require that the student has met the minimum prerequisites for admissions to the second program.