Why study global and international studies?

Because global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring around the world.

 

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

Requirements for the B.A. Major

Global & International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. ( One course from the following list, plus GIST 301.  These courses must be completed prior to the declaration of the major.)

Select one course from the following list:
ABSC 150Community Leadership3
ANTH 108Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3-4
or ANTH 109 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Honors
ANTH 308Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3-4
ANTH 160The Varieties of Human Experience3
or ANTH 360 The Varieties of Human Experience
ECON 104Introductory Economics4
or ECON 105 Introductory Economics, Honors
ECON 144Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ECON 145 Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors
GEOG 100World Regional Geography3
or GEOG 102 Principles of Human Geography
GIST 250Introduction to Globalization3
HIST 308Key Themes in Modern Global History3
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics3
or POLS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
POLS 170Introduction to International Politics3
or POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics Honors
REL 106Living Religions of the East3
or REL 107 Living Religions of the West
SOC 130Comparative Societies3
or SOC 131 Comparative Societies, Honors
Introduction to Global and International Studies Satisfied by: (3)3
Introduction to Global and International Studies

Additional Language. (3-5 hours/ 1 unit) Satisfied by:
Completion of one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above), or any available additional language course (3-5 hours).

The Capstone Research Coursework (6 hours/ 2 units) Satisfied by the completion of the following two courses:

Satisfied by:
GIST 610Interdisciplinary Methods for Global Contexts3
Students must complete GIST 301 prior to taking this course.
GIST 698Capstone Seminar3
or GIST 699 Capstone Seminar, Honors
Students must complete GIST 610 prior to taking this course.

Regional Experience. (9 hours/3 units)  Majors must take 3 courses on one of the following regions of the world: Africa; the Middle East; Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Western Europe; and Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Of these 9 hours, a minimum of 6 must be at the 300 level or above and at least 3 of these must be taken from a regional overview course listed with the respective regions below.

Africa (9)
Satisfied by completing one of the following courses and two additional approved courses about Africa.9
The History of Islam in Africa
Modern Africa
African Traditional Religion and Thought
The Middle East (9)
Satisfied by completing one of the following courses and two additional approved courses about the Middle East.9
The Modern Middle East
Politics of the Middle East
Asia (9)
Satisfied by completing one of the following courses and two additional approved courses about Asia.9
Studies In: _____
Popular Cultures of East Asia
Government and Politics of East Asia
Latin America & the Caribbean (9)
Satisfied by completing the following course and two additional approved courses about Latin America and the Caribbean.9
Interdisciplinary Themes in Latin American Studies
Western Europe (9)
Satisfied by completing one of the following courses and two additional approved courses about Western Europe.9
European Culture and Society 1945 to Present
Europe Today
The European Union
Russia, Eastern Europe, & Central Asia (9)
Satisfied by completing one of the following courses and two additional approved courses about Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.9
Research Methods in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Societies and Cultures of Eurasia
Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe

Global & International Studies Substantive Specialization. Students must take 3 courses in one of the specialization fields The content of these courses must be global, trans-regional or relating to countries and regions outside of the student’s regional specialization. Of these 9 hours, a minimum of 6 must be at the 300 level of above.

Comparative Political & Social Systems (9)
Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses in comparative political and social systems. 9
International Business and the Global Economy (9)
Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about the global economy. 9
Culture, Ethnicity, and Belief (9)
Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about culture, ethnicity, and belief systems. 9
Literature, Popular Culture, and the Arts in the Global Context (9)
Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about literature, popular culture, and/or the arts in the global context.9
Gender & Sexuality in the Global Context (9)
Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about gender and sexuality in the global context. 9
The Global Environment (9)
Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about the global environment. 9

NOTE: Students may not use the same class to fulfill both a regional expertise and a substantive specialization requirement. Not all courses which satisfy the regional expertise and substantive specialization requirements will be offered every year. Students may petition to have a course not on the list count toward the regional expertise or substantive specialization requirements. Petition forms can be downloaded from the website (http://global.ku.edu/academics/major.shtml) and should be submitted to the undergraduate advisor.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 21 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BA in Global and International Studies. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing I)13ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 (2 crs req), BA Writing II)3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Reasoning)3Quantitative Reasoning (Goal 1.2, BA Quantitative Reasoning)23
1st Semester Language (BA Second Language)52nd Semester Language (BA Second Language)5
First Year Seminar (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking)3Goal 2.2 Communication3
LA&S 292 (Research Methods, or elective)1GIST Core Knowledge Course (Major Requirement) 33
 15 17
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
3rd Semester Language (BA Second Language)34th Semester Language (BA Second Language, Major Requirement)33
Goal 3 Humanities3Goal 3 Natural Science3
Goal 3 Social Science3Lab Science (BA Lab Requirement)1-2
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3GIST 301 (Major Requirement)33
Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course (Total Hours)3
 15 13-14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3
Additional Language Course 300+ (Major Reqiurement)43Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics 3
Regional Expertise Overview Course 300+ (Major Requirement)53Regional Expertise Course 300+ (Major Requirement)53
Substantive Specialization Course 300+ (Major Requirement)53Substantive Specialization Course 300+ (Major Requirement)53
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
GIST 610 (Major Requirement)3GIST 698 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
Regional Expertise Course 300+ (Major Requirement)53Substantive Specialization Course 300+ (Major Requirement)53
LA&S 490 (Recommended, or elective)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective or possible minor course 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120-121
1

The BA requires completion of two courses of collegiate-level writing instruction. Students who test out of Composition will still need to complete ENGL 102 (or equivalent) and one additional Goal 2.1 course.

2

Visit this website for a list of courses that fulfill the BA Quantitative Reasoning requirement. 

3

Satisfactory completion of admission requirements is required for admission to the Global and International Studies major. To review the admission requirements, please go here. Included is a list of courses that fulfill the Core Knowledge admission requirement.

4

This major requirement can be fulfilled by completion of one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above), or any available additional language course (3-5 hours). 

5

9 hours of Regional Expertise Coursework, and 9 hours of Substantive Specialization coursework is required for the major. Students may not use the same class to fulfill both a regional expertise and a substantive specialization requirement. Not all courses which satisfy the regional expertise and substantive specialization requirements will be offered every year. Students may petition to have a course not on the list count toward the regional expertise or substantive specialization requirements. Petition forms can be downloaded from the website (http://global.ku.edu/academics/major.shtml) and should be submitted to the undergraduate advisor. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level, and 100 hours must be from within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors. To graduate with honors in global and international studies, students must complete all requirements for the major plus GIST 699, Honors Capstone with a 3.5 grade-point average in the major and a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average. The honors seminar allows students to receive individualized assistance from a faculty member while they write their thesis.

To enroll in the program, students must have a 3.5 grade-point average in the courses making up the global and international studies major and a 3.25 cumulative grade-point average. Students must obtain approval of their research topic by a faculty member affiliated with the Center for Global and International Studies who will serve as their thesis director. Each student who completes an honor's thesis must defend it in an oral examination before a thesis committee of three faculty members. The student's thesis director chairs and chooses the committee in consultation with the student and the center director.