Recommended Academic Plan for Global & International Studies B.A. (GSBA) - University Park

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
GLIS 101 (GS; IL) GlobalizationNotes for: GLIS 101

GLIS 101

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Humanities (GH)Notes for: GH

GH

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and CompositionNotes for: ENGL 15

ENGL 15

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 030 (GWS) Honors Freshman CompositionNotes for: ENGL 030

ENGL 030

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 137H (GWS) Rhetoric and Civic Life INotes for: ENGL 137H

ENGL 137H

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or CAS 137H (GWS) Rhetoric and Civic Life INotes for: CAS 137H

CAS 137H

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Foreign Language (Level 001)Notes for: Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Natural Science (GN)Notes for: GN

GN

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
GLIS 102 (GH; IL) Global PathwaysNotes for: GLIS 102

GLIS 102

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective SpeechNotes for: CAS 100

CAS 100

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 138T (GWS) Rhetoric and Civic Life II (GWS)Notes for: ENGL 138T

ENGL 138T

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or CAS 138T (GWS) Rhetoric and Civic Life II Notes for: CAS 138T

CAS 138T

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)Notes for: GS

GS

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Foreign Language (Level 002)Notes for: Foreign Language (Level 002)

Foreign Language (Level 002)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Quantification Course (GQ)Notes for: GQ

GQ

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 16

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
Any level course from major approved list Notes for: Any level course from major approved list

Any level course from major approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Humanities (GH)Notes for: GH

GH

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Natural Science (GN)Notes for: GN

GN

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Foreign Language (Level 003)Notes for: Foreign Language (Level 003)

Foreign Language (Level 003)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)Notes for: GS

GS

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 16

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
Any level course from major approved listNotes for: Any level course from major approved list

Any level course from major approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Foreign Language (Level 004)Notes for: Foreign Language (Level 004)

Foreign Language (Level 004)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Second Foreign Language (Level 001)Notes for: Second Foreign Language (Level 001)

Second Foreign Language (Level 001)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3-4
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign LanguageNotes for: BA Requirement

BA Requirement

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Quanitification (GQ)Notes for: GQ

GQ

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Arts (GA) Notes for: GA

GA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15-16

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
Any level course from major approved listNotes for: Any level course from major approved list

Any level course from major approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Foreign Language (Level 005)Notes for: Foreign Language (Level 005)

Foreign Language (Level 005)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
or Second Foreign Language (Level 002)Notes for: Second Foreign Language (Level 002)

Second Foreign Language (Level 002)

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3-4
Natural Science (GN)Notes for: GN

GN

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
BA Requirements: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quanitification or Foreign LanguageNotes for: BA Requirement

BA Requirement

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Arts (GA)Notes for: GA

GA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15-16

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
400 level course from major approved listNotes for: 400 level course from major approved list

400 level course from major approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
400 level course from major approved listNotes for: 400 level course from major approved list

400 level course from major approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
ENGL 202A (GWS) Effective Writing: Writing in the Social SciencesNotes for: ENGL 202A

ENGL 202A

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign LanguageNotes for: BA Requirement

BA Requirement

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Other Cultures courseNotes for: Other Cultures course

Other Cultures course

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
400 level course from major approved listNotes for: 400 level course from major approved list

400 level course from major approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GLIS 400Notes for: GLIS 400

GLIS 400

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) courseNotes for: GHA

GHA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) courseNotes for: WAC course

WAC course

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 13.5

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
400 level course from major approved listNotes for: 400 level course from major approved list

400 level course from major approved list

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) courseNotes for: GHA

GHA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 13.5

Additional Notes

General education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the general education course(s) they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.  GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

All incoming freshmen must take a First Year Seminar (FYS) during fall or spring of their first year. Most FYSs in the College of the Liberal Arts are 3 credits and count as a General Education Humanities (GH) or General Education Social Sciences (GS) course.

Note: Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors in the College of the Liberal Arts are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 60 credits. No more than 91 credits earned while enrolled at another Penn State College or at another institution may be applied toward degrees granted by the College of the Liberal Arts. A minimum of 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under “requirements for the major” must be completed at University Park.  Senior or capstone courses required for the major must be completed at University Park.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.


Program Notes:
The Requirements for the Global and International Studies B.A. major include the following prescribed courses: GLIS 101, GLIS 102, and GLIS 400. The major also requires two courses in the same foreign language beyond level 003, or completion of level 003 in one foreign language and 6 credits in a second foreign language (which at Penn State means completing level 002 in that language).  In addition, students must complete 21 credits in two or more Options using the list of approved Option courses (see http://glis.la.psu.edu/major/requirements). Of these 21 credits, 15 credits should be in one Option and the remaining 9 credits should be in one or more other Options.  A total of 12 credits under the Option requirements must be taken at the 400 level. Students are advised to consider prerequisites for the 400-level Option courses when selecting their General Education and lower level Option courses.

All students at Penn State must take a United States Cultures (US) and an International Cultures (IL) course.  These courses are allowed to overlap (i.e. double-count) with General Education or major courses.  All students must also complete at least one three-credit WRITING INTENSIVE course, designated with a W or Y course number suffix.

Bachelor of Arts degree students are required to complete an Other Cultures (non-Western cultures) course. It is allowed to overlap (i.e. double-count) with a General Education or major course, but the same course is not allowed to fulfill both the Other Cultures and the International Cultures requirements.


This major requires at least 120 credits to graduate. If a student begins the foreign language sequence at a higher level than level 001, the skipped credits will need to be made up through other courses (i.e., additional electives).
 

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# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

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