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A Proposal of Comparative Globalization Studies Program

The Program of Comparative Globalization Studies (PCGS) in TAMU-Commerce is aimed at providing students with analytical approaches to comparative and worldwide influences of globalization on countries and their processes and outcomes. By combining rational in class teaching and an innovative virtual campus experience with guidance from experts with TAMU-based faculty, Comparative Globalization Studies give students the opportunity to build a global professional network, and gain the skills they need to truly make a difference.

The Program of Comparative Globalization Studies (PCGS) is part of ACGS in TAMU-Commerce. The M.A. Program of Comparative Globalization Studies examines and compare current trends of globalization cross countries in terms of globalization practice and globalization theories. The main focuses will be on transnational processes, and global-local interactions from perspectives of sociology, anthropology, history, political science, etc. Students require taking several courses to acquire theoretical concepts and methodological approaches for the study of global phenomena. A range of thematic elective courses enables students to explore global issues and phenomena from country-based or area-based perspectives that draw on concrete cases in North America, South America, North Europe, and South Europe, East Asian, Southeast Asian, Latin America, the Middle East, and the rest of the world. PCGS will provide an interdisciplinary view of globalization theories and comparative frameworks that stretch beyond traditional view of world system to delve into concepts of globalization and interconnections; history and culture; domestic policy and national identity; and theory and practice.

Students of PCGS strive to understand the trends of globalization worldwide and practices in an increasingly interconnected world. Today, our leaders’ decisions, and indeed many of our own personal choices, about the economy and trade, education and human rights, global security, sustainable development, energy usage and the environment may affect people's lives far beyond our national borders. Program of Comparative Globalization Studies build global awareness and global perspective with global observation. PCGS can help build working relationships among people cross borders. By observing and comparing globalization in different countries, areas and the problems encountered from different perspectives, students may engage with real-world issues. They examine many of the most pressing concerns facing today's world, such as poverty, inequality and human rights; the role of states, the international community, NGOs and civil society in policy making and implementation; the influence of history, culture and tradition in schooling; and intersections among the economy, societal and social policy.

The PCGS offers the M.A. degrees in Comparative Globalization Studies, International Business and Development Studies, and Chinese Studies. The culturally and nationally diverse student body and faculty form a lively intellectual community, and the North Texas and A&M University system enhances teaching, research, and career opportunities.

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