Global Studies

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Global Studies?

Global Studies allows you to create an individualized plan of study that prepares you for a future in global thematic areas. These include:

  • Environmental change
  • Wealth and poverty
  • Human rights and migration
  • Global health
  • Governance, conflict resolution, law, and public policy
  • Globalization and culture
  • Global business and markets

This major focuses on creating leaders on contemporary global issues. Foundational coursework is based in the social sciences. It explores global social, cultural, and economic interactions and impacts. Thematic coursework is individualized from courses across the campus. You’ll enhance your learning with experiential opportunities such as internships and earning credit for field work, service, and research while studying abroad. This program requires at least one semester of study abroad and advanced language coursework. You’ll develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address and lead on complex global issues.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government & International Security
  • Medicine & Healthcare
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Culture & the Arts

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

65% employed after graduation

19% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$44,179 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: U.S. Senate, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Microsoft View All

Sample grad school destinations: American University, Depaul University, Chicago-Kent College of Law View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.2 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

90% four-year graduation rate

93% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770