Course Descriptions

In the Global Studies Fellows Seminar, students will delve into the growing body of literature about the theory and methodologies of Global Studies, and explore issues related to migration, religious conflict, development, entrepreneurship, human rights, gender, stewardship, violence and peacemaking, missiology, and the arts. Through the seminar, faculty from across disciplines—History, Political Science, Religious Studies, Economics, Sociology, Biology, and Theatre Arts, to name a few—share their research and expertise on a range of global issues and concerns. As a member of the seminar, you will become a Global Studies Fellow and will undertake a project that contributes to the programs and discussions of global issues on campus.

Satisfies GE Understanding Society requirement.

Westmont’s various off-campus programs—in places such as Mexico, Uganda, Europe, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Asia, San Francisco, and downtown Santa Barbara—are sponsored by the Office of Global Education. The Office can also advise students of approved programs offered by affiliate institutions. Make an appointment at

An additional four-credit course in language beyond the course counted for your general education requirement.

Students who pursue the minor in Global Studies must complete a research-oriented practicum that develops leadership and inquiry skills. You would work with the Director of the Global Studies Fellows Program to develop a research project; these projects can align with Major Honors projects or senior theses in your primary major, or they can be forms of engagement with the local community.

Many of the research projects have a local focus, such as work with food insecurity in Santa Barbara County. Others provide opportunities for research in international venues such as:

  • India (global development, education, entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture)
  • Ireland (conflict and peace making through interreligious dialogue)
  • Peru (working with World Vision to advance the settlement and training of indigenous people)