About Our Program

In Global Studies, you are encouraged to cross the traditional borders of academic disciplines in order to develop a broader understanding of our world. Within six concentrations, you can take classes in anthropology, economics, history, languages and literatures, political science, among other disciplines to question global processes and explore the rich diversity of other cultures. As a major in the program, you have the opportunity to study abroad, conduct research and achieve proficiency in a modern language. You learn from experts in the both the humanities and social sciences who will help you learn the theory and vocabulary you need to engage in key international issues across different world regions.

Our Program History

Study abroad, offered through the Office of Overseas Programs, is an integral part of the undergraduate experience in this program, which gives you the chance to gain cultural sensitivity, language, and practical skills necessary to participate in our global society. A summer, a semester, or a year abroad can enhance your career and even change your path. In addition, program faculty and staff work to put on conferences and events that allow you to dive into critical conversation and make connections with faculty and professionals in a variety of fields. By joining Sigma Iota Rho, the program's honorary, you can play an important role in planning some of these events and helping to shape our community. If you’d like work with a faculty member on research or develop your own independent project, you can find guidance and support. In Global Studies, we hope to inspire you and equip you with tools that enable you to embark on a lifelong journey of international education.

Hostile Terrain 94 in St. Louis

Hostile Terrain 94 is a participatory exhibition composed of 3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died in the Arizona Desert between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. The exhibit is based on the research of Jason de León, director of the Undocumented Migration Project, a non-profit research-art-education-media collective. 

We still have 200 toe tags to fill out with information of migrants' whose remains have been found since the exhibit initially began! We need your help to fill them out!

Contact us here to fill out toe tags

Read the story of HT94 in St. Louis

"Studying IAS has proven to be highly beneficial for me as a Wash U student. The flexibility of the major has let me combine foreign language, culture, politics, and environmental studies courses to pursue my specific interests in Chinese development and foreign policy. This uniquely interdisciplinary academic experience is something I could not have achieved within any other major or department."

―Carl Hooks International & Area Studies major, '17
Global Studies faculty and staff participate in Hostile Terrain 94 panel

Global Studies faculty and staff participate in Hostile Terrain 94 panel

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man walking in front of homes destroyed on shore after Hurricane Sandy

Climate Migration: Where will we go? | Sigma Iota Rho Town Hall

A town hall discussion hosted by Sigma Iota Rho on April 22, 2021.