A concentration is similar to a major, but less restrictive, as befits an interdisciplinary, global program that emphasizes independent student projects. The concentration you choose focuses your studies so that your work builds in intellectual challenge and sophistication over the years, ensuring that you graduate with genuine expertise in your chosen field.Each of the disciplines that compose the concentrations has its own traditions, history, and vocabulary; choosing a concentration means deciding the broad ongoing conversation you want to join and eventually master.
The spine of your GLS degree consists of the four methods courses you are required to take within your concentration after declaring it in the fall of sophomore year: the Approaches seminar, the Junior Independent Research Seminar, and the Senior Colloquium and Senior Thesis courses. These classes provide the training in modes of analysis you need in order to do advanced work in your chosen field, which culminates in your thesis.
Other courses (Global Topics, Advanced Global Cultures) carry concentration designations purely for informational purposes; you are allowed and indeed encouraged to take the particular Global Topics and Advanced Global Cultures courses that best fit your personal academic interests, regardless of the concentrations in which they fall.
For more information on specific concentrations, please visit that concentration's pages or reach out to the concentration Chair.
Afrodesia McCannon, Chair
Elayne Tobin, Chair
Albert Piacente, Chair
Roberta Newman, Chair
Heidi White, Chair
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