GLS Information Session


By the end of this session, you will:

  • Discover how to support your Global Studies (GLS) degree with career-related experience and planning
  • Understand the structure and requirements of the GLS degree
  • Learn about the four Concentrations available
  • Prepare for an appointment with a GLS advisor to declare the major

Why Global Studies?

Global Studies could be the right major for you if:

  • You would like to increase your understanding of our interconnected world.
  • You want to examine theories and conceptual understandings of global phenomenon from multidisciplinary contexts.
  • You want to identify and assess global trends.
  • You aspire to a career focused on international service.

The following information session is for transfer and prospective UA students. If you are a current UA student, please log onto eSMS and complete the information session there.

What can I do with a Global Studies Degree?

The Global Studies degree is an interdisciplinary degree designed to help students think critically about global issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They also must balance multiple academic priorities while analyzing complicated problems.

Such skills are highly sought after in the workplace.

Possible careers for Global Studies graduates include:

  • International organizations
  • Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy
  • Research Institutes
  • Non-profit and Human Services
  • International Business
  • National Security
  • Council Government and Foreign Service
  • United Nations
  • Relief Organizations

Global Studies Degree Structure

The GLS major comprises 37 units (24 upper division units minimum), in addition to an International Immersion experience.

Core Courses

GLS 250: Dimensions of Globalization: States, Societies, and Institutions, and
GLS 251: Dimensions of Globalization: Language, Literature, & Culture


9 units from one of 4 concentrations – you may choose your concentration after taking the introductory course, GLS 250. Up to 3 units may be the optional thesis.

  • Global Societies: Human Rights, Migrations, and Social Movements
  • Global Cultures: Literature, Film, and the Arts
  • Global Health and Development
  • Global Political Economy and Institutions

Regional Study

12 units from one Geographic Region of study. You will declare your Geographic Region with your Advisor and identify appropriate coursework.

Advanced Language Study

6th semester proficiency (of a language spoken in the region selected)

Additional Requirements

International Immersion

GLS majors are expected to complete a minimum of 5 weeks of study outside the U.S (though semester or year-long programs are encouraged). Students work with their advisor and the Study Abroad office to determine how their study abroad coursework applies toward degree requirements.

Thesis Option

The major includes both thesis and non-thesis options. If students choose to do a thesis, they can use 3 thesis units towards the major. The Global Studies Thesis Track is for highly motivated students desiring intensive faculty mentoring and research opportunities. 

Minor optional, double major optional

Global Studies Experiential Component

International Immersion

GLS majors are expected to complete a minimum of 5 weeks of study outside the U.S (though semester or year-long programs are encouraged). Students work with their advisor and the Study Abroad office to determine how their study abroad coursework applies toward degree requirements.

In the rare cases in which a student’s individual situation makes going abroad impossible, the requirement may be fulfilled by 3 credits of internship (135 hours) with an organization that primarily serves people of non-US origin, and 3 credits of independent study which directly relate to the thematic content of the internship.

Options for Your Concentration

Global Cultures: Literature, Film, and the Arts

Understand the international landscape and the immense diversity of world cultures, languages, and literatures in the current global marketplace.


Global Health and Development

Learn concepts and skills in public health to identify and assess global health trends, understand global health priorities, and gain a sense of what interventions have and have not worked from both health and social science perspectives.


Global Political Economy and Institutions

Examine global political and economic mechanisms of order/disorder or cooperation/ conflict within a human community, and explore the major types of organizations, including nation-states, transnational or international organizations, and non- governmental organizations (NGOs).


Global Societies: Human Rights, Migrations, and Social Movements

Examine collective mobilizations within and across borders, and learn about human rights as lived reality, as an ethics of state power and as a tool for social activism and political emancipation. Also, study borders, migration, and diasporas – including identities, cultures, genders, ethnic groups, states and regions - in a global context and the institutions, discourses, practices, and processes that shape these as places and/or experiences.

Career Planning for Global Studies Students

Career Services (in the Student Memorial Union, Room 411) is an excellent resource for finding career-related experiences and opportunities. Networking, gaining transferrable skills, and building your credentials are an essential part of the undergraduate experience.

Know how to market the skills and knowledge you attain through a Global Studies degree:

Thank you for your interest in the Global Studies Degree.

In order to get started on this dynamic degree program we need some information from you.

Fill out the following form and click "Submit"

Please enter your full name so that your advisor knows you have completed the mandatory information session. You may be asked to reschedule your appointment if you have not completed this session.
Enter your email address so that your advisor can get in touch with you if necessary.
If you are a current UA student, please enter your net ID.

In the Statement of Interest field, please explain why you are interested in pursuing a major in Global Studes.

Which of the 4 Global Studies CONCENTRATIONS are you considering? You may pick multiple concentrations if you would like to discuss more than one option with your advisor.

Declaring the Global Studies Major

Step 1
Complete this information session by filling out the required information form at the end.*

Step 2
On the form, identify your Regional area and Concentration. Fill in courses you’ve completed that you feel may apply.
Note: Tier 1 General Education courses cannot be used in any Regional or Concentration area.

Step 3
Schedule an appointment with a Global Studies advisor by calling 520-621-7763 or stopping by Bear Down Gym. Schedule an appointment online.
*Students who do not complete this form in advance of their appointment will need to reschedule.