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Global Studies

Departmental E-mail: global [at] indiana [dot] edu

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Graduate Minor Director

Hilary E. Kahn

Graduate Faculty

Courses which meet the criteria of the Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies are taught by faculty from across the university.

Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies 

Conventional definitions of nations and even entire world regions as discrete and bounded systems are becoming increas­ingly blurred as profound and powerful trends transform the globe. The Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies enables the inter­disciplinary study and critical analysis of issues and problems that transcend national boundaries and world areas such as global environmental sustainability, universal human rights, cyber security, transnational criminal organization, the study of the emergence of constitutional democracies in transitional societies, global humanities, minority linguistic and cultural right world-wide, and many other issues, topics, or problems of global interest.

Course Requirements

Each student’s program is developed individually, in consulta­tion between the student, the major advisor, and the director of the Ph.D. Minor in Global Studies. One core course, GRAD I701 Issues and Approaches to Global Studies, is required. Four additional elective courses, drawn from at least two different disciplines and reflecting a coherent and purposive thematic approach to the global issues or issues to be dealt with, will be selected, with the advice and approval of the advisors and the Global Studies Ph.D. Minor Advisory Committee. A capstone project—whether a specific course, an international internship, international field work, a substantial paper, or a question on the student’s qualifying examination in the major depart­ment—completes the minor, for a minimum of 15 credit hours.

Foreign Language Requirement

To be an effective researcher and instructor in global affairs, minors should possess strong foreign language skills in at least one modern language. Minors must demonstrate foreign language competency at a level determined by the student’s approved program of study. Testing will be administered by the appropriate foreign language department or area studies program.


Although a 3.7 or higher GPA in Global Studies courses would normally exempt the student from having to take a written comprehensive examination, the final decision regarding a qualifying examination rests with the student’s doctoral field advisor and the Global Studies Director. Students who opt for the qualifying examination to satisfy their capstone project are required to take a written comprehensive examination regard­less of their GPA.

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