Global Studies Consortium

Arizona State University : School of Global Studies

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Established 2005
Key features

The School of Global Studies at ASU serves global, national, local and academic communities by spearheading new intellectual perspectives that work toward solving the problems that arise when people seek a higher quality of life in shared and contested global space.

Contestation in global space has been studied within many social science disciplines; however, the problems are complex and beyond the purview of a single discipline. For this reason, the School of Global Studies at ASU differs from peer programs in at least four respects:

  • We combine multiple area expertise with an analytical focus on global problems. We see many of the problems facing the world today as interrelated and shaped by common global conditions and hence do not concentrate on particular geographical areas or problems in isolation.
  • At the same time, we appreciate that these problems are shaped by history and take different forms in different localities and cultures. The faculty is a blend of social scientists, humanists and practitioners.
  • Because the problems are multifaceted, we bring together many intellectual disciplines, local and regional expertise and theoretical perspectives, working together to create methodologically integrated forms of analysis.
  • We pursue a mode of work that integrates intellectual inquiry and action.
Number of faculty: 13

A number of faculty are shared with other programs, and some have other tenure homes.  There are 10 FTE faculty members.


Degrees awarded
  • BA
Organization of the MA curriculum

The Master of Advanced Studies is under development.

Academic disciplines in curriculum
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Human Development
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Far Eastern Language and Literature
Number of courses: 45

The BA in Global Studies requires 45 semester hours in global studies and track courses. At least 18 hours must be in the upper division.

Required courses

SGS 101 Thinking Globally: The Individual and Authority (3)

SGS 102 Thinking Globally: Technology and Nature in World Settings (3)

SGS 103 Contemporary Global Trends (3)

SGS 394 ST: Professional Development (career courses) (6)

SGS 394 ST: Research Methods (3)

SGS 484 Study Abroad/Internship (6)

SGS 494 ST: Capstone (6)

Required courses total 30

Track course options* (15)

Program total 45

* 2008-09 students must select a track from the following options:  governance, urban systems, development, environment or violence, conflict and human rights.  At least nine semester hours
must be in the upper division, and a three-semester-hour statistics course is required.

Academic schedule

There are two primary academic year periods.  Fall semester begins in late August and runs through December.  Spring semester begins in mid-January and runs till early May.  Summer sessions include 2 five-week sessions (June-July and July-August) and an 8 week session from June to July.  Winter sessions occur in December and January.

Practical education is part of the curriculum.

Through the required internship, the SGS students experience in everyday life the global processes about which they learn in the classroom. They develop critical skills to understand, adapt to, participate in, engage in and contribute to situations that are impacted by global processes. Interns currently gain practical experience by participating in one of the following:  an SGS or other ASU faculty-sponsored academic and direct field work courses offered through ASU Summer Programs or an academic and direct internship program offered through the ASU International Programs Office or through a non-ASU-affiliated organization.

Language(s) of instruction

Courses are taught in:

  • English


Student numbers and profile

The School of Global Studies had seven majors in Spring 2006.  By fall of 2008, a total of 320 majors is expected.


Global Studies Consortium meeting participation:
  • Santa Barbara 2007
  • Tokyo 2008
  • Shanghai 2011