Featured Courses

Featured Courses

Explore different courses and continents to globalize your education.


Each semester the Keough School offers hundreds of courses for global thinkers like you. These courses span disciplines, cultures, languages, and countries–giving you the knowledge you need to address the global issues you care about. Whether you are considering a major or minor or are simply curious about global affairs, we invite you to explore the diverse courses offered by the Keough School.

Fall 2019

Here is just a sampling of courses offered during the fall 2019 semester. This is not an exhaustive list of courses offered by the Keough School and its global institutes. A full list of courses and descriptions can be viewed online in NOVO or Browse Classes under the advanced college search “Keough School.” Course offerings change every semester. You do not need to be enrolled in a Keough School program to register for these courses.


Visualizing Global Change

KSGA 40200

Tamara Kay

T 2:00-4:45 p.m.

3 credits

How do social scientists, filmmakers, and photographers engage in social documentation? Students will explore how global social problems such as rural and urban poverty, race and gender inequalities, immigration, and violence are analyzed across the social sciences and depicted in a variety of documentary film and photography genres. Students will also explore the role that documentary photography and film play in promoting rights and advocating for social change. 

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary Major — Keough School of Global Affairs

Global Policy Seminar

KSGA 30011

Frank Taylor and Sara Sievers

F 2:00-3:15 p.m.

1 credit

This one-credit-hour seminar exposes students to the range of topics and geographies essential to a broad understanding of global policy. Invited guests will include policymakers and business leaders from several different countries; representatives of international organizations; officials from different branches and departments of the United States government and military; advocates from non-governmental organizations; activists from local NGOs and social movements; as well as journalists and academics from across the world. Students are expected to attend the presentations of these speakers, and act as student hosts for at least one speaker during the year.

Seminar guests change every semester. To view previous guests, visit the policy seminar bios page.

International Law and Human Rights

CHR 30708

Diane Desierto

MW 3:30-4:45 p.m.

3 credits

What role does international law have in the advancement of human rights, and how do human rights, in turn, advance international law? This course introduces students to modern international law, from the challenges that influenced the first codification of human rights norms under the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, up to current international systems of protection for human rights.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Civil & Human Rights concentration — Keough School of Global Affairs

Intro to International Development Studies

IDS 20500

Paul Perrin

MW 2:00-3:15 p.m.

3 credits

This course serves as an introduction to the field of international development. Students will examine debates on the meaning and measurement of development; alternative approaches to, and methods in, the study of development; and attempts to address some of the main development challenges facing the world today. There will be a central focus on understanding “what works” in development. Working together in teams, students will conceptualize and design an international development project using “real world” constraints.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary Major, International Development Studies concentration; or

Minor in International Development StudiesKellogg Institute for International Studies 

Connecting Asia: Pasts, Presents, Futures

ASIA 30002

Julia Kowalski

TTH 11:00-12:15 p.m.

3 credits

Many people predict that the 21st century will be the “Asian Century,” dominated by China, India, and other nation-states on the continent. What does it mean to imagine an Asian future? In this class, we answer this question by rethinking connections between past, present, and future, both within and between different nations in Asia. How can we better understand the global connections between past and present if we take Asia, rather than Europe and North America, as our starting point? Students will learn to explain how Asia shapes our world. No prior knowledge of Asian languages or topics is required.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary MajorAsian Studies concentration; or
Asian Studies Supplementary Major Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies; or
Asian Studies MinorLiu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Transnational European Studies Seminar in Washington, DC

EURO 33010

William Donahue

Fall break residency in DC

3 credits

This multi-disciplinary, team-taught seminar focuses on a selection of the most pressing challenges facing the European-American relationship today. The seminar includes a required weeklong residency in Washington, DC, during fall break to bring students into dialogue with experts in contemporary European and global affairs. Classes will meet for weekly, one-hour sessions before and after the residency; day and time to be determined.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Transnational European Studies concentration — Keough School of Global Affairs

Intro to Peace Studies

IIPS 20101

Angela Lederach

MW 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Ernesto Verdeja

TR 2:00-3:15 p.m.

3 credits

Although the Cold War ended in 1989, civil war, genocide, and state repression continue to occur across the globe. Nevertheless, we have also witnessed the emergence of sophisticated networks and movements to address these challenges and to promote peace and justice in the aftermath of violence. This course is designed to introduce students to the various ways scholars and activists define peace and the challenges faced in securing peace. The course surveys: (1) the major causes of direct and structural violence; (2) various definitions of “peace” and the conditions under which it occurs and is sustained; and (3) the comparative success of various strategies such as building peace movements and promoting nonviolent social change.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary Major Peace Studies concentration; or
Supplementary Major or Interdisciplinary Minor in Peace StudiesKroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Beginning Irish

IRST 10101

Mary O’Callaghan
MWF 8:20-9:10 a.m.
MWF 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Tara MacLeod
MWF 9:25-10:15 a.m.

4 credits

This course provides an enjoyable introduction to modern Irish. No prior knowledge of the Irish language is required. Students will learn a new language, explore Irish/Celtic culture, and investigate the linguistic politics of the only minority language offered at Notre Dame. Extensive use is made of role-play and interactive teaching methods. In addition to satisfying the language requirement of the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science, Irish satisfies the popular Irish Language and Literature and Irish Studies minors’ requirements, and selected students will have an opportunity to study in Dublin, Ireland.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary Major Irish Studies concentration; or
Minor in Irish StudiesKeough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Introduction to Global Affairs and Integral Human Development

KSGA 10001

Diane Desierto

MW 9:30-10:45 a.m.

3 credits

What field(s) of study and expertise are typically clustered under the term “global affairs”? This course provides a broad overview of global affairs and explores Notre Dame’s particular approach to global issues, namely “integral human development” (IHD). IHD is a conceptual and normative framework for understanding, practicing, and evaluating efforts to reduce poverty, build peace, protect human rights, and address crises caused by food shortages, natural disasters, environmental degradation, and exploitative government or corporate practices and policies.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary MajorKeough School of Global Affairs

Information to register for classes:


Current students can view a full list of Keough School courses and descriptions online in NOVO or Browse Classes. Click on Advanced Search, then perform a College search for “Keough School.” Courses with the subject code “KSGA” contribute to the Keough School’s Supplemental Major in Global Affairs. Courses offered by the Keough School institutes, including courses that contribute to the global affairs concentrations, are identified by their respective subject codes (Liu/Asian studies: ASIA, Kellogg/International development studies: IDS, Keough-Naughton/Irish studies: IRST, Kroc/Peace studies: IIPS, Klau/Civil and human rights: CHR, and Nanovic/European studies: EURO).

Global Affairs Major


Core courses that count towards the supplemental major in global affairs can be found by searching within Coursicle or NOVO using the subject code “KSGA.” Courses that fulfill the supplemental major’s global cultures requirement can be found under the subject code KSGA with the course attribute “GLBC.”


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