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Kaley Klaus, MLS Coordinator
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 235

Global Studies Concentration

About the Program

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. The course, IDS 805: Global Challenges, was created in collaboration with several scholars from institutions around the USA. The seven areas of future global challenges include: population, resources, technology, information, economies, conflict, and governance. All seven challenges will be introduced in IDS 805: Global Challenges, which is required before taking other courses in the concentration. Additional concentration courses will focus upon more knowledge acquisition in each challenge area.

In addition to becoming a more intelligent and responsible citizen, students with this degree may enter careers in advocacy, law or legal studies, media, local/state/national government, education, or community programs.

Program Admissions Requirements

This concentration requires a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate credit hours. The personal statement (1-2 pages) should be inspired by the following questions:

  • What does it mean to engage in graduate study?
  • What are three of the most crucial qualities needed to be a graduate student?
  • Describe for us something you're especially proud of having achieved in your life.

The program has established these deadlines for priority application consideration:

Fall - March 31

Spring - October 31

Program Curriculum

MLS Core Courses: 10 credit hours (required)

  • IDS 801: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies 
  • IDS 802: Ways of Knowing in Comparative Perspective 
  • IDS 803: Origins and Implications of the Knowledge Society 
  • IDS 804: Information Literacy 

Concentration Core: 3 credit hours (required)

  • IDS 805: Global Challenges

Students must successfully complete IDS 805 before enrolling in other concentration courses.

Choose five of the following: 15 credit hours

  • ECFI 644: International Economics
  • HHP 610: Global Health
  • INF 610: Public Policy, Law, and Ethics in Telecommunications
  • INF 684: Foundations of Information Systems Security
  • LDRS 802: Organizational Systems, Change and Leadership
  • POLS 611: Policy Analysis
  • POLS 631: American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 632: Problems and Issues in World Politics
  • SOC 681: Non-Governmental Org: Global Social Innovation

Culminating Experience: 3 credit hours

  • IDS 820: Projects in Liberal or Professional Studies 

Total Hours Required: 31 Credit Hours

Program Contact

Contact Dr. Larry Gould to see if the Master of Liberal Studies concentration in Global Studies is right for you. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist, and carefully read the MLS Student Handbook. 

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