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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog | 20253

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)
    ANTH 2610 Women around the World (3 credits)
    ANTH 2710 Anthropology of World Religions (3 credits)
    ANTH 3280 Bollywood: Films and Culture of India (3 credits)
    ANTH 3400 Anthropology of Current World Issues - Religion and Nationalism (3 credits)
    ARTH 2551 Art History Survey I (4 credits)
    ARTH 2552 Art History Survey II (4 credits)
    COMM 3120 Communication in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
    ECON 1500 Historical Development of the Mixed Economy (3 credits)
    ECON 3925 People of the Environment: Economic Perspective (3 credits)
    ENGL 2357 British Literature to 1800 (3 credits)
    ENGL 2358 Diverse British Literatures from 1800 to Present (3 credits)
    ENGL 2370 World Literature to 1600 (3 credits)
    ENGL 2377 World Literature from 1600 to Present (3 credits)
    ENGL 2410 Myth (3 credits)
    ENVR 3710 Indigenous Environmental Knowledge: Global Perspective (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)
    GEOG 3840 Geography of Africa (3 credits)
    GEOG 3850 Geography of the Middle East (3 credits)
    GEOG 3860 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean (3 credits)
    GER 1111 Elementary German I (4 credits)
    GER 1112 Elementary German II (4 credits)
    GER 2211 Intermediate German I (3 credits)
    GER 2212 Intermediate German II (3 credits)
    GWS 1110 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 credits)
    HST 1304 World History I, Prehistory-1500 (3 credits)
    HST 1305 World History II, 1500-Present (3 credits)
    HST 2660 Women and History (3 credits)
    HUM 1100 Human Culture and Ideas (3 credits)
    HUM 2108 World Religions in Literature and Art (3 credits)
    INST 3710 Indigenous Environmental Knowledge: Global Perspective (3 credits)
    JUST 3407 Global Perspectives in Victimology (3 credits)
    MUS 2117 World Music (2 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)
    PHIL 2250 Human Nature (3 credits)
    PHIL 2260 Women and Gender in Philosophy (3 credits)
    PHIL 3310 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
    PHIL 3360 Asian Philosophy (3 credits)
    POL 1300 Introduction to International Relations (3 credits)
    POL 1400 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 credits)
    PSY 3210 Death and Culture (4 credits)
    SOC 3210 Social Movements - How to Change the World (3 credits)
    SOC 3250 Religion and Politics: A Sociological Analysis (3 credits)
    SOC 3925 People of the Environment: Sociology Perspective (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 (4 credits)
    SPAN 3300 Study Abroad (1-18 credits)
    SPAN 3311 Advanced Spanish Communication I (4 credits)
    SPAN 3312 Advanced Spanish Communication II (4 credits)
    SPAN 3317 Topics in Latin America (3 credits)
    SPAN 3320 Latin America and Spain Through Cinema (1-3 credits)
    SPAN 3330 Traditional Folk Art of the Spanish-speaking World (3 credits)
    SPAN 3830 Voices of Women in the Spanish-speaking World (3 credits)
    SPAN 3840 Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-speaking World (3 credits)
    SPAN 3850 Art and Conflict in Spain and Latin America (3 credits)
    SPAN 3870 Intensive Immersion Practicum: Concordia Language Villages (1-12 credits)
    TADD 2100 History, Philosophy, and Application of Color (3 credits)
    TADD 3350 History of Modern Art & Design: 1820-1950 (3 credits)
    TADD 3360 History of Contemporary Art & Design: Present-1950 (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.