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Global (Interational) Studies Registration Guide: Fall 2018

From Dr. Sheila Carapico, Coordinator

Advising for Fall 2018 begins Monday, March 26. Registration begins on Monday, April 2 for current seniors. Check your registration times.

NOTE: For the new university catalog beginning in fall 2018, International Studies will be renamed Global Studies. This change will only apply to current students if they so choose. However, as we begin the transition, the gateway and capstone courses are renamed, and will appear on Bannerweb as GS 290 and GS 400, respectively.


Please arrange to see your GS faculty advisor well before your assigned registration time. If for any reason you are unsure who your IS advisor is, consult GradTracker (if GS is your first major) or the list posted on the bulletin board across from INTC 302.

Your official faculty advisor must tag BannerWeb status to “Advised” before you can access registration. If you are a double major, and IS is not your first major, the advisor for your primary or first major will change your status to “Advised,” but you should still consult with your GS advisor or the coordinator. Students studying abroad should email their advisors but can also find detailed registration information on the Registrar’s Office Website: Registrar’s Office Website.

I am available for office hours in International Center 304 the following days and times.      

  • Monday, March 26, 1:00-3:30
  • Tuesday, March 27, 3:00-4:00
  • Wednesday, March 28, 1:30-4:00
  • Thursday, March 29, 3:00-4:00
  • Friday, March 30, 12:30-2:30
  • Monday, April 2, 1:00-3:00
  • Tuesday, April 3, 3:00-4:00
  • Wednesday, April 4, 1:30-4:00
  • Thursday, April 5, 3:00-4:00

For questions about registration, transfer credits, approval of courses for the major, and so forth please email me and please cc your GS faculty advisor.

The requirements for the major are listed on the website.


These requirements include a semester of study abroad relevant to the concentration within the major (See the website for recommended programs for each concentration in the major, and consult with your GS faculty advisor before making a decision).


Majors anticipating graduation in December 2018  or May or August 2019 must plan must plan to take the senior seminar, GS400, a capstone research seminar for all Global Studies majors. (Prerequisite: GS290 and senior status). For 2018/19 there are two options each semester: 

FALL 2018

GS 400-01 Senior Seminar: Global Poverty and Inequality (Professor Pribble).
Global poverty and inequality are issues of intense debate and deep concern. Indeed, since the adoption of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, the issue of global welfare has assumed a privileged place at the top of the international political agenda. Nonetheless, the problem continues to aggravate most regions of the world and in 2010 it was estimated that 48 percent of individuals in sub-Saharan Africa lived in extreme poverty (on less than US$1.25 per day), while that number equaled 30 percent in South Asia; 14 percent in South-East Asia; and 6 percent in Latin America. This course will engage students in a semester-long exploration of the issues of global poverty and inequality. We will begin the semester with a critical analysis of the concepts of poverty and inequality. During the second portion of the semester, we will discuss different theoretical approaches for explaining the causes of poverty and inequality and then finish with a series of readings about how poverty and inequality affect politics, economics, and socio-cultural developments around the globe.

GS 400-02 Senior Seminar: Ethnic Conflict and its Aftermath (Professor Joireman)
In the 21st Century ethnic conflicts have been a primary threat to peace, stability, and development around the world. Ethnic conflict destabilizes countries and entire regions, damaging prospects for development and hindering democratic consolidation. We will review the key debates on the concept of ethnic identity and causes of conflict. Then, we will discuss how countries recover from violent ethnic conflict, examining peace negotiations, transitional justice systems, disarmament and demobilization, return migration, and consociational models of minority representation. In the last part of the course, students will prepare an individual research project on a related topic of their choosing and write a major paper.


GS 400: Humanitarianism and Capitalism (Professor Bischof)
This course explores the relationship between making money and doing good in the modern world. It examines moments when humanitarianism and capitalism seemed to be in tension as well as moments when they seemed to be in harmony. As it does so, it explores the underlying conceptions of race, poverty, gender, economics, and international relations that influenced these perceptions about the relationship between humanitarianism and capitalism. The course will begin with several historical case studies, after which students will pursue their own research projects.

GS 400: Senior Seminar: Global Activism (Professor Carapico)
How do people mobilize across national boundaries or on a global scale to make a better world? This capstone seminar in International Studies will explore modes of activism via protest movements, artistic production, philanthropic projects, cyber-networks, legal defense, or myriad other avenues, on such issues as climate change, disaster relief, social justice, or cultural preservation. We will read scholarly analyses and study primary documents together during the first part of the seminar. Over the course of the semester each student will prepare an extensive bibliography, working from the class syllabus and individual research; discover and analyze original, primary-source materials on a suitable topic of their choosing; and write a major paper (typically 25-30 pages, including tables and graphics). 


Majors who have not yet completed the gateway courses should register for at least one of the following:

  • The required GS 290 Introduction to Global Studies (one section in fall 2018 and two in spring 2019)
  • Either GS/GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Global Development or PLSC 250 Introduction to International Relations.


In addition to the courses listed in the schedule under the IS heading, consult listings under Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, or other departments for courses relevant to your concentration.

A list of Fall 2018 courses offered at Richmond for each IS Concentration will be emailed and posted on the IS website by Monday, March 26.

Note: IS majors are strongly advised to study in different departments and disciplines; no more than four courses in any one department can be applied toward the IS major and at least three disciplines must be represented.


Anyone interested in doing a full-credit GS 388 Internship or GS 390 Independent Study should consult with their GS advisor and with me as GS Coordinator.