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 2020

Here is just a sampling of courses offered during the fall 2020 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.


Introduction to Global Affairs and Integral Human Development

KSGA 10001

Diane Desierto

TR 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

Korean Society and Politics

ASIA 30112

Sharon Yoon

MW 12:30-1:45 p.m.

3 credits

Join the Keough School’s first-ever Korean studies course. Korean Society and Politics provides students with a critical understanding of how South Korean society is organized, the major social issues that have dominated the contemporary era, and how systems of social inequality have changed since the postwar period.

Students will analyze, in particular, three major periods of social change: 1) the democratization movement of the 1970s and 1980s, 2) the Asian financial crisis and its impact on social inequality and poverty, and 3) South Korea’s aging crisis and its implications for the future.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Asian Studies concentration; or

Asian Studies Supplementary Major  or Asian Studies MinorLiu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

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 

Beginning Irish

IRST 10101

Mary O’Callaghan

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

Tara McLeod

MWF 10:30-11:20 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

Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary

CHR 30711

Dory Mitros Durham

F 12:45-2:00 p.m.

1 credit

Structured as a weekly guest-lecture series featuring authors, public intellectuals, faith leaders, external and internal members of the academy, the course will engage students with an event or concept necessary to understand and dismantle systemic racism. The series is a sophisticated, interdisciplinary introduction to systemic racism, addressed to students with curious minds and noble hearts. It will cover the range of issues that must be understood and addressed in order for us to build a vocabulary of racial justice as a mental guide to creating a just society.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Civil and Human Rights concentration — Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights

Intro to Peace Studies

IIPS 20101

Jason Springs

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

George Lopez

TR 9:30-10:45 a.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

European Politics

EURO 30201

Andy Gould

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

3 credits

In this course on European politics we will examine the literature on three major issues: regional integration, origins of modern political authority, and industrial political economy. We will seek to understand the origin, current functioning, and possible futures for key European institutions, including the EU, nation-states, social provision, unions, and political parties. Readings on the European Union, monetary politics, Germany, France, and Spain will be drawn from both scholarly sources and contemporary analyses of political events.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Transnational Europe concentration; or

Minor in European StudiesNanovic Institute for European Studies

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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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