Global and Regional Studies
Luis A. Vivanco, Ph.D., Program DirectorDepartment of Anthropology
- Global Studies Handbook for Majors (PDF)
- Checklist for GS Majors (PDF)
- Global Studies Handbook for Minors (PDF)
- Registrar's Office
The UVM Global Studies Program, one of eight areas of study within the Global and Regional Studies Program, is an interdisciplinary field whose primary focus is globalization, which are the social, political, economic, natural, and cultural relationships that extend beyond the boundaries of nation-states. Global Studies explores issues that increasingly affect all societies, such as:
- rapid and far-reaching environmental and technological changes, such as those related to global warming;
- the proliferation and impacts of communications media and other technologies;
- transnational economic interactions, including trade, capital, and labor flows;
- the quest for world order, law, and human rights through global political institutions and processes;
- the circulation of principles like universal human rights, democracy, gender equality, and racial/ethnic equality;
- processes of cultural, social, economic, religious, and linguistic homogenization and differentiation;
- diasporas and transnational migratory movements and processes;
- the health and environmental consequences of transnational political, economic, and social processes;
- bioregional approaches to environmental management such as transfrontier conservation areas.
A central goal of the Global Studies Program is to help students develop cross-border and holistic perspectives on global interconnections and interdependencies. At the same time, they also develop an appreciation of how globalization processes affect and express themselves in particular regions and localities, primarily through case studies, advanced language and literature study, and optional, but highly recommended, study abroad.
What fields can I go into with a Global Studies major?
Students who major in Global Studies learn to see complex connections through systemic and holistic thinking. They also master interdisicplinary research skills and a foreign language.
All of these skills are useful in these careers:
- Foreign Service/State Department;
- International business, including working for a domestic American corporation in their international operations, or working for a corporation abroad;
- International law;
- International development and sustainable development;
- International non-profit work or activism on environment, human rights, social justice, etc.;
- Journalism and other communications media;
- Education, especially teaching and administration at the high school level and above.
Looking for a GRS study abroad course this summer? Need Global Studies or European Studies credit?
GRS 095: Biking Through History - travel course to Spain
Professors McKew Devitt (Spanish) and Luis Vivanco (Anthropology)
May 20-May 31, 2013
3 credits in Global and Regional Studies
The Camino de Santiago is an enriching point of entry for a cultural understanding of Spain, its languages, history, architecture, and gastronomy. The Way of Saint James, as it is also called, is a series of pilgrimage trails that lead to Santiago de Compostela. Peregrinos, or pilgrims, have walked it for centuries for many reasons: religious fulfillment, historical and cultural interests, and even as an adventurous personal challenge. Today, people from all over the world hike, bike, and even ride horseback on westerly routes to Santiago, an enchanting medieval city. The students who take part in this course will have the opportunity to experience the pilgrimage by a combination of biking and walking, starting from the picturesque city of León, and cover almost 200 miles on the Camino Francés, the most popular of all the routes. The biking and walking will be relatively easy, with some moderate elevation gains on some days, but not anything that the average cyclist or walker can’t tackle. A support van and two experienced adventure travellers, Drs. Luis Vivanco and McKew Devitt, will also accompany the students. Prior to the trip students will be required to attend a series of lectures about the history of the Camino and cycling. Upon completion of the requirements for the course students will receive 3 credits from Global and Regional Studies. For more information please contact McKew Devitt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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