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Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies

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Requirements for the B.A. Major

Global & International Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Satisfied by completion of 3 courses from the following categories:

Second Language. Satisfied by completing 3 hours beyond the CLAS B.A. degree requirements (300 level or above). Students with native proficiency in a language other than English may take one course in a third language or one upper-division language course (300 level or higher) taught in their native language. In the case of languages not offered beyond the fourth semester at KU, an additional semester course addressing the culture and society of the region in which the language is spoken satisfies the requirement.

Seminar in... Satisfied by: GIST 698 or GIST 699.

Regional Expertise. 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. Six hours from a KU or KU-affiliated study-abroad program may be counted toward this requirement provided that students obtain prior approval from the undergraduate advisor.

  • Africa (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Africa.
  • The Middle East (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about the Middle East.
  • Asia (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Asia.
  • Latin America & the Caribbean (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Western Europe (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Western Europe.
  • Russia, Eastern Europe, & Central Asia (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

 

Global & International Studies Substantive Specialization. Students must take 3 courses in 1 of the specialization fields.

Comparative Political & Social Systems (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses in comparative political and social systems. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

The Global Economy (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about the global economy. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

Community Health & Development (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about community health and development. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

Culture, Ethnicity, and Belief (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about culture, ethnicity, and belief systems. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

Gender & Sexuality in the Global Context (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about gender and sexuality in the global context. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

The Global Environment (9 Required). Satisfied by completing 3 approved courses about the global environment. Approved courses available at the Center for Global and International Studies in 318 Blake.

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 18 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.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for global and international studies.

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