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Global South Studies

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Institute of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities Building, Sixth Floor
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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The Global South Studies Program (formerly Third World Studies) has three main objectives:

  1. To provide an understanding of the Global South and its relationships to the West. In order to understand these relationships, it is necessary to study the historical context out of which the present relationships developed. For example, besides trying to understand what kind of society existed in Meso-America when the Spaniards arrived in 1520, the student must also have an understanding of the historical development in Europe that resulted in Spain’s decision to seek wider trade abroad. There is insistence on both the similarities and differences that Global South societies have among themselves and the similarities and differences with Western societies.
  2. To provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Global South. The program is not conceived as being exclusively historically oriented nor as being predominantly a social science program, but rather one that integrates both the social sciences and the humanities.
  3. To provide an understanding of the shifting economic and political nature of the countries designated as belonging to the “Global South,” especially in light of the dramatic political and economic changes worldwide in the late 1980s and 1990s. To this end, our Global South Studies courses will, where appropriate, address and contextualize the history of the term “Global South” and its current applications in scholarship and the broader international media.

The Major Program

Students interested in Global South Studies may focus on a theme, problem, or geohistorical area. A Global South Studies major must be interdisciplinary. Students must choose course offerings from at least three disciplines (anthropology, economics, history, literature, political science, sociology, etc.).

A Global South Studies major requires a minimum of twelve upper-division courses plus three lower-division courses from the Global South Studies sequence (GSS 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, or 27). Students at Eleanor Roosevelt College may substitute up to two courses, Making of the Modern World 13 and 14, for two of the three-course lower-division sequence, but must take at least one course in the GSS 20–27 sequence. Selection of a specific concentration, discipline, or department should be determined in consultation with a Global South Studies faculty member or program adviser.

Students majoring and minoring in Global South Studies are encouraged to experience their areas firsthand by studying abroad in any number of ways. Most convenient, depending on the area, is the University of California’s Education Abroad Program (EAP), whereby students can gain UC credit for study at universities abroad. This is especially convenient for students who cannot find sufficient courses at UC San Diego pertaining to such regions as the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent. Moreover, Latin America, Asia, and Africa course work is available in these regions through the Education Abroad Program (EAP) and various programs available through other U.S. universities.

Double Major

Students interested in Global South Studies as a double major must have at least ten upper-division courses that are unique to each departmental major. The remaining two upper-division courses may overlap with the other major requirements with approval from both departments. Students should consult a Global South Studies program adviser for approval of a double major program.


A student may minor in Global South Studies by selecting two courses from the lower-division Global South studies sequence (GSS 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, or 27) and five upper-division courses in disciplines dealing with the Global South.

Global South studies faculty members offer courses in the Departments of Anthropology, Communication, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, History, and in the Global South Studies Program. Appropriate courses in other departments may also be considered. Students should consult departmental and program listings for Global South area offerings.

Global South studies offerings in affiliated departments (preapproved to count toward the Global South studies major or minor):


ANSC 104. The US-Mexico Border

ANSC 105. Global Health and Inequality

ANSC 106. Global Health: Indigenous Medicines in Latin America

ANSC 107. Capitalism and Empire 

ANSC 110. Societies and Cultures of the Caribbean

ANSC 111. The Chinese Heritage in Taiwan

ANSC 114. Food Cultures of South Asia

ANSC 130. Hinduism 

ANSC 133. Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

ANSC 135. Indigenous Peoples of Latin America

ANSC 136. Traditional Chinese Society 

ANSC 137. Chinese Popular Religion

ANSC 142. Anthropology of Latin America

ANSC 151. US-Mexico Border Ethnographies

ANSC 165. Contemporary South Asia

ANSC 166. Film and Culture in Asia 

ANSC 192. Liberation Bound: Struggles against Capitalism and Imperialism Worldwide

ANTH 108. Indigenous Peoples, Extractive Development, and Climate Change


COMM 104D. CMS: Asia

COMM 104F. CMS: Africa

COMM 104G. CMS: Latin America and the Caribbean

COMM 158. Representations of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 103A. The United States and the Pacific World

ETHN 119. Race in the Americas

ETHN 126. Comparative Filipino and Vietnamese American Identities and Communities

