Global and Regional Studies

BAAS Course Block in Global and Regional Studies

About the Global and Regional Studies course block

Global and regional studies allow you to explore multiple aspects of our world through courses that encourage broad comparisons and courses that focus more closely on particular places or cultural formations. The objective of the Global and Regional Studies course block is to introduce you to a wide variety of analytical approaches as you develop conceptual frames that will help as you explore other global and regional studies coursework.

Our world is connected with global flows of information, money, and people. And our world is marked by distinct cultures and different economic systems, by barriers and separations. Our world is paradoxically characterized by interconnection and regional differences, by connections and shared cultures, and by separations and borders. Few aspects of our lives are untouched by global connections: consider pressing global concerns such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, the fluctuations of national borders, alliances, and economies worldwide, the growing need to foster virtual collaboration and inclusive environments at work, and even cultural phenomena like world music and the new Godzilla movie. With the global and regional studies courses, you gain greater competence in understanding and mastering the impact of these connections, forces, and inclusions. In addition, you develop analytical, writing, and communication skills around these issues.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree courses in the Global and Regional Studies course block are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. Courses in the block are largely asynchronous with some optional synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors.

All Penn LPS Online courses offer academic credit.*

Please note: Students who complete four of the courses in this course block while enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree are awarded a Certificate in Global and Regional Studies upon completion of the degree. If you are enrolled in the BAAS program and don't complete the degree requirements to graduate, you are not eligible to receive this certificate.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

The Global and Regional Studies course block prepares you to:

  • Gain command of key concepts and theories to support your analysis of global and regional issues in the world of work
  • Think critically about global commerce, international relations, and culture over time in different places
  • Develop a broad understanding of global movements of people, goods, money, and ideas across regions and in different historical moments, with knowledge based on specific regions supporting a global view
  • Identify and have a good understanding of current trends and historical transformations, and thus be better able to analyze change in the future
  • Gain confidence addressing global and regional issues because you have learned ways to approach new and different material
  • Manage the challenges of a multinational workforce and leadership in global careers

Meet the Faculty

Yasemin Akis
  • Instructor, Penn LPS Online
Online Certificate in Climate Change instructor
  • Director, Professional Master's Programs in Earth and Environmental Science
John Ghazvinian, PhD
  • Executive Director, Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania
Deborah Harrold
  • Senior Lecturer, Political Science and Liberal and Professional Studies
Michael Joiner
  • Director of Academic Engagement, Wharton Interactive
Kevin M.F. Platt
  • Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities
  • Graduate Chair of Russian and East European Studies
Rebecca Stein
  • Executive Director of the Online Learning Initiative