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Global Studies and International Relations

Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

Program description

Global Studies and International Relations

Global trade, communication, travel, and governmental coalitions are reinventing the concept of "the nation," leaving national borders increasingly unstable and amorphous.

In keeping with Hampshire's interdisciplinary structure and focus on contemporary questions, our faculty encourages students of international relations and globalization studies to look beyond the study of nation states to the broader context of cross-national and cross-cultural influence and power.

Students explore the relations of economic change to cultural adaptation and political movements both within specific countries of their choosing and as part of a global reorganization after the Cold War.

Students may pursue interests such as immigration, economics, population policy, agriculture, or global music within a study of international relations and globalization studies.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course

Political Economy of Fair Trade

This course will provide an introduction to a dynamic and important part of the international economy: Fair Trade. Fair Trade is a strategy for transforming international markets to support small-producer livelihoods, build cooperative-based rural economies, and ensure ecological sustainability in endangered agricultural regions. Fair Trade links socially conscious consumers to democratically organized small producers through third-party certifications and social enterprises. In this course, we will understand Fair Trade as an attempt to correct the inequities of the post-colonial, neo-liberal economy. We will examine the historical roots of Fair Trade, compare and contrast Fair Trade with conventional supply chains, and place Fair Trade in a broader context of rural development. We will then critically examine the system's virtues and limitations as a non-governmental, consumer-driven intervention in the global commodity market. Students will have the opportunity to communicate with movement participants and develop hands-on projects.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • African Development
  • America and the World: The Global Debate Over U.S. Hegemony
  • Atomic History, Hiroshima to Iran
  • Biopower, Biopolitics, and Bare Life
  • Border Matters: Mexico and the U.S.
  • China Rising: Reorienting the Twenty-first Century Conflict Resolution and Historical Analysis
  • Comparative Orientalisms: Afro/Arab/Asian Connections
  • The Cuban Revolution: Visions, Reality, Crisis, and Collapse
  • Culture, Religion, and Environmentalism
  • Empires and Citizenship: Postcoloniality and Puerto Rican Communities
  • Environmental Policy in a Time of Globalization
  • Ethnography of South Asia
  • Evolution of International Regimes: From the League of Nations to Kyoto
  • Global Ethnography
  • Globalization and Africa
  • Global Resource Politics
  • Imagining the Third World
  • Interrogating Fear: Bioterror, the Environment, and the Construction of Threats
  • Israel and Palestine: The Clash of Nationalisms
  • Locating Resistance in a Globalizing World
  • The National Security State: Covert Operations in American Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present
  • North-South or South-South? International Economic Relations in the Age of Globalization
  • Oil and the Transformation of Arab Economies
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Reproductive Rights: Domestic and International Perspectives
  • Rethinking the Population Problem
  • Third World, Second Sex
  • Women and Politics in Africa
  • World Trade and the WTO

Through the Consortium

  • Africa: Problems and Prospects (SC)
  • Contemporary Europe (AC)
  • Documenting Change: Southeast Asia (AC)
  • Gender and Economic Development (UMass)
  • International Political Theory (UMass)
  • Middle East Politics (MHC)
  • Perspectives on War (SC)
  • Political Leadership in International Relations (MHC)
  • The Press and the Third World (UMass)
  • Seminar in Comparative Government (SC)
  • The Press and the Third World (UMass)
  • World Politics (AC)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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01002 Amherst Massachusetts
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