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Updated 2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Goal Area 8: Global Perspective


    One course
    Three credits


To increase students' understanding of the growing interdependence of nations and peoples and develop their ability to apply a comparative perspective to cross-cultural social, economic and political experiences.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills associated with possessing a global perspective, including ability to gather and apply factual information, skill at identifying alternative perceptions, recognition and articulation of value assumptions, analysis of connections between facts and assumptions, etc.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  • describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural aspects of societies in their historical and/or contemporary settings.
  • analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.
  • demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.

Courses that satisfy this goal area include

    ANTH 1110 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
    ARTH 2551 Art History Survey I (4 credits)
    ARTH 2552 Art History Survey II (4 credits)
    CHIN 1111 Elementary Chinese I (4 credits)
    CHIN 1112 Elementary Chinese II (4 credits)
    CRJS 2221 Comparative Justice (3 credits)
    ECON 1500 Historical Development of the Mixed Economy (3 credits)
    *ED 1111 American Sign Language 1 (3 credits)/ML 1111 American Sign Language 1 (3 credits)
    *ED 1112 American Sign Language 2 (3 credits)/ML 1112 American Sign Language 2 (3 credits)
    ENGL 2357 British and World Drama (3 credits)
    ENGL 2358 British and World Poetry (3 credits)
    ENGL 2359 British and World Prose (3 credits)
    ENGL 2410 Myth (3 credits)
    GEOG 1400 World Regional Geography (3 credits)
    GEOG 2200 Introduction to Human Geography (3 credits)
    GEOG 3810 Geography of Europe (3 credits)
    GEOG 3820 Geography of East, South, and Southeast Asia (3 credits)
    GWS 3330 International Gender Issues (3 credits)
    HST 1304 World History I, Prehistory-1500 (3 credits)
    HST 1305 World History II, 1500-Present (3 credits)
    HST 2580 Russia (3 credits)
    HST 2660 Women and History (3 credits)
    HST 2700 The History of World Religions (3 credits)
    HST 3208 Greece And Rome, 1500 BCE-500 CE (3 credits)
    HST 3409 Colonialism and Modernization in the Non-Western World (3 credits)
    HST 3419 East Asia (3 credits)
    HUM 1100 Human Culture and Ideas (3 credits)
    HUM 2160 Polynesian and Native Hawaiian Culture: Hawaii Field Projects (1-3 credits)
    INST 2207 Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (3 credits)
    INST 3210 Reclaiming Turtle Island (3 credits)
    INST 3317 Tribal Government and Leadership (3 credits)
    INTL 1160 Focus On ... (1 credit)
    INTL 2100 Instructed International Tour (1-3 credits)
    INTL 2200 International Study Experience - Humanities (1-3 credits)
    INTL 2300 Comparative International Study Project (1-3 credits)
    INTL 2400 International Study Experience Social Science (1-3 credits)
    MUS 2110 World Music: Western Hemisphere (2 credits)
    MUS 2111 World Music: Eastern Hemisphere (3 credits)
    OJIB 1111 Elementary Ojibwe I (4 credits)
    OJIB 1112 Elementary Ojibwe II (4 credits)
    OJIB 2211 Intermediate Ojibwe I (4 credits)
    OJIB 2212 Intermediate Ojibwe II (4 credits)
    OJIB 3311 Advanced Ojibwe I (4 credits)
    OJIB 3312 Advanced Ojibwe II (4 credits)
    PHIL 2250 Human Nature (3 credits)
    PHIL 2260 Women and Philosophy (3 credits)
    PHIL 3310 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
    PHIL 3360 Asian Philosophy (3 credits)
    PHIL 3390 Marxist Philosophy (3 credits)
    POL 1300 Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
    POL 1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
    PSY 3210 Death and Culture (3 credits)
    SOC 2200 Social Movements and Change (3 credits)
    *SOWK 2110 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)
    SPAN 1111 Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)
    SPAN 1112 Elementary Spanish II (4 credits)
    SPAN 2211 Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
    SPAN 2212 Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits)
    SPAN 3311 Composition and Conversation (3 credits)
    SPAN 3312 Advanced Readings and Conversation (3 credits)
    All-University course numbers 1956 and 2956 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses, subject to approval, and will satisfy this goal area.

    *This course will satisfy Liberal Education at BSU, but does not qualify for inclusion in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as currently interpreted by Minnesota State, and may not be accepted as a Liberal Education course at other Minnesota State institutions or the University of Minnesota.