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BA in Global Studies

Global studies is an interdisciplinary major; this means that as a global studies student you can tailor your major to your own unique interests. All global studies students declare both a thematic and a regional concentration (see below) and take two core global studies classes that explore theoretical approaches to the study of our globalized world.

The global studies major is meant to foster innovative problem solving by providing students with a variety of methods and analytic tools. We firmly believe that new ideas come from “thinking outside the box” and developing new perspectives that combine diverse ways of knowing the world.

All global studies students take five courses in one of the following themes:

  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Global Cultural Analysis
  • Global Political Economy
  • Human Rights and Justice
  • Population, Migration, Identity

All global studies students take four courses in one of the following regions:

  • Africa
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Russia
  • South Asia
Full lists of approved classes for all regions and themes can be found here.

Global studies students also take at least four semesters of a language spoken in their region of concentration and complete an experiential learning requirement of at least six weeks of study abroad or one hundred hours of relevant internship work. Internships must be approved by the global studies advisor.

Because global studies students take classes across disciplines, it’s easy to double major. Many of our students choose to complement their global studies degree with a major or minor in programs such as:

  • Public health
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Asian languages & literatures
  • Spanish & Portuguese studies
  • French & Italian
  • German, Scandinavian & Dutch
  • African American and African Studies
  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • Journalism
  • Communications
  • Art
  • Cultural studies
  • Gender, women & sexuality studies


In order to declare your major, email a peer advisor at to set up an appointment. Declaring a global studies major is a simple process, but you should make sure you are familiar with the major requirements and have at least a tentative idea about your thematic and regional concentrations before you declare.

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