Global Studies

The global studies minor is intended to provide an opportunity for students in any Alfred State bachelor's major to add a serious international dimension to their college educational experience. Requiring a minimum of 18 credits, this interdisciplinary minor is intended to go beyond simple exposure to international perspectives. Students must meet a 2- semester foreign language requirement (or demonstrated equivalent competency) and participate in an approved study abroad or study away program, international internship, or faculty-led international learning experience.

The minor is comprised of existing courses. Students will have considerable flexibility in building the minor, choosing from a growing list of electives to fulfill program requirements. At present, the only courses common to all students in the minor is ANTH 1013 (Cultural Anthropology). Students may choose any foreign language and may choose from an extensive list of study abroad/study-away/project-based learning opportunities. To be approved as part of the minor, these learning opportunities must have clear expected learning outcomes and be approved in advance by a faculty advisor.

A student may declare this minor at any time after completing 24 credit hours of coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. To be awarded the minor, all program requirements must be completed with an overall GPA of 2.5 in all minor-related courses taken at Alfred State. At least 12 of the 18 credit hours for the minor must have been completed at Alfred State and at least twelve of the credit hours of the minor must consist of courses not required by the student's major.

Requirements (minimum 18 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ANTH 1013 (fall only) Cultural Anthropology or 3
ANTH 5113 Cross-Cultural Encounters 3
  *Foreign Language 3
  *Foreign Language 3
  **Study Abroad 1-6
  ***Approved Elective 1 3
  ***Approved Elective 2 3
  ***Approved Elective 3 3
  ***Approved Elective 4 3
  Total Number of Credit Hours 18-20

* It is strongly recommended (but not required) that the student take two semesters of the same foreign language.
** May include a semester study abroad, or, with prior approval, shorter term study abroad, or study-away options.
***Approved electives must be taken from the list of electives accompanying this form OR must be approved by the department chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences AND must not be required in the student's major.

Approved Electives

  • All Foreign Languages (Spanish, Japanese, Italian)
  • ANTH 1113 Anthropology of Europe (Sorrento)
  • ANTH 5113 Cross-Cultural Encounters
  • ANTH 5223 Archaeology - Cities of Fire (Sorrento)
  • BIOL 2703 Topics in Tropical Ecology
  • BUAD 6213 Business in the European Union (Sorrento)
  • BUAD 8013 International Business
  • ECON 5133 Territory and Entrepreneurship (Sorrento)
  • ECON 5143 Contemporary Italian History (Politics, Economy, & Trade)
  • ENVR 3003 International Issues in Agroecology
  • FNAT 1303 Architectural History I
  • GLST 1001 Global Studies Seminar I
  • GLST 2001 Global Studies Seminar II
  • HIST 1113 History of Western Civilization Since 1648
  • HIST 1223 Contemporary Italian History (Sorrento)
  • HIST 5133 Africa and the West
  • HUMN 2114 Culture of Italy in Context
  • PLSC 1053 International Relations
  • RELG 7003 Religions of the World
  • SOCI 1163 General Sociology
  • SOCI 1193 Marriage & Family Across World Civilizations

Requirements for earning the minor in Global Studies:

  • At least 18 credit hours in the minor;
  • At least 3 of the 18 hours for the minor must be completed at Alfred State;
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all minor courses taken at Alfred State;
  • Student must have participated in an approved study abroad program, international internship, or faculty-led international learning experience and received college credit for doing so;
  • All minor requirements completed, and;
  • Notification from the student's Faculty Advisor to the SBS Department Chair that the student's approved electives are not required in the major.

For complete details, please see the College Catalog or contact the Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at 607-587-4280.