Auburn Bulletin 2023-2024

Global Studies in Human Sciences (GSHS)

For Global Studies in Human Sciences students, the world is their classroom. Global Studies focuses on topics such as hunger and food insecurity, community development and entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, maternal and child health, education, global markets, humanitarian aid and social policy. Key to gaining real-world experience with these and other issues, and fully understanding the diverse nature of other cultures, a minimum of one study abroad experience and a semester-long internship is required for every student enrolled in the program. In addition to the valuable lessons learned abroad and in the internship, the Global Studies curriculum teaches students to use design-thinking methodologies to develop solutions to global issues. Through this course of study, students learn the realities of globalization and how local and global issues are interconnected and develop a refined skill set that will equip them to work collaboratively with communities and organizations to improve quality of life around the world.

Global Studies graduates are prepared to step into roles in large national and multinational companies, philanthropic foundations, global and local nonprofits, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations or pursue graduate study in fields ranging from law to public health and social entrepreneurship among others. The Global Studies interdisciplinary degree, coupled with the required minor, study abroad and internship, actively prepares students to become global citizens and empowers them to pursue their passions.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3HDFS 2000 Marriage and Family in a Global Context3
PHIL 1050 Introduction to Political Philosophy, 1060 Philosophy East and West, 1070 Art, Value, and Society, 1080 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion, or 1090 Philosophy of Race and Gender3NTRI 2000 Nutrition And Health3
SUST 2000 Introduction to Sustainability3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
GSHS 2000 Global Studies Human Sciences3MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry or 1120 Pre-Calculus Algebra3
 15 15
Core Science Sequence14Core Science Sequence14
HUSC 2000 Hunger: Causes, Consequences, and Responses3GEOG 1010 Global Geography3
CADS 2000 Global Consumer Culture3Minor Course(s)3
CORE LITERATURE3ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics3
FINE ARTS CORE3GSHS 3000 Global Studies in Human Sciences Lecture Series1
 GSHS 3010 Professional Development in Global Studies2
 16 16
Foreign Language l4Foreign Language ll4
CADS 2700 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations3Minor Courses(s)3
Minor Course(s)6COMM 1000 Public Speaking3
HDFS 4680/ Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective, 3080 Development of Interpersonal Relationships, or 4700 Gender Roles and Close Relationships43ECON 4300 International Economics, 3090 Introduction to International Relations, or 3120 Introduction to Comparative Politics**3
 GSHS 4050 Design Thinking in Global Studies in Human Sciences3
 16 16
GSHS 4920 Global Studies Internship212GSHS 5000 Global Studies in Human Sciences Capstone3
 HOSP 4570 Global Hospitality3
 Minor Course(s)6
 Free Electives2
 UNIV 4AA0 Achieve the Creed30
 12 14
Total Hours: 120

Due to capacity issues, students might not be able to enroll in foreign language sequence during the academic year and might be required to take these courses at Auburn during the summer or at another approved institution.


ECON 4300 requires a pre-requisite of ECON 2030.


Choose from:CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 & CHEM 1020/CHEM 1021; BIOL 1000/BIOL 1001 & BIOL 1010/BIOL 1011; PHYS 1500 & PHYS 1510; GEOL 1100 & GEOL 1110; CSES 1010 & CSES 1020; FOWS 1020/FOWS 1021 &FOWS 1030/FOWS 1031FOWS 1040/FOWS 1041 & FOWS 1050/FOWS 1051; GEOG 1020 & GEOG 1030


Internship placement must have global/international focus. Internship may be completed in the summer semester. There are also several CHS study abroad programs that have internship requirements built into them. These must all be pre-approved by the Director of Global Education.


Seniors must register for UNIV 4AA0 the term they plan to graduate (non-credit class for clearing graduation).


HDFS 4700 is typically offered in the Spring semester.

For the required minor in Global Studies in Human Sciences, students may choose from the following minors: Business minor, Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies minor, Hunger Studies minor, International Minor in Human Sciences, Human Development and Family Science minor, Sustainability minor, Public Health minor, Global Cultures minor, Africana Studies Minor, Rural Sociology Minor or Asian Studies Minor.