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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.

Concentration Requirements

Below is a brief overview of the concentration requirements. For complete requirements, download this document.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Global engagement, analysis and reflection: Complete at least one item from each area.
    • Language Immersions: Six credits of language study.
    • Off-Campus EducationOne 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.
  4. Complete Learning Assessment: Consists of integrative essay, portfolio and an outgoing interview.

Global Studies Interest Form 

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 Nicole Simek at simeknj@whitman.edu for a formal adviser assignment.

Aaron Aguilar-Ramirez, Hispanic Studies 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 & ES Kirsten Nicolaysen, Geology
Aaron Strain, Politics Erin Pahlke, Psychology
Janis Be, Hispanic Studies Kevin Pogue, Geology
Jason Pribilsky, Anthropology Alissa Cordner, Sociology
Mary Raschko, English Sarah Davies, History
Matthew Reynolds, Art History Heidi Dobson, Biology
James Russo, BBMB Brian Dott, History
Tarik Elseewi, FMS Andrea Sempértegui, Politics
Rachel George, Anthropology Krista Gulbransen, Art History
Kate Shea, Classics & ES Delbert Hutchison, Biology
Yuki Shigeto, Japanese Michelle Janning, Sociology
Patrick Spencer, Geology Carlos Vargas-Salgado, Hispanic Studies
Lisa Uddin, Art History Jaqueline Woodfork, History
Zahi Zalloua, Indigeneity, Race, and Ethnicity Studies and Gender Studies
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