Global Studies Honors Program: A Joint Interdisciplinary Degree Program Developed by CGS with CLL and FLL



Program Description


Global Studies Honors Program is a joint degree program developed by the Center for Global Studies (CGS) with Department of Chinese Language and Literature (CLL) and Department of Foreign Language and Literature (FLL) in College of Liberal Arts (CLA) started from September, 2014. This cross-departmental and cross-major program represents an interdisciplinary endeavor to enable exploration of questions and answers beyond the scope of any single discipline. Interdisciplinary approaches lead our students across the restraints of disciplinary borders, encouraging an awareness of multiple cultural and global perspectives to actively understand and also embrace the complexities and differences of a diverse world. 

Events from the first decades of the 21st century have shown monumental challenges and opportunities within an unprecedented world-wide interconnectivity, and in order to reap the rewards and shoulder the responsibility, students need preparation for the demands of global citizenship. The Global Studies Honors Program is committed to cultivating among our students global perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and analyzing the origins, phenomena and consequences of global flows of peoples, information and media, finance, politics, and technologies.

This cutting-edge program will expand students’ expertise in their major, enhance their analytical skills, better prepare them for working in an internationalized arena, and provide skills for further graduate study, particular in international English-language environments.

The participants in the Global Studies Honors Program will have decisive advantages when competing for overseas study and internship opportunities provided by the college and the university, such as Shantou University’s current exchange programs with Dublin City University, the National University of Ireland—Galway, University of Calgary (Canada), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, University of Kentucky etc.





Program Goals


Global Studies Honors Program aims to cultivate responsible global and local citizens who are also equipped with versatile skills and adaptable abilities by providing rigorous and flexible education to develop students’ integrative thinking capabilities, interdisciplinary research abilities, global perspectives, new literacies and effective communication skills in English or other international languages. The training will help students acquire overall understanding of the complex global-local relationships that now exist in the 21st century as well as expertise in various areas and fields, thereby enabling them to meet with challenges and operate successfully in future globalized learning and working environments.



Learning Outcomes


Successful students will: 

1. Apply critical thinking to academic and social situations. 

2. Discuss issues from multiple and global perspectives. 

3. Explain how their lives intersect between the local and the global. 

4. Analyze global issues with interdisciplinary approaches.

5. Communicate effectively in English or other international languages orally and in written form. 

6. Demonstrate abilities in and skills for working and studying abroad or in transnational environments.


1. 将批评性思维应用于学术和社会情境。

2. 从多元视角、全球视野讨论问题。

3. 解释自己的生活如何在本土与全球间交接。

4. 通过跨学科的方法分析全球性问题。

5. 用英语或其它国际性语言有效地进行口头和书面交流。

6. 展示在国内外的各种国际性环境进行工作和学习的能力和技能。

Program Curriculum Structure


The Global Studies Honors Program curriculum consists of the following three categories.

1. Global Studies Required Foundation Courses

The courses introduce to students basic theories, topics, and research approaches in Global Studies.

2. Humanities and Social Sciences Electives 

The courses cultivate students’ critical and integrative thinking abilities, train them to analyze issues through interdisciplinary approaches and multi-perspectives, and develop their new literacies. Students can choose from the following: Integrative Thinking courses, cultural studies, film and media studies, history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, religious studies, gender and sexuality studies, American Studies, and Asian Studies, digital humanities, digital/multimedia writing etc.

3. Practicum and Independent Study 

Practicum provides opportunities for students to attend various international symposiums/ conferences/ lectures as audience, and participate in the event organization as volunteers as well as doing fieldwork in multi-cultural settings at home or overseas. In the process, they will have opportunities to directly learn from and communicate with prominent scholars and experts, work with faculty members and their peers, accumulating valuable practical experiences in terms of foreign language proficiencies, multicultural communication competence, academic professionalism, work ethic, sense of responsibility, organizational and coordination abilities, teamwork, and so on. Independent Study projects make it possible for students to develop their research interest outside regular courses with direct instruction from CGS faculty. 


