In UCSB’s Global and International Studies Program,
the term “global” refers to transnational
economic, political, environmental, social, and cultural
interactions and flows that operate at a global (i.e.,
trans-continental) scale. “Global studies”
views the world as comprised of increasingly interdependent
processes, rather than as shaped exclusively or even primarily
by the interplay of discreet nation-states.
Students pursuing a Ph.D. in English may petition to
add an emphasis in global studies. Petitions for adding
the emphasis can be made at any time in a student's graduate
career, but typically will be made after at least one
successful year of study in the home department. To satisfy
the Ph.D. emphasis in global studies, the student's dissertation
committee must have one member from a participating department
other than the student's own department. Students are
required to take four one-quarter graduate level courses.
One course is Global 201, the introductory gateway seminar,
offered by the Global and International Studies Program.
Three additional courses must be chosen from among qualifying
global theory and global issues courses offered by
A full description of the interdisciplinary emphasis
and its requirements are available at http://www.global.ucsb.edu/phd/about.html.
For additional information, please contact Giles Gunn,
who is the English department representative on the coordinating
committee, or Global Studies.