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Your Degree Program

The Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) degree is offered as an Honours degree requiring 20.0 credits and normally four years of full-time study to complete. Students already registered in the Honours degree may transfer to the 15.0 credit General degree, which normally requires three years of full-time study to complete. There is no external entry to the General degree.

BGInS is intended for students who want to learn more about, and engage constructively with, the world in which we live.  It is expected that it will allow students to pursue a wide range of career options related to global and international studies, including graduate school in a number of different disciplinary areas.  It is both multidisciplinary, in that it introduces students to the many different disciplinary perspectives on global and international studies, and interdisciplinary, in that it places these disciplinary perspectives in critical dialogue with each other.

There are four components to the degree: 1) a multidisciplinary core course sequence which provides all students with a common foundation in global and international studies; 2) 18 Specializations, some defined thematically and some defined in terms of geographic regions of the world, which allow students to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of a subject of particular interest to them; 3) a language requirement intended to make students capable of engaging with another culture in a second language and 4) an International Experience Requirement (IER) to ensure that all students have practical experience of engaging with the wider world.

First Year Course Selection

In the first year of the BGInS degree, students will normally take 5.0 credits of courses, including 1.5 credits GINS core courses, the 0.0 credit IER preparation course, up to 2.0 credits Specialization courses, up to 1.0 credit language courses, and the remainder elective courses.  It is strongly encouraged that BGInS students include a First Year Seminar (FYSM) among their elective choices.  Details are below:

  1. Core Courses: All first year BGInS students must take the three 0.5 credit BGInS first year core courses, as follows:

All three of these courses are offered in both the Fall and Winter term. Students are strongly discouraged from taking all three courses in the same term, i.e. students should aim to take two of these courses in one term, and the third course in the other term.

  1. IER Preparation: All students must receive a grade of Satisfactory in GINS 1300 (0.0 credit), International Experience Requirement Preparation, before they will be allowed to participate in the BGInS International Experience Requirement. This is a zero-credit, on-line, course offered every term, and graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.       Students are strongly encouraged to register for this course in either the Fall or Winter term of their first year.
  2. Specialization Courses: BGInS students must take the first year foundation course or courses in their Specialization. Depending on the Specialization, this could mean 0.5 to 2.0 credits of Specialization courses. See below for a listing of the first year foundation courses in each Specialization
  3. Language Courses: Students who are not already proficient in a second language should take 1.0 credit in language courses in their first year. Consult the Language Requirement page on the BGInS website for complete details on the BGInS language requirement, including a list of language courses offered at Carleton.
  4. Elective Courses: The remainder of the 5.0 credits first year program can be chosen from among elective courses of students’ choice. It is strongly encouraged, though not required, that students include a 0.5 credit or 1.0 credit FYSM among their elective choices.  Consult the First Year Seminars page for more details.

Foundation Courses in the 18 BGInS Specializations

Depending on their Specialization, students must take 0.5 to 2.0 credits of foundation courses. Below is a listing of the mandatory foundation courses by Specialization.

Africa and Globalization

  • AFRI 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to African Studies I
  • AFRI 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Issues in African Studies II

Europe and Russia in the World

  • EURR 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to European and Russian Studies

French and Francophone Studies

  • FYSM 1408 (1.0 credit), World Literature in French

Global and Transnational History

  • HIST 1707 (1.0 credit), World History

Global Development

  • GINS 1100 (0.5 credits), Global Development
  • ANTH 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Anthropology OR ANTH 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Issues in Anthropology
  • ECON 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Microeconomics & ECON 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Macroeconomics OR FYSM 1003 (1.0 credit), Introduction to Economics

Global Genders and Sexualities

  • WGST 1808 (1.0 credit), Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

Global Inequalities and Social Change

  • SOCI 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Sociology I & SOCI 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Sociology II
    or
  • SOCI 1003 (1.0 credit), Introduction to Sociological Perspectives

Global Law and Social Justice

  • LAWS 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Legal Studies 1
  • LAWS 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Legal Studies 2

Global Literatures

  • ENGL 1009 (0.5 credits), Literature in Global Context
  • ENGL 1010 (0.5 credits), Writing an English Essay

Global Media and Communications

  • COMS 1001 (0.5 credit), Foundations in Communication and Media Studies
  • COMS 1002 (0.5 credit), Current Issues in Communication and Media

Global Politics

  • GPOL 1500 (0.5 credits), Debates in Global Politics

Globalization and the Environment

  • GEOG 1010 (0.5 credits), Global Environmental Systems
    GEOG 1020/ENST 1020 (0.5 credits), People, Places and Environments

Globalization, Culture and Power

  • ANTH 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Anthropology
    or
  • ANTH 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Issues in Anthropology

Global Religion: Identity and Community

  • RELI 1741 (0.5 credit) Global Religions: Identity and Community
  • 1.0 credit from RELI 1710 (0.5 credit) Judaism, Christianity, Islam or RELI 1715 (0.5 credit) South Asian Religions or RELI 1716 (0.5 credit) East Asian Religions or RELI 1720 (0.5 credit) Indigenous Religions in a Global Context

International Economic Policy

  • ECON 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Microeconomics & ECON 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Macroeconomics
    or
  • FYSM 1003 (1.0 credit), Introduction to Economics

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

  • LACS 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies I
  • LACS 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies II

Global Migration and Transnationalism

  • ENGL 1009 (0.5 credit), Literature in Global Context
  • ENGL 1010 (0.5 credit), Writing an English Essay
  • SOCI 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Sociology I
  • SOCI 1002 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Sociology II

Teaching English in Global Contexts

  • ALDS 1001 (0.5 credits), Language Matters: Introduction to ALDS
  • LING 1001 (0.5 credits), Introduction to Linguistics 1

More Information
Full information on BGInS, including contact details, can be found on the BGInS website. That website includes a page with more detailed information about first year course selection in BGInS.

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