1 全球研究必修基础课


2 人文社科类选修课


3 实践与独立研究


Degree Requirements


In fulfilling the requirements of this cross-departmental and cross-major program, students who are majored in CLL or FLL need to complete general credit work/hours required by their respective majors as well as take courses of no less than 16-20 credits in the Global Studies Honors Program (Please consult respective department for the required credits). 

Students need to complete no less than 2 courses from the Global Studies Required Foundation Courses. For the Practicum and Independent Study category, in order to receive the 2 credits of the obligatory Practicum, students need to participate in a practicum event as outlined by a CGS faculty supervisor and create projects or papers based on supervisor’s standards reflecting on their experience. Papers are typically at least 2,000 words, and will be kept for program development. Students may propose a practicum project of their own and select an advisor. The Honors Program members are not required but encouraged to apply to the CGS faculty and set up Independent Study (1 credit, presently not counted for graduation) projects based on their research interest and future directions. Altogether, students need to take no less than 4 English-taught courses (including bilingual ones).

To enroll into the Global Studies Honors Program, students need to register with the Program, generally from their sophomore year on. As most of the courses offered by the host of the Program, Center for Global Studies (CGS), can be counted simultaneously in more than one of the following categories—Global Studies electives, CLL and FLL major electives, CLA Core Curriculum electives, and STU Common Core Courses, students can start taking some of CGS courses in their first year to familiarize themselves with the required work of the Program. All the relevant CGS courses they have taken will be counted either as the required credits for the completion of the Program when they choose to enroll into the Program in their sophomore year, or as the credits of the CLA or STU core courses or major electives if otherwise.

The quota of the Program enrollment is 30.






Global Studies Honors Program Curriculum



I. Global Studies Required Foundation Courses /全球研究必修基础课程

[CIS6056B]  An Introduction to Globalization  (全球化概览)         2.0 Credits

[CIS6043D]  Media Worlds and Globalization (媒体世界和全球化)    3.0 Credits 

[CIS6068A]  全球正义:贫穷、道义与世界秩序                  2.0 Credits

[CIS6023A]  The Contemporary World                           3.0 Credits

[CIS6070A]  Anthropology of Globalization (全球化人类学)         2.0 Credits


II. Humanities and Social Sciences Electives/人文社科类选修课

1. [CIS6001A] Understanding “East and West”: Comparative Practices and Cultural Perspectives 3.0 Credits 

2. [CIS6012A] Anthropology of Media  (媒体文化人类学)  3.0 Credits 

3. [CIS6019A] Gender and Love as Socio-Cultural Narratives 3.0/2.0 Credits 

4. [CIS6024A] Introduction to Formal Logic: Propositional Logic (形式逻辑) 2.0/3.0 Credits 

5. [CIS6025A] Applied Ethics (应用伦理学)  3.0/2.0 Credits 

6. [CIS6035A] Survey of World Religions  (世界宗教巡礼) 2.0 Credits 

7. [CIS6036A] Making Money in America  (美国致富之路)  2.0 Credits 

8. [CIS6037A] Race and Ethnicity in America  (美国的种族与族裔)  2.0 Credits 

9. [CIS6047A] A World of Heroes  (英雄世界) 2.0 Credits 

10. [CIS6048A] American Humor: Comedy in US Culture   (美国幽默:美国文化里的喜剧)   2.0 Credits 

11. [CIS6056B] An Introduction to Globalization  (全球化概览) 2.0 Credits 

12. [CIS6061B] 心理学研究方法及其应用 (Method and Application of Psychology and Social Science)  2.0 Credits 

13. [CIS6062A] 政治哲学 (Political Philosophy)  3.0 Credits 

14. [CIS6063A] 当代中国社会思潮 (Social Thoughts in Contemporary China)   3.0 Credits 

15. [CIS6064A] The Fantasy and Science Fiction Film (梦幻和科幻电影) 3.0 Credits 

16. [CIS6055A] Early Encounters in US-China Relations  (早期中美关系的历史与文化) 2.0Credits 

17. [CIS6023A] The Contemporary World  3.0 Credits 

18. [CIS6027A] Leadership in America (美国由谁领导?) 3.0/2.0 Credits 

19.[CIS6040A]American Orientalism: Representation of Asia in US Culture and Foreign Policy  (美国东方主义:美国文化和外交政策对亚洲的表现) 2.0 Credits

