Bachelor of Arts

Global Studies (GST)

  1. Global Studies
  2. Requirements
  3. Learning Objectives

   What is Global Studies?

What does it mean to be a global citizen? How do local and global beliefs, events, and institutions travel across and structure the world we live in today?

GST addresses these questions by exploring the economic, cultural, and political systems that unite and divide people across the world. Faculty who teach in GST work across a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, including history, anthropology, sociology, political economy, cultural and media studies, environmental science, and the scholarship of human rights. GST students learn to think critically about the history and practice of globalization through interpretation, empirical research, and project-based learning.

Graduating GST students are particularly well-equipped to pursue professional careers or advanced study in public policy, business, international relations, community and non-governmental organizations, law, education, media and cultural studies, and area studies. For more information about career possibilities or pursuing graduate school please click here.

GST Major Requirements


While there are no official requirements beyond the requirements for admission into the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, students choosing this major will find it especially helpful to have completed college coursework in economics, world history and culture, statistics, political science, geography, anthropology, and foreign languages.

Degree Requirements

  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry*(5 credits)
  • BISGST 303 History and Globalization (5 credits)
  • Methods Course (5 credits)
  • GST Courses (30 credits)
  • BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone (3 credits)
  • Additional IAS Coursework (20 credits)

TOTAL = 68 Credits

*Should be taken in the first quarter of IAS enrollment.

School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies

Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)

Within the above-listed 68 credits, students must complete the IPR requirement.

Areas of Knowledge

25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).

Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an GST major requirement.

Upper Division Credit Policy

Of the credits applying to GST major requirements, a minimum of 48 must be completed at the Upper Division (300-400) level.

Matriculated status

Courses taken to satisfy GST major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.

Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2016?

Students admitted to the GST major prior to Autumn 2016 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. For more information, please check Requirement Changes Autumn 2016 page.

Global Studies Learning Objectives

The Global Studies curriculum advances the four core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Global Studies:

1)  Build interdisciplinary research skills that enable them to pose questions about the economic, political and cultural relationships that bind people and places across the globe.

2)  Gain an understanding of the historical origins of global processes.

3)  Use and critique frameworks such as human rights, feminism, post-colonialism and international trade theory to explain global processes.

4)  Develop critical insights about culture, economies and institutions through comparative research.

5)  Learn how to communicate the results of your research effectively.





















































Please contact the GST Faculty Coordinator if you have any questions, concerns or ideas about the Global Studies major. To declare the GST major, please contact the First Year and Pre-major Program.

GST Resources

Global Studies prepared me well for one of the top graduate programs for Policy Studies in the country. UW Bothell's interdisciplinary emphasis on critical analysis and written communication gave me an advantage over other graduate students. Thanks to GST, today I am using my skills to form cohesive policy recommendations for the federal government. Greg Matyas Class of 2007