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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, POLS 071, EC 040, CDAE 002
  • Human and Environmental Perspectives on Globalization: ANTH 021, GEOG 050
  • Humanities Perspectives on Globalization: HST 009, 010, REL 020, REL 029, WLIT 020

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, and in a concentration area that reflects our core areas.

  • Political-Economic Perspectives on Globalization: CDAE 102, GEOG 150, GEOG 272, EC 143, EC 220, HST 191, POLS 150, POLS 154, POLS 259; SOC 112
  • Human and Environmental Perspectives on Globalization: ANTH 173, ANTH 174, ANTH 285, ENSC 130, ENVS 167, GEOG 145, GEOG 148, GEOG 173, HLTH 105, POLS 159
  • Humanities Perspectives on Globalization: ARTH 165, ENGS 182, FTS 123, REL 104, REL 255, SPAN 111, SPAN 145, SPAN 264, WLIT 145
  • 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, students must complete 4 courses totaling at least 12 credits in a foreign language, at least 3 credits of which must be at the 100-level or above; or a minor in a foreign language. Students studying a language not regularly offered at UVM are exempt from the 100-level requirement.


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