Nov 18, 2019  
2019-2020 Rivier Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Rivier Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies (Day)


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Students in this interdisciplinary major combine study in global politics and economics with a range of electives in humanities and sciences. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language either by examination or by coursework. Global Studies majors participate in short-term or semester-long study abroad opportunities to gain valuable international experience. Graduates are prepared for careers in public service and private enterprise requiring strong liberal arts skills and global experience, or pursue graduate and professional studies in law, business, international relations, and other fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduating majors in Global Studies major should be able to:

  • Explain current global trends and developments in international relations, economics, ecology, and culture as well as of the historical and contemporary development of these trends;
  • Explain the inter-relationship of economics, politics, and culture in determining global processes;
  • Explain the inter-relationship of global, national, regional, and local economic, political, and cultural processes and events;
  • Demonstrate competency in a foreign language (the ability to read and understand front-page articles in a foreign-language newspaper or to understand a foreign language news broadcast, and the ability to communicate geographic or procedural directions in a foreign language);
  • Gain admission to regional professional schools, graduate programs, or employment by demonstrating the appropriate research, reasoning, and writing skills.

Assessment

Proficiency in subject knowledge is assessed through class discussion, examinations, research papers and oral reports, group projects, capstone experiences, and internships, proficiency examinations and post-baccalaureate surveys.

Major Requirements (48 credits)


Global Studies Electives (12 credits)


Students must take four global studies related courses.

Modern Language (12 credits)


Four modern language courses beyond the introductory level.

General Education Requirements (42-45 credits)


  • ENG 115 - Expositions and Arguments Credits: 3
  • REL 115 - The Dignity of Creaton: God and the Created Order Credits: 3
  • LNS 108 - Student Success: Campus to Community I Credits: 1
  • LNS 109 - Student Success: Campus to Community II Credits: 1
  • BIO 112 - Stewards of the Living World Credits: 3
  • SL 100 - Serving the World Credits: 1
  • MA 112 - College Algebra Credits: 3
  • Who is My Neighbor?  tudents explore this question in their second and third years.(6 credits)

    • HUM200+ Humanities: Literature, Art, and the Human
      Students take one -200 level interdisciplinary course that addresses a basic human question from the perspectives of the literary, visual, and musical arts. Credits: 3
    • HIS203 Interactions: The West in the World I Credits: 3 or
    • HIS204 Interactions: The West in the World II Credits: 3

    How Shall We Live? Students explore this question in their junior and senior years. (6 credits)

    • Religion: Faith, Religion, and Social Justice Credits: 3
      Students take one Religion course developed with this theme at its center.
    • Philosophy: Ethics, Values, and Moral Choices Credits: 3
      Students take one Philosophy course developed with this theme at its center.

    What, then, Shall We Do?  tudents explore this question in their junior or senior year. (3 credits)

    • Capstone: Justice and Global Responsibility Credits: 3
      Students take one of a number of offerings under Justice and Global Responsibility. This seminar serves as the culmination of the Common Core. Informed by problem-solving pedagogy, this seminar enhances the student’s connection with the Catholic vision of the University by focusing on justice and global responsibility.

    Area Distribution Courses: The Core Complement
    Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

    • One course from: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religious Studies Credits: 3
    • One course from: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Credits: 3

    Mathematics and Natural Sciences (6 credits)

    • One course in Mathematics:  MA112 College Algebra or above Credits: 3
    • One course from: Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science Credits: 3-4

    Culture through Language (6 credits)
    Students must demonstrate university-level introductory competency in a language other than English.

General Electives (30 credits)


Degree Requirements (120 credits)


SAMPLE DEGREE PLAN


 

Global Studies, Bachelor of Arts

Year 1 - Fall

Year 1 - Spring

ENG115

FYS: Expositions & Arguments

3 cr

REL115

FYS: God & Created Order

3 cr

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Modern Language

3 cr

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Modern Language

3 cr

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Natural Science Elective

3 cr

GEO210

Global Geography

3 cr

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Social Science Elective

3 cr

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Humanities Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

LNS108

WC: Student Success I

1 cr

LNS109

WC: Student Success II

1 cr

 

 

16

 

 

16

Year 2 - Fall

Year 2 - Spring

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Modern Language Intermediate

3 cr

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Modern Language Intermediate

3 cr

BUS224

Principles of Macroeconomics

3 cr

BUS225

Principles of Microeconomics

3 cr

HIS203/204

West in the World I or II

3 cr

BIO112

Stewards of the Living World

3 cr

REL ___

Religion Elective

3 cr

HUM200

Literature, Art & Human

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

SL100    

SL: Serving the World

1 cr

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

15

Year 3 - Fall

Year 3 - Spring

GST___

Global Studies Elective

3 cr

GST___

Global Studies Elective

3 cr

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Modern Language Advanced

3 cr

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Modern Language Advanced

3 cr

POL294

International Relations & Politics

3 cr

JYS___

Junior Year Seminar

3 cr

MA___

MA112 or above

3 cr

PHI ___

Philosophy Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

 

 

15

 

 

15

Year 4 - Fall

 

 

Year 4 - Spring

GST___

Global Studies Elective

3 cr

BUS418

Intern’l Economics/Finance

3 cr

GST___

Global Studies Elective

3 cr

GST496

Global Studies Capstone

3 cr

REL*___

231 or 232 or 233 or 234

3 cr

POL464 

Global Transformation

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

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General Elective

3 cr

 

 

15

 

 

15

* Select one: REL231 - Buddhism; REL232 - Hinduism; REL233 - Islam; REL234 - Judaism, Christianity & the Other

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