Major Transfer Guide for Global Studies

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

The Department Website provides information about major and minor options and requirements, the major declaration process, departmental advising contact information, and more. If you have specific questions about the major, you can contact the departmental advising office.

Recommendations from the Major Department

Courses to prepare for the major

All courses in the Global Studies (GLOS) major are upper division (3xxx-5xxx level). However, taking an introductory course that relates to the themes or regions in the Global Studies major (listed below) can help explore your potential interest. Global Studies major students select one theme and one region of concentration.


  • Cultural Production and Everyday Practice
  • Political Economy and Environmental Change
  • Human Rights and Justice
  • Global Health and Mobile Populations


  • Africa
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Islamic World
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • South Asia

Students who would like a preview of the Global Studies major and faculty are especially encouraged to take GLOS 1112: Social Justice and Globalization.

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.

See the catalog for all courses in the major.

Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses. In Transferology, a direct equivalent shows as the UMTC course number. For example, COMM 1101 is a direct equivalent, while COMM 1T*** is not. 

Requirements to declare the major

In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation.

Major declaration for Global Studies takes place after orientation during an appointment with the departmental peer advisor. Specific courses are not required before declaring the major, and courses do not need to be taken in sequence (with the exception of the capstone course, GLOS 3981W/3550V). Students are encouraged to take GLOS 3144 and GLOS 3145 in their sophomore or junior year.

We recommend that you meet with the Global Studies advising office during your first semester in CLA to discuss your interests and the declaration process. Meeting with the departmental or peer advisor allows students to learn about opportunities within the major and department (see the Global Studies “Scholarships and Grants” page), plan coursework effectively and efficiently, and discuss study abroad and internships. It is very possible for transfer students to study abroad in the Global Studies major and still graduate on time.  

Limits on the use of transfer credits towards the major

Lower division coursework – All courses in the major are upper division (3xxx-5xxx level).

Major residency requirement – At least 14 upper division credits in the Global Studies major must be taken at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Of the courses counting towards the major, students must take at least five upper division “GLOS” designator courses or courses cross-listed with “GLOS.”

NOTE: Transfer courses do not need to be equivalent to UMTC courses in order to count for the Global Studies major. Please contact the Global Studies advising office to determine if upper division transfer coursework can count towards your regional or thematic concentrations in the Global Studies major.

Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major.  If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required.  

Additional information and recommendations

For a BA with a Global Studies major, begin considering your plans for the CLA second language degree requirement now. Students are encouraged to choose a language that relates to their regional interest within the Global Studies major. Depending on the language, you may be able to start language courses at your current college/university, which is recommended. Or, you may prefer starting one of the languages offered through CLA, but plan ahead for ample time to complete through the fourth semester level within your graduation timeline. Talk with a CLA transfer advisor for questions about completing the CLA second language requirement.

Please note that many incoming transfer students are eligible to apply for the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for less commonly taught languages (any language with the exception of Spanish, French, or German).  Please see the “Scholarships and Grants” page on our website or talk to Global Studies advising for more information.

Global Studies major students also complete an experiential learning requirement - either a study abroad of 6-weeks or more, or a relevant internship of at least 100 hours. Speak to the Global Studies departmental advisor in advance to explore opportunities. Pre-approval is necessary.

Since the Global Studies major incorporates courses from various subjects, it can be very convenient to double major or include a minor; there are many opportunities to “double dip” your classes. Some of the most common double majors/minors include Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Geography, and Communication Studies, and we also have students pursuing second majors/minors or degrees outside CLA - from Applied Economics to Nursing to International Business.

Because the Global Studies major is flexible and requires self-direction and planning, it is important to review your course interests and plans with the Global Studies peer advisors or the departmental advisor to ensure it relates appropriately to major requirements.

Global Studies is more than a major - it is also a community, and we value the contributions of our transfer students. If you would like to join our student advisory board, please contact the advising office. If you are not interested in student leadership, please join us for our biannual global trivia nights and potlucks, our finals movie meltdowns, our conversations about life after graduation, our undergraduate research conference, etc. We look forward to working with you!      

Global Studies Advising invites you to contact with questions - or just stop by 206 Social Sciences Building and introduce yourself! Welcome transfer students!