Department of Global Studies Courses


100 Global Citizenship (1)

When anyone asked Diogenes Laertius (4th century B.C.) where he came from, he said, “I am a citizen of the world.” The aim of this seminar is to explore the idea of citizenship in a world increasingly characterized by global flows of commodities, people, money, information and media. Throughout the seminar, we will use the concept of ‘cosmopolitanism’ to examine the intersecting themes of identity, citizenship, and global belonging. Open to Honors Vanguard Program students only.

101 Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Context (3)

This Critical Thinking Seminar introduces students to the contemporary concepts, issues, and questions related to global business practice and corporate social responsibility.

495 Senior Seminar in Global Studies (3)

This is the culminating course in the Global Studies curriculum, serving to synthesize lessons learned from the previous courses. Course assignments will direct students to review, reflect on, and integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained from the curriculum; to apply that learning to debates about current global issues; and to articulate the research questions or goals that will drive their next steps in a career or graduate school.

499 Global Studies Internship (3)

Professional work experience with a global organization such as a business, governmental agency, or non-governmental organization in a specific concentration. The internship in Global Studies course may not be used to satisfy any major requirements. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: permission of department chair. Open to Global Studies majors only.


141 People and Nature (3)

This Critical Thinking Seminar introduces students to the depth and bread of human diversity and to the methods anthropologists use to study human diversity.  Organized around the material, ecological, and ideological interplay between cultures, this couse focuses on the divergent ways that peoples of the world have adapted to their environments, created communities, moderated conflicts, developed cosmologies, and expressed creativity.

142RM Archaeology of Ancient Italy (3)

Introduction to the presence of the Greeks and Etruscans on the Italian peninsula. Aspects of early Rome and Republican Rome. Final supremacy of Rome during the Empire. Historical and archaeological evidence of these periods is examined during field trips in Rome and to Tarquinia and Cerveteri, San Giovenale and Blera, Palestrina and Tivoli, Pompei, Capua, Cuma and Paestum. Taught in Rome.

253 Survey I: Culture and Language (3)

A survey of sociocultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics. The course takes a comparative approach to the study of culture. Topics include: family, kinship, and marriage; cultural ecology and economics; political organization; gender roles and socialization; religion and ritual; and culture change.  Basic concepts, methods of research, and analytic perspectives are introduced.

254 Survey II: Human Prehistory (3)

A survey of physical anthropology and archaeology. The course follows an evolutionary approach to the development of human life and culture. Topics include: human genetics; comparative primatology; the fossil record; the emergence of human culture; and prehistoric and historic archaeology. Basic concepts, methods of research, and analytic perspectives are introduced.

320 Anthropology of Race and Racism (3)

An introduction to anthropological approaches to race and racism, this course explores why race persists as a powerful social force and cultural idea despite its fallacy as a biological concept.  Topics covered include human biological diversity, racial hierarchies around the world, historical and contemporary intersections of race and sexuality, and racism in everyday language use.

346 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

An introduction to the cross-cultural comparison and analysis of the factors that affect the status of women, men, and gender dynamics globally, this course begins with a historical examination of the relationship between feminism and anthropological theory. The course then explores the domestic/public dichotomy, kinship, religion, globalization, and sexuality as they impact women and men in societies around the world.

364 Ethnographic Methods (3)

An experiential learning course involving interaction with and analysis of people and social settings in the broader community of South Bend, this course provides practical experience in using ethnographic methodologies (including participant observation, interviews, and surveys) to gather information about cultural divides and also current community initiatives to effect transformation in South Bend.  Prerequisites:  ANTH 253 or 254 or permission of the instructor.

392 Topics in Cultural Anthropology (3)

The presentation of selected subjects in cultural anthropology not included in regular departmental offerings. The course content and format will be determined by student and faculty interest. Materials may be organized variously according to culture area, theme, or issue. Prerequisites established by the instructor. May be repeated with a different topic.

394 Topics in Archaeology (3)

The presentation of selected subjects in archaeology not included in regular departmental offerings. The course content and format will be determined by student and faculty interest. Materials may be organized variously according to culture area, theme, or issue. Prerequisite established by the instructor.  May be repeated with a different topic.

435 Politics of Multiculturalism (3)

An advanced seminar that engages the critical study of multiculturalisms around the world, this course explores debates for and against multicultural policies in liberal democracies. An extensive study of multicultural practices and ideologies will explore issues that include indigenous rights, group rights, democratic representation, cultural identity, neoliberalism, and language ideologies.

497 Independent Study in Anthropology (1–3)

Independent readings, individualized seminars, or field projects in selected areas designed to meet the special interests of the advanced student. Only six hours of independent study (including 297) may be earned in the program. Prerequisites: 6 hours in ANTH, junior or senior status, and permission of the instructor.

499 Anthropological Internship (3)

Work in an approved anthropological setting such as a museum or research center under professional supervision. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: 9 hours in ANTH and permission of the department chair.