Program Content

Curriculum Details & Courses

Students and faculty work together to achieve the objectives defined in the first section of this Global Studies doctoral program guide. The curriculum and other learning experiences include courses and independent research, culminating in a successful defense of a doctoral dissertation. Curriculum Outline (pdf)


Students are required to take 6 credits of core coursework, 12 credits of research methods courses, 36 credits of elective courses (21 credits of which can be transferred from a MA/MS degree program), 6 credits of international learning experience, and dissertation credits. 
Core Courses (6 credits)

GLS 701 Contemporary Global Studies (3 credits)  
The focus of this course will be on the intersection of theory and practice in Global Studies.  None of the main theories of mainstream International Relations, a field that predated the discipline of Global Studies, could have predicted many of the events surrounding the end of the Cold War.  Since then, the field of IR has become a site of serious theoretical critique and debate, with new or previously marginalized theories and approaches gaining attention and contending with the mainstream, even to the point of questioning the very definition of “IR.”  The advent of Global Studies has been, in large part, a response to the disciplinary narrowness of IR and an attempt to develop a new field of interdisciplinary study that can more adequately help us negotiate the changing political, economic and cultural circumstances of the 21st century. In this course, we will focus on the way that theory from Global Studies and International Relations can inform practice and policy.  Each student will select a recent international “event” (a news story, not an “issue”) to follow this semester and use as a case to apply the theories we will be engaging.  By asking how would each theory or approach “see” an “event” or story, we may better understand the value, insights, and limits of each theory in understanding the world and our place in it.

GLS 702 Theoretical Paradigms in Global Studies (3 credits)
The course covers four main theoretical traditions in the study international relations, all of which focus on explaining two phenomena: conflict and cooperation. We will cover realism, liberalism, constructivism, and rationalism. The course will also review classic and contemporary U.S. and European theorizing and research relevant to media, culture, and communication. It is an advanced graduate seminar designed primarily for PhD students Global Studies at UML.
Research Methods Courses (12 credits)

GLS 703 Comparative and International Research (3 credits)
This course develops a student’s understanding of the challenges involved in comparative analysis of issues and data across multiple countries, and provides exposure to major global database resources (e.g. World Bank, UNESCO, UNODC). The course is designed to cultivate and further develop skills in research methods and data analysis as students become practitioners of research addressing a range of global studies issues. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be explored. GLS 703 is a pre-requisite for the three (3) advanced research methods or data analysis courses (3 credits each). Note: Applicants with a strong research methods background can waive the third required methods course and choose an additional elective course instead, based on approval of the Global Studies program committee.
The selection of the additional required 3 advanced research methods courses is based on identified interest and needs of the student in consultation with the student’s advisor. A list of available research methods course will be made available to students by the Program Director. Currently, the following courses are offered by departments in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

07.642 Program Evaluation
07.660 Ethnographic Inquiry
07.704 Qualitative Research Methods
07.705 Survey Research
19.680 Intro to SAS
19.674 Applied Biostatistical Methods
19.689 Advanced Regression Modeling
47.611 Program Evaluation
49.731 Statistics I
49.733 Econometrics I
49.734 Econometrics II
49.735 Cost-Benefit Analysis
CRIM 690 Advanced Regression Analysis
CRIM 691 Advanced Research Design
CRIM 692 Qualitative Research Methods
CRIM 693 Survey Methods
CRIM 695 Program Evaluation Methods
CRIM 790 Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables
CRIM 791 Structural Equation Modeling
CRIM 792 Survival Analysis and Longitudinal Data
CRIM 793 Data Reduction and Factor Analysis

A minimum of 36 credits of elective coursework is required. Up to 21 credits can be transferred from the MA/MS degree to meet these elective course requirements. Each student’s program of study will be different, depending upon his/her professional and academic background, so course/credit transfers are made on a case-by-case basis after the student officially enrolls in the doctoral program.
To meet the requirement for the remaining electives, courses (3 credits each) are chosen from the list provided below. A student’s selection of electives is based on consultation with their faculty advisors. At least 3 courses must be from 1 of the areas of concentration (Security and Human Rights; Socio-Economic Development; or Comparative Cultures) described below, but students are strongly encouraged to take electives across all three areas. After meeting the methodology course requirement (described above), students can take additional advanced research methods courses as electives. Elective courses offered through the Global Studies program will be open to other doctoral students at the University. In addition, courses with an international focus offered in the newly approved UML Ph.D. in Business Administration will be open to the Global Studies students.

