Global Studies in Social Science

The Minor in Global Studies in Social Science, which is administered by the College of Social Science, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  The minor should be attractive to students who plan careers with a global focus and who, therefore, wish to add a strong global dimension to their disciplinary majors.  With the approval of the department and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

The Minor in Global Studies in Social Science is designed for students who wish to increase their understanding of the processes of continuity and change in various regions of the world, particularly Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.  The minor provides an opportunity for students to learn how contemporary global systems influence global relations and national trends, as well as how culture shapes processes of continuity and change in one of the major world regions.  Multidisciplinary in theory and practice, the minor is based on the methodologies, theories, and literatures of the social sciences and liberal arts and involves faculty from the social sciences, languages, and applied professional fields.

The College of Social Science academic advisor for Global Studies in Social Science assists the student in planning a program of study that is tailored to the student's interests, disciplinary major, and career objectives.  The student's program of study for the minor must be approved in advance and in writing by the advisor for global studies in social science.


Nicolas Gisholt
Academic Advisor
509 E Circle Drive, Room 302
Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Telephone: 517-353-3125
gisholt(at)msu.edu