ETHN 142. Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality

ETHN 155. US Militarism

ETHN 160. Global Indigenous Studies

ETHN 169. Origins of the Atlantic World, c. 1450–1650

ETHN 170. Slavery and the Atlantic World


HILD 41. Anthropocene 2: The First Global Era, 1400–1750 

HILD 42. Anthropocene 3: The Industrial Revolutions

HILD 43. Anthropocene 4: The Great Acceleration, 1945–Present

HILD 60. Global Black History through Biography 

HIAF 111. Modern Africa since 1880

HIAF 112. West Africa since 1880

HIAF 113. Small Wars and the Global Order: Africa and Asia

HIAF 120. History of South Africa

HIAF 161. Special Topics in African History

HIEA 113. The Fifteen-Year War in Asia and the Pacific

HIEA 130. End of the Chinese Empire: 1800–1911

HIEA 131. China in War and Revolution: 1911–1949

HIEA 132. Mao’s China, 1949–1976

HIEA 137. Women and Family in Chinese History

HIEA 138. Women and the Chinese Revolution

HIEA 140. China since 1978

HIEA 155. China and the Environment

HIGL 114. History of Modern Vietnam 

HILA 100D. Latin America: Colonial Transformation

HILA 101. Nation-State Formation, Ethnicity, and Violence in Latin America

HILA 102. Latin America in the Twentieth Century

HILA 113D. Lord and Peasant in Latin America

HILA 114. Dictatorships in Latin America

HILA 115. The Latin American City: A History

HILA 119. Central America: Popular Struggle, Political Change, and US Intervention

HILA 120. History of Argentina

HILA 121A. History of Brazil through 1889

HILA 122. From Colony to Socialist Republic: Cuba

HILA 126. From Columbus to Castro: Caribbean Culture and Society

HILA 131. Mexico from Conquest to Modern Nation-Building

HILA 132. Modern Mexico: From Revolution to Drug War Violence

HILA 161. History of Women in Latin America

HILA 162. Special Topics in Latin American History

HINE 114. History of the Islamic Middle East

HINE 116. The Ottoman Empire, Iran and Egypt (1798–1914)

HINE 118. The Middle East in the Twentieth Century

HINE 119. US Mid-East Policy Post-WWII 

HINE 120. The Middle East in the New Century 

HINE 126. Iranian Revolution in Historical Perspective

HISC 109. Invention of Tropical Disease

HITO 180. Housing in the Developing World



LTEN 188. Contemporary Caribbean Literature

LTEN 189. Twentieth-Century Postcolonial Literatures

Spanish (texts read in Spanish)

LTSP 130B. Development of Latin American Literature

LTSP 133. Contemporary Latin American Literature

LTSP 134. Literature of the Southern Cone

LTSP 135A. Mexican Literature before 1910

LTSP 135B. Modern Mexican Literature

LTSP 136. Andean Literatures

LTSP 137. Caribbean Literature

LTSP 140. Latin American Novel

LTSP 141. Latin American Poetry

LTSP 142. Latin American Short Story

LTSP 172. Indigenista Themes in Spanish American Literature

LTSP 175. Feminisms, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America

LTSP 177. Literary and Historical Migrations 

Literatures of the World (texts read in English)

LTAF 120. Literature and Film of Modern Africa

LTAM 110. Latin American Literature in Translation

LTAM 111. Comparative Caribbean Discourse

LTEA 100A. Classical Chinese Poetry in Translation

LTEA 100B. Modern Chinese Poetry in Translation

LTEA 110C. Contemporary Chinese Fiction in Translation

LTEA 151. Readings in Tagalog Literature and Culture I

LTEA 152B. Topics in Filipino Literature and Culture (World War II–Present)

LTCS 133. Globalization and Culture

LTWL 135. The Buddhist Imaginary 

LTWL 140. Novel and History in the Third World 

LTWL 143. Arab Literatures and Cultures 

LTWL 145. South Asian Religious Literatures: Selected Topics

LTWL 156. Asian Diasporic Cinema

LTWL 157. Iranian Film

Political Science

POLI 130H. Vietnam: The Politics of Intervention

POLI 134A. Comparative Politics of Latin America

POLI 134B. Politics in Mexico

POLI 134D. Selected Topics in Latin American Politics

POLI 134N. Politics in Central America

POLI 144AB. Selected Topics in International Political Economy

POLI 146A. The U.S. and Latin America: Political and Economic Relations

POLI 150A. Politics of Immigration


SOCI 139. Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender

SOCI 158. Islam in the Modern World

SOCI 179. Social Change

SOCI 182. Ethnicity and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

SOCI 185. Globalization and Social Development

SOCI 187. African Societies through Film

SOCI 188D. Latin America: Society and Politics

SOCI 188E. Community and Social Change in Africa

SOCI 188G. Chinese Society

SOCI 188I. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

SOCI 188J. Change in Modern South Africa

SOCI 188M. Social Movements in Latin America

Students wishing to include additional related courses from these and other departments should consult a Global South studies adviser about the petition process.