One semester of language must be completed before declaring the major.
- You must complete a minimum of 36 units in GS, including at least three courses focused on a world area.
- You must complete at least 24 units at the 300 level or above, including courses across a minimum of three academic disciplines.
- You must complete at least 6 units at the 400 level, no more than 3 of which may be directed research or independent study.
- In addition to the 36 units, you must complete a four-semester sequence of courses in one modern language appropriate to your concentration.
These requirements may be fulfilled only with college-level coursework undertaken during your undergraduate enrollment. Courses must be taken for a grade, and you must receive a C+ or higher.
For more detailed information about the general requirements, please see the Global Studies FAQs page.
Additional Requirements and Information
- We strongly encourage you to study abroad. For those who do not study abroad and receive credit toward the Global Studies General Requirements, an additional 3 unit course at the 300 or 400 level is required.
- We strongly prefer you to select a study abroad location and your regional specialization consistent with your chosen language of study (e.g., if you wish to study in Latin America, you must satisfy your language requirement with either Portuguese or Spanish).
- You may receive a maximum of 6 credits from a single semester, 12 credits from a year, or 3 credits from a summer term of study abroad.
- You may apply no more than 12 total credits to the Global Studies major from study abroad, University College, summer school at other US universities, or any combination thereof.
- To receive credit for a summer course completed at another institution, you should fill out the Approval for Non-Wash U Course Credit form with Arts & Sciences to take the course for 'general credit' and then petition to have the course count toward your Global Studies major.
Concentration Specific Requirements
This concentration requires 36 units of coursework:
- 6 units of disciplinary introductions and methods coursework (from two different disciplines) [100-200 level]
- 6 units of world area coursework [any level]
- 24 units of advanced coursework (at least one course must focus on gender, race or class) [300-400 level]
Of the three required world area courses, one must be at the advanced level, and it will be counted toward the 24 credits of advanced work needed to complete the major. The other two courses may be taken at any level.
Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia and North America are considered world areas for the Global Cultural Studies concentration. You must complete two courses in one world area and one course in another world area.
A single course may satisfy more than one of the distribution requirements (i.e. disciplinary; gender, race, class; or world area). Some of these requirements may be completed while abroad.