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Bachelor of Arts in Global and International Studies

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

To complete the requirements for the degree in 4 years, prospective majors are strongly urged to complete all general education and language requirements no later than the end of the fall semester of the junior year and the general requirements for the major from the options listed below. For more information, contact the Center for Global and International Studies advising specialist in 318 Blake Hall.

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the major by application. Applications are available in 318 Blake Hall.

Course Requirements

  1. Fourth-semester proficiency language course (or demonstrated proficiency).
  2. Any 3 of the following general requirements for the major:

Grade-Point Average Requirements

A minimum grade-point average of 2.70 is required.

Grade-Point Average Calculation. The admission grade-point average calculation includes all designated admission courses. It may not include all KU course work. KU’s course repeat policy applies to the grade-point average calculation. If a student has taken more than the minimum number of course options in the application term, grades received in any designated admission course requirement up to and including that term may be computed in the grade-point average for admission consideration. Only course grades from repeated lower-level courses, meeting the standards of the KU course repeat policy, are omitted from the grade-point average calculation.

Application Process

  1. Complete the application form and attach a current ARTS form.
  2. Submit the completed application to the Center for Global and International Studies, 318 Blake Hall, by the deadline. Students are strongly urged to complete all admission requirements and apply to the major by the beginning of the junior year.

Application Term

Application to the major should occur in the term in which designated admission course requirements will be completed. If a student does not meet the established admission grade-point average criteria or neglects to apply for admission in this term, he or she must petition the department for permission for late application. The department, as part of an approved petition, determines late admission requirements (including grade-point average and course requirements) and the final deadline for admission.

Requirements for the B.A. Major

The major requires a minimum of 33 hours, 18 of which must be numbered 300 or above, distributed as follows:

General Requirements 15 hours

3 core courses (9 hours) from the following options (or their honors equivalents):

1 foreign language course (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.

Capstone research seminar (3 hours)
GIST 698 Seminar in _____ or
GIST 699 Seminar in ____, Honors

Regional Expertise
9 hours

Students must take 3 courses on 1 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 of above. 6 hours from a KU or KU-affiliated study-abroad program may be counted toward this requirement if students obtain prior approval from the undergraduate adviser. A list of the courses that satisfy this requirement by region is available from the program.

Substantive Specialization
9 hours

Students must take 3 courses in 1 of the following specialization fields:

  • Comparative political and social systems;
  • The global economy;
  • Community health and development;
  • Culture, ethnicity, and belief systems;
  • Gender and sexuality in the global context; and
  • The global environment.

Of these 9 hours, a minimum of 6 must be at the 300 level or above. A list of the courses that satisfy this requirement by area of specialization is available from the program.

Students may not use the same class to fulfill both a regional expertise and a substantive specialization requirement. Not all courses that satisfy the regional expertise and substantive specialization requirements are offered every year. Students may petition to have a junior/senior-level course not on the list count toward the regional expertise or substantive specialization requirements. Petition forms are available in 318 Blake Hall.

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