FAQs

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What is the relation to the International Studies Program?

As of Autumn 2017, the Global Studies program will entirely replace International Studies. All students beginning in Autumn 2017 will have the opportunity to major in Global Studies only. Additional information can be found on the International Studies page.

Where is the Global Studies program office?

The office for the Program Administrator, Joshua Oxley, is Gates-Blake 119. Feel free to stop by during normal business hours or schedule a meeting via email, joxley@uchicago.edu. He keeps regular office hours during the academic year that are shared via the program mailing list (see below).

How do I become a Global Studies Major?

First, you should join the program mailing list, which will allow you to keep up with all program events and announcements.

Next, you must schedule a meeting with the Program Administrator to start your Global Studies program student file. Finally, you’ll confirm your Global Studies major through your College adviser.

What kinds of opportunities count for the Global Studies research requirement?

The research requirement can be fulfilled in many ways: certain study abroad programs, internships both domestic and international, and other opportunities. Ideally, the research activity will help you hone your academic knowledge with hands-on, out-of-classroom experience. You will work with the Program Administrator to decide what might best fit this requirement.

What is the Global Studies language requirement?

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a single language at the seventh quarter level or above. Proficiency is demonstrated either through the University advanced proficiency exam or a passing grade in a course at the seventh-quarter level or above.  Study beyond this level is strongly encouraged.

Consult the College's language certificate page for more information.

What courses can I take to fulfill the major?

Each quarter the program releases a list of approved courses, available on the Global Studies web site as well as on a sheet posted outside Gates-Blake 119.

I have taken or want to take a course that is relevant to the Global Studies program, but it is not on the approved list of courses. What do I do?

Submit a College petition to the Global Studies Program Administrator in Gates-Blake 119 explaining the course’s relevance to your studies, along with a course syllabus. The Program Director will decide if this course is appropriate your Global Studies major and contact you with the decision.

I have taken more than the required of courses needed for a B.A. in International Studies. How do I choose which will be counted towards my concentration GPA?

Your College adviser will work with you to include the courses on your degree program that are most advantageous. Please be sure to finalize these decisions before the Spring quarter of your graduating year.

What are the major’s requirements for 4th Year students?

All seniors must write a B.A. thesis. This process begins in the spring of your third year when you submit a thesis proposal and find a faculty member to advise you on your topic.

In the Autumn and Winter quarter of your fourth year, you are required to take the B.A. thesis seminar. Theses are submitted the Friday of the second week of the quarter in which you graduate.

I am a double major. Can I write one B.A. paper for both Global Studies and my other major?

It many situations, yes. The BA thesis must reflect the themes and topics that are developed in the Global Studies 1 and 2 courses. Your second major program will need to approve the use of your Global Studies thesis for the other program requirements.

How do I receive honors in the major?

The major requires students to have an over-all GPA of 3.2 or better and an in-major GPA of 3.5 or better. Your thesis must also be recommended for honors by your faculty reader. The major also awards the Adlai Stevenson Thesis Prize each year for the most exemplary BA Thesis.

If you have additional questions, please email the Program Administrator Joshua Oxley.