Global Studies Concentration
Through a combination of focused faculty-based advising, high-impact experiences, traditional coursework and rigorous assessment, a concentration in global studies will help you:
- Move beyond seeing "global" as exclusively "foreign" and to place yourself and your community in webs of natural, economic, cultural and social connections that defy geopolitical borders.
- Engage rigorously with difference and challenge your own assumptions about the world and your position in it.
- Make complex connections from multiple disciplinary perspectives on important global issues.
The concentration requires students to bring together courses from across the Whitman curriculum to align with their interests. Students can select from a broad list of courses currently offered on campus to fulfill the required coursework in the following three thematic areas.
- Global Systems and Histories: Whether through the lens of international trade and finance, histories of colonialism and empire, or climate thermodynamics, these courses help students learn to identify and analyze social, cultural, political and environmental systems that connect (and divide) our world.
- Global Circulations and Movements: In these courses, students learn to trace and analyze flows of commodities, ideas, money and people across geopolitical borders. They help prepare students to navigate a world increasingly defined by the inclusions and exclusions created by globe-spanning hyper-mobility.
- Global Places and Events: In these courses, students will identify and analyze the way the places, regions and other geographies are forged through their global connections. These courses help students understand and confront major challenges and opportunities faced by specific sites in a globalized world.
Below is a brief overview of the concentration requirements. For complete requirements, download this document.
- Advising: Choose one concentration-affiliated faculty member to meet with at least four times during your studies, including once at the beginning to plan your concentration and once at the end to assess your learning. Students must declare the concentration before the end of the second week of the fall semester their senior year.
- Global thematic area: Complete at least one course from the list of courses in each of the following thematic areas. No more than one course from a single department may be used when meeting this requirement. Download the course list.
- Global engagement, analysis and reflection: Complete at least one item from each area.
- Language Immersions: Six credits of language study.
- Off-Campus Education: One semester in a country other than the U.S., a Crossroads Course or an adviser-approved globally focused internship.
- Analysis and Reflection: Participate in a selection of reflection/analysis seminars.
- Complete Learning Assessment: Consists of integrative essay, portfolio and an outgoing interview.
A link to the Faculty Advisor's Handbook to the Concentration for Global Studies is available, only to faculty, under MyWhitman, welcome tab, faculty toolbox.
Meet Our Advisers
Depending on availability, the following instructors are advisers for the concentration in global studies. Contact Director Leena Knight for a formal adviser assignment.
|Aaron Aguilar-Ramirez, Spanish||Emily Jones, German & ES|
|Sharon Alker, English||Leena Knight, Biology|
|Bina Arch, History||Christopher Leise, English|
|Nick Bader, Geology||Gaurav Majumdar, English|
|Shampa Biswas, Politics||Gilbert Mireles, Sociology|
|Eunice Blavascunas, Anthropology||Kirsten Nicolaysen, Geology|
|Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Politics||Erin Pahlke, Psychology|
|Janis Be, Spanish||Nico Parmley, Spanish|
|Phil Brick, Politics||Kevin Pogue, Geology|
|Alissa Cordner, Sociology||Jason Pribilsky, Anthropology|
|Arash Davari, Politics||Mary Raschko, English|
|Sarah Davies, History||Matthew Reynolds, AHVC|
|Heidi Dobson, Biology||James Russo, BBMB|
|Brian Dott, History||Elyse Semerdjian, History|
|Tarik Elseewi, FMS||Lynn Sharp, History|
|Rachel George, Anthropology||Kate Shea, Classics & ES|
|Krista Gulbransen, AHVC||Yuki Shigeto, Japanese|
|Delbert Hutchison, Biology||Patrick Spencer, Geology|
|Michelle Janning, Sociology||Lisa Uddin, AHVC|
|Carlos Vargas-Salgado, Spanish||Zahi Zalloua, French|
|Jaqueline Woodfork, History|