The University of Alabama Global Studies Certificate (GSC) is designed to introduce the undergraduate student to the cultural, economic, physical, and political aspects of being a world citizen in the 21st century. The emphasis is the contemporary rather than the historical. Nine hours of the program are specified as GSC core (usually lower division) and ideally are taken prior to the six emphasis area hours (usually upper division).

The CIP 200 Introduction To Global Studies or CIP 202 Introduction to Global Studies: Experiential Learning course should be taken first in the sequence of Global Studies Certificate (GSC) core and emphasis area courses, but the remaining courses may be taken in any order. The introductory course sets the basis for the student's approach to the entire GSC curriculum, both core and upper division, emphasis area courses.

Students must successfully complete a total of 15 hours of coursework as specified below. Some courses may have prerequisites. Candidates for the certificate must complete an application form before the certificate can be listed on their transcript. Undergraduate students can apply for the GSC on the CIC website  (

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Mandatory introductory course
CIP 200 or Introduction To Global Studies3
CIP 202 Introduction to Global Studies: Experiential Learning
Select two of seven existing courses:6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
World Regional Geography
People, Places, & Environment
Intro To Religious Studies or
Religions of World
Honors Intro Relig Stdy
Intro To Sociology
Freshman Seminar
GSC emphasis area courses
Select 6 hours of the following:6
Intro: World Nation & Region
Contemporary America
Peoples of Europe 1
Peoples of Latin Amer 1
Anthropology of Art
Social Psychol Foundtns Educ
Social Psychol Foundtns Educ
School, Culture, and Society
Cult Dynam Apparel Text
Text Apparl Intnat Trade
Intercultural Communication
International Trade
International Finance
Econ Develop Of Lat Am
Political Economy of Terrorism
World Literature I
World Literature II
Special Topics In Literature
Intro To Linguistics
Adv Stdy Comptv Multi-Cutl Lit
Directed Readings
Geography Of Africa
Geography of Europe
Cultural Geography
Health Disparities
Drugs, Booze, and Mexican Society
Context of Global Business
Introduction to World Business
Multinat'l Bus. Communication
Global Marketing
International Cinema
Chamber Music (African Drumming only)
Music In World Cultures
Cooperation & Conflict
Honors: Coop. & Conflict
Social Change
Globalization & Folk Crft Prod
Special Topics (Music & Activism: Global Case Studies OR Global Health)
Global Justice
PHL Issues-International Law
International Relations
Soviet Post Sov Politics
Government Politics West Europ
For Pol Sov Un Suc State
Amer Foreign Policy
Internatl Polit Econom
Internatl Conflict
Survey Of Asian Religion
African Diaspora Religions
Philosophies Of Judaism
Rel & Ident in South Asia
Tales from Asia
Independent study (all colleges) 2
Select 3 hours
Language studies (FL or HU for some) 3
Select 6 hours
Total Hours15

NOTE: As course offerings change, subject to the approval of the GSC advisor additional courses may be used to satisfy the required emphasis hours.