The globalization concentration is designed to advance theoretical and empirical knowledge of globalization, its underlying structures and processes, and its myriad social consequences. The concentration offers a critical and praxis-oriented approach to globalization, emphasizing political economy, transnational social movements, and grassroots responses to global inequities.
The concentration brings together faculty from both sociology and anthropology who have conducted empirical research in such diverse areas as Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the European Union, South Asia, and the Middle East. Students receive training in theory and methods that enables them to produce new knowledge on the meaning and consequences of globalization and develop effective solutions to the social and environmental problems associated with neoliberal globalization.
Globalization students can also participate in research activities at the Center for Gender Studies, the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative (NEJRC) and the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, among other resources on campus and throughout the Boston area. To satisfy the concentration requirements, students take a foundational course on the dominant sociological paradigms used in the study of globalization, as well as two topical electives, and a globalization comprehensive exam.