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Global Studies Department History

Global Studies was established as an interdisciplinary major within the Global and International Studies Program in 1998. It provides an undergraduate major that is distinctive in its emphasis on transnational processes and interactions that bring the world together across traditional national boundaries. It is one of the first programs in the nation to offer a degree with contemporary as well as historical globalizing trends as the central organizing theme.

The major includes two introductory gateway courses in global history, culture, and ideology and on global socioeconomics and politics and is built around three upper-division core courses that provide a coherent introduction to global culture and ethics, global ideologies and world order, and global economy and development.

Through its elective requirements, the major also affords students an opportunity to take additional courses offered by other departments and programs in the university: three in global issues and another three in one particular region of the world (Africa, the Middle East, South/Southeast Asia and the Pacific, East Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, or North America).

The Global Studies major requires three years of language study, which can be fulfilled all in one language or by taking two years of one language and an additional year of a second language. This requirement is consistent with the program’s belief that language study is essential to the study of the global and the international, whether it leads to greater facility in a single language or broadened familiarity with the way two different languages can open windows on the world.

Is the Global Studies Major for Me? As a prospective or recently-admitted student, what do I need to know?

The Global Studies major provides a well-rounded liberal arts degree that will help prepare students for a variety of careers in the international arena, although it is not strictly a business-oriented major. It will, however, help prepare students for further graduate study in international affairs, international business, peace and world order studies, area studies, and the emergent global civil society.
 
Global Studies is an established interdisciplinary major focused on preparing students to be active global citizens. Our major provides a broad background in world history, politics, culture, and economy that will equip you to “think globally” and prepare you for the challenges of the 21st century. Our talented and diverse faculty have knowledge of multiple regions of the world, are interested in global integration of ideas, and are committed to using global thinking to transform world problems.
  • Do you have a passion for world events and global issues like human rights, environment, and social justice? *Do you like to immerse yourself in other cultures or get excited about learning new languages?
  • Are you interested in working with global organizations, NGOs, or cultural exchange programs?
  • Are you interested in bringing a well-informed global worldview to any career path you choose, whether domestic or international?
  • Do you like to explore multiple perspectives and compare diverse regions and countries across the globe?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, this might be the major for you!

I'm ready to join the Global Studies major; where should I start?

  • For more information about preparing to join the major as a newly-admitted freshman or transfer student, click here.
  • Please visit our Undergraduate Advising page for other frequently asked advising questions, including changing your major, the major requirements, transfer orientation materials, and more.

Global Studies Advising

Due to COVID-19, the advising office is closed to in-person visits until further notice. Please click here for all online advising options.

Questions regarding the major, registration, and/or your academic progress?

  • Please visit our Undergraduate Advising and Registration Resources pages for many frequently asked questions
  • Our advising YouTube channel also has many resources for questions you may have about the major requirements
  • If you would like to contact the undergraduate advisor or any of our peer advisors, please email global-advising@ucsb.edu or schedule an appointment with this link. For emails, please include your name and perm #. If you are a UCSB student, emails must be sent from your UCSB email account. Please allow at least one full business day for a response to your email.

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