This track examines the ever-changing world of global security. In addition to exploring traditional notions of security based on the nation-state and the international system, coursework in this track considers a wide range of issues including global health, the environment, human rights, peace-building efforts, 21st century conflict, social movements, migration, ethnicity, and identity. The Global Security track prepares students for careers relevant to various aspects of global conflict management and/or sustainability, such as those in government agencies and diplomacy, non-profit organizations, international organizations, and the public policy community.

If you are interested in this track and are an enrolled UWM student, use the button to start the declaration of major process. Students are strongly encouraged to declare before earning 75 credits.

Major Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, students in all tracks must complete 120 credits, including a minimum of 36 credits in upper-division courses (numbered 300 or above), while fulfilling the requirements below. GPAs of at least 2.000 overall and 2.500 in the selected track are required for graduation. Students also are responsible for completing the University-wide General Education Requirements.

Beyond the University-wide General Education requirements, students must also complete an additional 6 credits of Humanities GER courses and an additional 6 credits of Social Science GER courses, some of which are required or elective courses in the major.

Global Studies Core
GLOBAL 101Introduction to Global Studies I: People and Politics (SS)3
GLOBAL 201Introduction to Global Studies II: Economics and the Environment (SS)3
GLOBAL 202Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology (SS)3
Global Studies Capstone 1
GLOBAL 550Global Studies Integrated Capstone:3
World Regions
Select one of the following:3
GEOG 110
The World: Peoples and Regions (SS)
HIST 132
World History Since 1500 (HU)
Politics of the World's Nations (SS)
Foreign Language
Six semesters (or equivalent) of a single foreign language with passing grades
International Experience
Students will be required to complete 2 of the options below:
Option 1: 3-9 credits of study abroad
Option 2: 1-6 credits of an international internship
Option 3: 1-6 credits of a domestic internship with a global organization or clear international focus
Total International Experience Credits12
Select one of the following tracks:
Global Communications
Global Health
Global Management
Global Security
Global Sustainability
Total Credits27

GLOBAL 550 is required for all tracks except Global Management, which has a separate capstone experience.

Global Security Track

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies through the Global Security track, students must complete the requirements listed below. Students in this track must complete at least 36 credits in L&S upper-division (numbered 300 or above) courses.

Global Security Track Core
ECON 103Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 104Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 210Economic Statistics3
or MTHSTAT 215 Elementary Statistical Analysis
GLOBAL 371Rethinking Global Security3
Select one of the following:3
Humanitarianism in Global Perspective
The Global Politics of Human Rghts
Strategies for Realizing Security in Global Contexts
Select one of the following:3-4
Applications of Anthropology
Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology
Techniques and Problems in Ethnography
GEOG 215
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
GEOG 525
Geographic Information Science
Political Data Analysis
WGS 411
Women's and Gender Studies Research Methods: (with appropriate subtitle)
Select one of the following:3
Negotiation Skills Workshop
Introduction to Mediation
Global Security Track Electives
Select 24 credits (see below)24
Total Credits45-46

Global Security Electives

Students must complete 24 credits from the following lists, with at least 15 credits selected from List A. There is no minimum number of credits that must be taken from List B.