20. [CIS6058A] Visual Culture in the Digital Age – Convergence, Remediation and Transmedia Platforms  (数码时代的视觉文化— 融合,矫正与跨传媒平台) 2.0 Credits 

21. [CIS6059A] Global Ecocinema--Reflections on Human Ecology and the Environmental Crisis (世界生态电影—反思人类生态学和环境危机)  3.0 Credits 

22. [CIS6060A] Asian Philosophy  (亚洲哲学) 2.0 Credits 

23. [CIS6809A] Cinderella in America, Japan, and China: Introduction to Comparative Cultural Studies (比较文化学入门:灰姑娘在美国、日本和中国)   3.0 Credits 

24. [CIS2049C] Research Methods in the Social Sciences - Doing Ethnographies  (社会科学研究方法-实地/田野调查) 2.0 Credits 

25. [CIS6006B] Chinese Documentary Film and Chinese Society  (中国纪录片与中国社会)   3.0 Credits 

26. [CIS6039B] The Concept of Freedom (自由理念的哲学思考) 2.0 Credits 

27. [CIS6043D] Media Worlds and Globalization  (媒体世界和全球化)   3.0 Credits 

28. [CIS6046A] Postmodernism in US Life and Culture  (美国生活和文化的后现代主义) 4.0 Credits 

29. [CIS6073A] 伦理与政治:中国与西方的视野 (Ethics and Politics: Chinese and Western Perspectives)    3.0 Credits 

30. [CIS6932A] China's Environment and the World/ Sustainable Development in Shantou 6.0 Credits 

31. [CIS6072A] Introduction to Digital Humanities: Topics, Techniques, and Technologies (数字人文概论) 2.0 Credits 

32. [CIS2014]     Food and Culture: Beyond Chopsticks and Forks 3.0 Credits 

33. [CIS6041A] Asian American Culture and History (亚裔美国人的历史与文化) 2.0 Credits 

34. [CIS6052A] World Leadership  (世界领导者)   2.0 Credits 

35. [CIS6067A] The Beat Generation and US Culture during the Cold War (垮掉的一代与冷战时期的美国文化) 2.0 Credits 

36. [CIS6068A] 全球正义:贫穷、道义与世界秩序 (Global Justice: Poverty, Morality and Global Order) 2.0 Credits 

37. [CIS6069A] 心理学问题十六讲 3.0 Credits 

38. [CIS6070A] Anthropology of Globalization  (全球化人类学)  2.0 Credits 

39. [CIS6071A] From the Zoetrope to CGI: History and Theory of Animation Film (动画片的历史与理论) 3.0 Credits 

40. [CLA1203B] World War II (第二次世界大战) 3.0 Credits 

41. [CIS6057A] The City in the 21st Century - Urbananization and the Environment (全球化、城市化与环境---21世纪的城市)  3.0 Credits 

42. [CLA1300A] The American Dream and the Chinese Dream  (美国梦与中国梦) (双语) 3.0 Credits 

43.[CIS6066A]Between the Familiar and the Unfamiliar: History Writing and Globalization  2.0 Credits

44. [CIS6086A] The Meaning of Compassion  (何为同情)   2.0 Credits 

45. [CIS6016A] A Digital Humanities Approach to Pirates in Global History and Culture (从数字人文角度看全球历史与文化中的海盗) 4.0 Credits 

46. [CLA2200A] Western Perspectives on Modern Chinese History 2.0 Credits 


III. Practicum and Independent Study /实践与独立研究

[CIS6933A]   Global Studies Practicum (required)     2.0 Credits 

[CIS6900A]   Independent Study Project (optional)     1.0 Credit