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"Through coursework on the culture, history, languages, literature, politics, and religions of major world regions, students explore the specificity of a given region, the ways in which global forces are realized in and through local contexts, and the interconnections between global regions. The Global Studies Program offers six curriculum concentrations: African Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.

  • African Studies: The major in African Studies features an in-depth interdisciplinary study of African history, culture, literature, economics and politics. This major aims to prepare graduates for advanced study in various fields, and for careers with international organizations or African institutions.
  • East Asian Studies: East Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary major which integrates several academic disciplines-anthropology, economics, art history, government, history, language and literature, philosophy and religion-in the study of a major world region.
  • European Asian Studies: A major in European Studies provides interdisciplinary exposure to Europe's history, culture, and politics, emphasizing both Europe's regional specificity and its historical and contemporary interactions with other global regions.
  • Latin American Studies: The major in Latin American Studies features a detailed examination of the cultural, economic, historical, political and social development of one of the world's most dynamic and diverse regions.
  • Middle Eastern Studies: A major in Middle Eastern Studies provides interdisciplinary exposure to the diverse Middle East through the study of religion, history, politics, literature, fine arts, archaeology, and the primary language of the region, Arabic.
  • Russian and Post-Soviet Studies: The major in Russian Studies offers training in the language, literature, history, politics, and economics of Russia and the former Soviet Sphere of Influence and examines the rapid changes reshaping this major world region.

Global Studies is distinct from International Relations Program (INRL), which focuses on the study of economic, historical, and political relations among nation-states as well as the interactions among states, markets, and non-state actors (such as international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and multi-national corporation)." 



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