Areas of Concentration

Comparative Cultures
This area emphasizes the contributions of the Humanities and Fine Arts to the issues of Global Studies. Humanistic approaches to cultural inquiry offers the chance to examine the etymology and purpose of fundamental terminology and concepts in the field, such as “globalization,” “nation,” “security” or “identity.” It further offers an opportunity to assess the history and historiography of globalization, for one cannot understand this movement’s present and future without analyzing its past and the impact of cultural context. An awareness and understanding of cultures, especially through literature, language, media, and the arts are essential to a holistic understanding of global systems. The increasing conflation of reality and its representation in the media calls for critical analysis of the images broadcast by television, print journalism, and the Internet. With the influx of digital images, debates around the nature of truth are evermore important. The Internet is instrumental in the global diffusion of culture; its capacity for instant transmission of photographs, music and videos is directly connected to social justice and human rights and as a medium for engaging common human expressions. Faculty members within FAHSS Departments have the expertise to address the issues noted above. Specific topics will include the history of globalization, environmental history, and the history of particular regions (e.g., Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia); postcolonial literature and world literature; cultural studies, art history, mass and popular culture; film and visual studies, music and community arts, media and communications.

Courses include:
GLS 712 Media and Global Culture
GLS 714 Globalization, Feminism, & Liberalism
GLS 716 Advanced Seminar in Global History, Politics and Theory
GLS 720 Special Topics Seminar in Comparative Cultures **
GLS 710 Directed Study

** Required course for students in this area of concentration

Security and Human Rights
Drawing primarily from the departments of Political Science and Criminal Justice, topics for research and study in this area include major transnational security threats such as terrorism, criminal networks, human trafficking, weapons of mass destruction proliferation, energy security, maritime security, environmental security, and the global trafficking of drugs, small arms and light weapons and other contraband. Study includes the critical importance of political regime legitimacy, criminal justice systems and the rule of law in order to understand how governments and multinational organizations respond to these and other kinds of security threats. The concept of “human security” and the promotion of justice at the local, national, and international level include human rights, environmental justice, public policy, self-determination, and international law. The Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a concentration in Global Perspectives on Crime and Justice contributes coursework to this area. Faculty members in the Philosophy Department have expertise in human rights and transnational issues that will provide valuable contributions to coursework.

Courses include:
GLS 660 International Perspectives on Crime and Justice
GLS 661 Comparative Criminal Justice
GLS 662 Global Issues and Human Rights and Justice
GLS 663 Prisons: A Global Perspective on Punishment and Rehabilitation
GLS 664 Weapons of Mass Destruction
GLS 665 Seminar on Global Trafficking and Criminal Networks
GLS 666 Terrorist Networks: Al Qaida and Affiliated Groups
GLS 667 Seminar on Security Studies **
GLS 668 Scientific and Technological Dimensions of National Security
GLS 710 Directed Study
GLS 728 Organizational Theory

** Required course for students in this area of concentration

Socio-Economic Development
This area is designed to enhance understanding of economic and social development around the globe. Globalization is enhanced by international trade, foreign investments, world financial markets, migration movements, and technological transfers. All of these factors affect countries growth potential as well as their income distribution. This leads to changes in their citizens’ health, education, poverty, literacy, environment, and sustainability. The Department of Economics provides an essential fundamental contribution to the study of these phenomena. This includes coursework in the causes and consequences of the internationalization of markets for goods, financial capital and labor, in the growth of informal sections and microfinance institutions in emerging market economies, and in the economic implications of environmental changes. Faculty in History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology can offer various courses on topics such as immigration/migration, work and society, and the politics of labor. The role of international organizations, such as the UN or Amnesty International, as well as NGOs, is the subject of courses in Philosophy and Political Science.

Courses include:
49.730 Microeconomics
49.733 Econometrics I
49.734 Econometrics II
GLS 653 Globalization, Work and Health
GLS 710 Directed Study
GLS 711 The World of Things: Consumer Culture in Historical Perspective
GLS 715 International Migration 
GLS 717 Development Economics
GLS 718 International Economics **
GLS 719 Human Capital and Employment in a Global Economy
GLS 720 The Role of Government in a Global Economy
GLS 728 Organizational Theory
GLS 730 Microeconomics  
GLS 731 Seminar on Global Environmental Issues 
GLS 732 Seminar on poverty, discrimation and public
** Required course for students in this area of concentration