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Oklahoma State University
School of Global Studies and Partnerships

Educating a New Generation of Global Leaders

Focus Areas

The Global Studies master's degree candidate chooses an area of focus for his or her courses of study. This allows candidates to pursue their area of particular interest in more depth. All students are required to take an introductory course in each focus area to gain a greater global perspective.

Global Business and Trade

This area focuses on global trade and economic development, with studies in trade policy, macroeconomic policy, political and legal structures surrounding global trade. This focus area is appropriate for students wishing to enter careers in international business, government, public service, institutional development, consulting, trade development, policy analysis and economic development.

Students in this track will take 9-12 hours, equivalent to 3-4 courses, from the courses listed below. 

Prefix Course Name
 GS 5333  Certified Global Business Professional
 MKTG 5553  International Marketing Strategy
 AGEC 5343   International Agricultural Markets and Trade
 MGMT 5743   International Negotiations
 ECON 5603   Global Economics
 DHM 5663   International Merchandising Management 
 FIN 5213  International Finance
 BAN 5733   Business Analytics
 MSIS 5313   Production Management 
 EEE 5403   Social Entrepreneurship
 GS 5020   Independent Study in Global Studies
 GS 5070   Special Topics in Global Studies

Other course as approved by the Director of Academic Programs.

Global Leadership and Development

This focus area addresses fundamental global challenges, and developing the skills that will enable students
to be leaders in addressing humanitarian and social issues in diverse cultural settings. Depending on their interests, students may select courses that address: human rights, nutritional problems, health care human capital development, educational needs and occupational training. Students completing this area prepare for careers in international service agencies, humanitarian groups, educational and research institutions and consulting firms.

Students in this track will take 9-12 hours, equivalent to 3-4 courses, from the courses listed below. 

Prefix Course Name
 GS 5223   Culture, History and World Systems (same as SOC 5223)
 AGED 5703   Cultural Competency for Working in Agricultural and Extension Education
 ANTH 5243   Globalization and Culture
 GEOG 5233   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
 HRAE 5833  Global Consulting
 HCA 5153   International Health Systems
 MGMT 5093   Management of Non-Profit Organizations
 NSCI 5553   Global Nutrition and Food Security
 OCED 5133  Internationalism, Globalization and Occupational Education
 POLS 6303   Populations at Risk
 SCFD 6023   Comparative Education
 EEE 5403   Social Entrepreneurship
 AGIN 5312   Applied Issues in International Agriculture
 GS 5020   Independent Study in Global Studies
 GS 5070   Special Topics in Global Studies

Other course as approved by the Director of Academic Programs.

 

Global Communication and Public Diplomacy

Global news organizations, emerging communication technologies, and the recognition of social networks and ties have had a particularly potent impact on how we communicate internationally, so much so that governments are building capacity in public diplomacy to better manage the impact of media on international relations. This focus area is designed to help students develop skills and theory in public diplomacy so they are better prepared for careers in government service, business, or other fields that require an understanding of the global communication environment.

Students in this track will take 9-12 hours, equivalent to 3-4 courses, from the courses listed below. 

Prefix Course Name
 MC 5253   International Mass Communication
 GS 5323   Nation Branding 
 GS 5343    The Geopolitics of New Media
 GS 5043    Politics in a Global Economy (crosslist with POLS 5043) 
 GS 5223   Culture, History and World Systems (same as SOC 5223)  
 SOC 5333   Global Population and Social Problems  
 HIST 6130   Graduate Studies in History (Public Diplomacy)  
 POLS 5673    Understanding and Responding to Terrorism
 POLS 5203   ProSeminar in International Relations
 POLS 5403   ProSeminar in Comparative Politics  
 AGCM 5503   Risk and Crisis Communication in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 
 GS 5020   Independent Study in Global Studies
 GS 5070   Special Topics in Global Studies 

Other course as approved by the Director of Academic Programs.

Global Disaster and Crisis Management

The Global Disaster and Crisis management focus area emphasizes global development through crisis management and security studies, such as natural disasters, political crisis, or social conflict. This track prepares students in government or nonprofit organizations.

Students in this track will take 9-12 hours, equivalent to 3-4 courses, from the courses listed below. 

Prefix Course Name
 GS 5533   Complex Emergencies
 GS 5543   Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Management
 POLS 5673   Understanding and Responding to Terrorism
 POLS 6203   Comparative and International Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Management
 POLS 6303   Populations at Risk
 POLS 5933   Disaster Response
 POLS 5923  Preparedness and Planning
 POLS 6300   Special Topics in Fire and Emergency Management
 AGCM 5503   Disaster Management & Communication in Agriculture & Natural Resources
 SOC 6493   Sociology of Disaster
 NSCI 5553  Global Nutrition and Food Security
 GEOG 5233   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
 GS 5020   Independent Study in Global Studies
 GS 5070   Special Topics in Global Studies

Other course as approved by the Director of Academic Programs.

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