Multidisciplinary Minors/Certificates

International Studies, Foreign Languages and Business Certificate Program 

Carolyn F. Malloy, Ph.D., Director
This certificate program, open to all students, responds to the need for understandingthe international and interdependent dimensions of business in the modern world. It also provides preparation for careers in international business and for graduate programs in areas with an international focus.
The goals of this program are to:
·         aid students in their understanding of the international and interdependent character of the contemporary world
·         enable students to deepen their awareness of the international dimensions of American business
·         prepare students for careers in international business by providing language competency and knowledge of
international affairs
·         provide knowledge and training in international business within the context of a liberal, humanistic, and
ethical tradition.
Admission to the program requires permission of the director. Students interested in the program are advised to meet with the director by the first semester of their sophomore year.


Globalization Studies MinorDr. Jean M. Stern, Director

The Globalization minor complements all majors and prepares students to “address the challenges of an ever-changing world and a diverse society” (Siena College Mission Statement). Students will examine how their decisions and those of other U.S. citizens affect and are being affected by decisions beyond our borders.They will also see that most careers whether in business, social policy/action, and the humanities, are pursued within a global context.
This minor is premised on the definition of globalization as the “growth of relations among people across national borders that creates a complex series of connections that tie together what people do, what they experience, and how they live across the globe.” It also incorporates Siena College’s Franciscan heritage by recognizing that St. Francis and his followers developed networks beyond Italy’s borders and that our contemporary connections must be evaluated in terms of both how they affect human society and all of Creation and how they involve our responsibility to others.
Hence, this minor attempts to enable students to discover their connections and responsibilities to the rest of the world through considering these basic questions in all its designated courses::
1. What are the positive and negative ways in which the people of the world are connected in the twenty-first century?
2. How do I and the people in my community, region and country have global connections with people in other lands?
3. How do individuals, organizations and governments attempt to manage these connections? What are the positive and negative implications for the various management methods and rules? Who benefits and who loses from these decisions? How do these decisions affect the marginalized and the poor?
Students intending to pursue a Globalization Studies minor should consult with the Director of Globalization Studies as soon as possible, preferably during their first year, in order to discuss the minor’s requirements and the student’s curricular program.
Globalization Studies Courses 
BUDV-201 Global Business Environment
BUDV-420 Global Connections
ECON-350 Comparative Economics
ECON-360 Economic Development
FINC-413 International Finance
FREN-330 French Civilization
FREN-340 Civilization of Quebec
GERM-025 Twentieth Century Germanic Literature in Trans.
GERM-026 Twentieth Century German Cinema
GERM-027 German Media Literacy
GLST-300 Topics in Globalization Studies
GLST-325 Globalization Travel Course
HIST-202 The West and the World
HIST-303 America and the World I:U.S. Foreign Relations 1776-1920
HIST-333 The Middle East in Modern Times
HIST-353 History of East Asia II
HIST-373 Africa II: The Modern Transition
HIST-457 American Immigration in Historical Perspective
MKMG-334 International Marketing
POSC-150 World Politics
POSC-250 United Nations
POSC-254 Children in War and Work
POSC-257 Terrorism: Causes and Cures
POSC-346 Middle East Politics
POSC-355 Global Environmental Dilemmas
POSC-362 Refugee and Migration Studies
POSC-378 International Law
RELG-210 Islam
RELG-280 World Religions
RELG-357 Global Catholicisms
RELG-385 Buddhist Traditions
RELG-390 Religion and Globalization
SOCI-140 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI-160 Environment and Society
SOCI-240 Sociology of Aging
SOCI-370 Medical Sociology
SOCI-375 Comparative Health Care Systems
SOCI-380 Population Problems
SPAN-027 Women Writers from Latin America: Literature in Translation
SPAN-350 Spanish Civilization
SPAN-360 Spanish American Civilization
GLST–490 International Experience Seminar
Description of Courses:
GLST—100. Introduction to Globalization Studies 3 credits
This course introduces students to the examination of ways that people
of the world, including themselves, are interconnected across national
borders and to evaluate the positive and negative implications of the methods
for managing that interconnectedness. Prerequisites: None. (ATTR:
GLST—300. Topics in Globalization Studies 3 credits
This course will explore topics in Globalization Studies that are not
part of the regular course offerings.Topics will be announced during preregistration
in the preceding semester.This course may be taken more than
once with different content. Prerequisites: None. (ATTR: ARTS, BUS,
GLST—325. Globalization Travel Course 3 credits
As an academic course that includes a required travel component, the
class offers three semester hours credit for coursework that includes an
intensive travel-study program in selected geographical areas. The travel
experience enhances the study of the impact of globalization on peoples
worldwide. Lectures, supervised research into aspects of the course, and
orientation meetings will prepare students for an informed experience.
This course may be taken more than once with different content.
Permission of instructor required.Travel cost paid by student. Cost varies
each semester. (ATTR:ARTS, BUS, GLST)
GLST—490. International Experience Seminar 3 credits
This course helps students evaluate and integrate their international
experience and globalization studies courses. Prerequisites: Permission of
the Globalization Studies Director. Students must have completed their
study abroad/international internship and their language requirement
before taking this course. (ATTR:ARTS, GLST)