Global Studies Concentration

Program Description

This program explores the complex global issues facing our world in the 21st century. It is built around the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Global Challenges project which uses the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Seven Revolutions framework. IDS 805 Global Challenges was created in collaboration with several scholars from institutions around the USA. The seven areas of future global challenge include: population, resources, technology, information, economies, conflict, and governance. All seven challenges will be introduced in IDS 805 Global Challenges which will be required before taking other courses in the concentration. Additional concentration courses will focus upon more knowledge acquisition in each challenge area.

Additional Program Admissions Requirements

This concentration requires a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours. The program has established these deadlines for priority application consideration:

Fall - March 31
Spring - October 31

Program Curriculum


  • IDS 801 Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (1 Credit Hour)
  • IDS 802 Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 803 Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 804 Information Literacy (3 Credit Hours)


  • IDS 805 Global Challenges* (3 Credit Hours)
  • Choose 15 credits from the list below. No more than 6 credits from any one department. (15 Credit Hours)

  • ECFI 644 International Economics
    HHP 610 Global Health
    INT 660 Global Telecommunications Policy
    INT 610 Public Policy, Law, and Ethics in INT
    INT 684 Foundations of Information Systems Security
    LDRS 802 Organizational Systems, Change and Leadership
    POLS 611 Policy Analysis
    POLS 630 International Organizations and World Politics
    POLS 631 American Foreign Policy
    POLS 632 Problems and Issues in World Politics
    SOC 681 NGOs: Global Social Innovation
    Elective Course Approved by Advisor

Culminating Experience

  • IDS 820 Projects in Liberal/Professional Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    * students must successfully complete IDS 805 before enrolling in other concentration courses.

TOTAL: 31 Credit Hours

Program Contact/Advisor

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