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Global studies is an interdisciplinary topic exploring global issues from political science, economic, sociological, and anthropological lenses. A major in global studies provides you with a passport to entering a highly rewarding career in fields including international relations, international business, foreign diplomacy, non-profit organizations, and more. Our major program offers a selection of stimulating coursework that prioritizes class discussion, features dedicated and experienced faculty, and prepares students for an inspiring career. 

The requirements for the B.A. with major in global studies include thirty credits, including GRS 001 (Introduction to Global Studies); GRS 200 (Seminar in Global Studies); and four core courses drawn from disciplines relevant to Global Studies. To fulfill these core requirements, students should take one course from each of the following three thematic areas, and a fourth core course in the thematic area of their choice:

  • Political-Economic Perspectives on Globalization: POLS 051, EC 040, CDAE 002
  • Human and Environmental Perspectives on Globalization: ANTH 021, GEOG 050, ENVS 002
  • Humanities Perspectives on Globalization: HST 010, or appropriate intro-level globalization and literature course

Additional Credits

The remaining 12 credits for the major should be drawn from the list of global studies electives each semester, a study abroad program, or in consultation with the GS advisor. Nine of these elective credits must be at the 100-level or higher. No more than nine credits used toward the major may be taken from any one discipline. In addition, majors must complete either four courses at or above the 100-level in any foreign language OR a minor in a foreign language.


  • Foreign Service/State Department
  • International Business
  • International Law
  • International Deveopment
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Education
  • Journalism