List A Electives
ANTHRO 156Food and Culture3
ANTHRO 355Globalization, Culture, and Environment3
ANTHRO 440Medical Anthropology3
ANTHRO/GLOBAL 447The Global Politics of Human Rights3
ANTHRO 448Cultural and Human Ecology3
ANTHRO 449The Human Economy3
ANTHRO 450Political Anthropology3
ANTHRO 543Cross-Cultural Study of Religion3
ART 309/509Issues in Contemporary Art:3
BMS 232Introduction to Nutrition3
BMS 539Public Health Microbiology2
BMS 540Public Health Microbiology Lab2
CES 210Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science3
COMMUN 350Intercultural Communication3
COMMUN 363Communication in Human Conflict3
COMMUN 365Negotiation Skills Workshop (if not selected above)3
COMMUN 450Cross-Cultural Communication3
COMMUN 550International and Global Communication3
COMMUN 631Current Topics in Interpersonal Communication/Conflict Management: (with appropriate subtitle)3
COMMUN 665Introduction to Mediation (if not selected above)3
COMPLIT 350Topics in Comparative Literature: (with appropriate subtitle)3
COMPLIT 365Literatures and Cultures of the Americas:3
CES 210Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science3
CRM JST 291Current Issues in Criminal Justice: (with appropriate subtitle)3
CRM JST 410Comparative Criminal Justice3
ECON 351Introduction to International Economic Relations3
ECON 353Economic Development3
ENGLISH 443Grant Writing3
ETHNIC 350Advanced Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
ETHNIC 375Global Violence, Disease, and Death3
GEOG 309Nationalities and Nations of the World3
GEOG 310General Climatology3
GEOG 333Muslim Geographies: Identities and Politics3
GEOG 350Conservation of Natural Resources3
GEOG 443Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography3
GEOG 464Environmental Problems3
GEOG 540Globalization and the City3
GEOG 564Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice3
GLOBAL 299Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)1-6
GLOBAL 421Cities in the Global Economy3
GLOBAL/ANTHRO 442Humanitarianism in Global Perspective (if not selected above)3
GLOBAL/ANTHRO 443Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age3
GLOBAL/ANTHRO 447The Global Politics of Human Rghts (if not selected above)3
GLOBAL 499Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)1-6
HIST 210The Twentieth Century: A Global History3
NURS 101Cultural Diversity in Health Care3
NURS 301Introduction to Global Health3
NURS 365Current Topics of Nursing: (with appropriate subtitle)3
PEACEST 203Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies3
PH 101Introduction to Public Health3
PH 375Topics in Public Health: (with appropriate subtitle)3
PHILOS 350Introduction to the Comparative Study of Religion3
POL SCI 175Introduction to International Relations3
POL SCI 316International Law3
POL SCI 330The Politics of International Economic Relations3
POL SCI 337International Organization and the United Nations3
POL SCI 338Seminar in International Relations: (with appropriate subtitle)3
POL SCI 365Theories and Methods in International Politics3
POL SCI 370International Conflict3
POL SCI 371Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict3
RELIGST 350Advanced Topics in Religious Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
SOCIOL 235Social Change in the Global Economy3
SOCIOL 327Data, Technology, and Society3
SOCIOL 495Seminar in Sociology: (with appropriate subtitle)3
WGS 401Global Feminisms3
WGS 500Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
List B Electives
AFRIC 232Survey of African Societies and Cultures3
AFRIC 299Ad Hoc: (with appropriate subtitle)1-6
AFRIC 311African Religious Thought and Social Organizations3
AFRIC 320Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean3
AFRIC 329Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa3
AFRIC 450Cultural Transmissions: Black Africa and Black America3
AFRIC 565Selected Texts/Topics in African & African Diaspora Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
ANTHRO 250Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
ANTHRO 320Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
ANTHRO 322Europe in Anthropological Perspective3
ANTHRO 325Japanese Culture and Society3
ANTHRO 326Peoples and Cultures of South Asia3
ANTHRO 349Seminar in Ethnography and Cultural Processes3
ANTHRO 441Nature, Knowledge, and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective3
BUS ADM 330Organizations3
CHINESE 320Contemporary Chinese Societies through Film3
CIV ENG 492Environmental Impact Assessment3
COMPLIT 233Literature and Film: (with appropriate subtitle)3
COMPLIT 461Film-Fiction Interaction:3
ECON 447Labor Economics3
ECON 454International Trade3
ECON 455International Finance3
ENGLISH 240Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture: (with appropriate subtitle)3
ENGLISH 316World Cinema: (with appropriate subtitle)3
ENGLISH 431Topics in Advanced Communications: (with appropriate subtitle)3
ETHNIC 102Transnational Migrations: People on the Move3
ETHNIC 250Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
GEOG 213Geography of Asia3
GEOG 215Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GEOG 247Quantitative Analysis in Geography3
GEOG 309Nationalities and Nations of the World3
GEOG 330Europe: East and West3
GEOG 340Biogeography3
GEOG 403Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis4
GEOG 410Gendered Geographies3
GLOBAL 699Advanced Independent Study3
HIST 180Latin American Society and Culture (with appropriate subtitle)3
HIST 192First-Year Seminar: (with appropriate subtitle)3
HIST 200Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: (with appropriate subtitle)3
HIST 282The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries3
HIST 286The Korean War3
HIST 287The Vietnam War3
HIST 290Topics in Global History: (with appropriate subtitle)3
HIST 372Topics in Global History: (subtitle)3
HIST 375Contemporary European History, 1945 to the Present3
HIST 378Revolution in China3
HIST 392The History of Southern Africa3
HIST 393History of Mexico3
HIST 395History of Japan Since 16003
HIST 434The United States as a World Power in the 20th Century3
INTLST 550Senior Seminar in International Studies: (with appropriate subtitle)3
INFOST 660Information Policy3
PHILOS 204Introduction to Asian Religions3
POL SCI 255Great Issues of Politics3
POL SCI 300Western European Politics3
POL SCI 302Politics of Eastern Europe3
POL SCI 325Latin American Politics3
POL SCI 326Brazilian Politics and Society3
POL SCI 328The Arab-Israeli Conflict3
POL SCI 339European Integration3
POL SCI 340Politics of Nuclear Weapons3
POL SCI 343Asian International Relations3
POL SCI 346U.S.-Latin American Relations3
POL SCI 423Conduct of American Foreign Affairs3
SOC WRK 691Practice Methods in Social Work: (with appropriate subtitle)3
SOCIOL 304Political Sociology3
SOCIOL 325Social Change3
SOCIOL 330Economy and Society3
WGS 200Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: A Social Science Perspective3

Prospective Students (not yet enrolled at UWM)

Prospective students, contact our admissions counselor at or 414-229-7711.

Current Students

General questions such as how to declare, how to change a major, general education requirements, etc. should be directed to the College advising office at or 414-229-4654.

Specific questions about Global Studies, such as research opportunities, internship opportunities, major requirements, etc., should be directed to Christine Wolf.