Global & International Studies Bachelor’s Degree

Core Knowledge and Skills (6 Hours):

  • GIST 220 Introduction to Global and International Studies
    and one of the following:
  • ANTH 100 General Anthropology
  • ANTH 160 The Varieties of Human Experience
  • ANTH 162 The Varieties of Human Experience, Honors
  • ANTH 360 The Varieties of Human Experience
  • ECON 104 Introductory Economics
  • ECON 105 Introductory Economics, Honors
  • ECON 144 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 145 Principles of Macroeconomics, Honors
  • GEOG 100 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 102 People, Place, and Society
  • GEOG 103 People, Place, and Society, Honors
  • GIST 210 Culture and Health
  • GIST 211 Culture and Health, Honors
  • HIST/EVRN 103 Environment and History
  • HIST/EVRN/GEOG 140 Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
  • HIST 144 Global Environment I: Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors
  • HIST/EVRN/GEOG 142 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization
  • HIST 145 Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors
  • POLS 150 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics Honors
  • POLS 170 Introduction to International Politics
    or POLS 171 Introduction to International Politics Honors
  • REL 104 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • SOC 130 Comparative Societies
  • SOC 131 Comparative Societies, Honors

Additional Language (3-5 Hours):

Completion of one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above) or any available additional language course (3-5 hours).

Capstone Coursework (6 Hours):

Students must take both of the following: Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Global Contexts AND Capstone

  • GIST 610 Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Global Contexts
  • GIST 698 Capstone or GIST 699: Capstone, Honors

Issues In Global Studies (9 Hours):

Majors must take three courses from an approved list of GIST courses focusing on contemporary global themes on subjects such as human trafficking, the global environment, terrorism, transnational migration and borders, global issues in gender, citizenship, indigenous peoples, the global economic system, and globalization at the 300-level or above. Courses offered as: GIST 550: Issues in Global Studies:__________ are always approved to fulfill this requirement.

  • GIST 305 World Indigenous Literatures
  • GIST 306 Global Environmental Literature
  • GIST 308 Key Themes in Modern Global History
  • GIST 314 Globalization: History and Theory
  • GIST 354 Globalization: A Geographic Approach
  • GIST 371 Environmental Geopolitics
  • GIST 376 Immigrants, Refugees, and Diasporas
  • GIST 420 Analyzing Contemporary Global Issues
  • GIST 465 Genocide and Ethnocide
  • GIST 495 Global Internship
  • GIST 529 Globalization
  • GIST 550 Issues in Global Studies: _____
  • GIST 560 The Literature of Human Rights
  • GIST 565 Gender, Culture, and Migration
  • GIST 570 Anthropology of Violence
  • GIST 577 Human Dimensions of Global Change
  • GIST 582 Geopolitics and Genocide
  • GIST 585 Transnational Terrorism
  • GIST 601 Indigenous Peoples of the World
  • GIST 667 Islam and Politics
  • GIST 686 International Human Rights
  • SOC 321 Wealth, Power, and Inequality
  • SOC 425 Sociology of Global Health
  • SOC 437 Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
  • SOC 462 Violence and Society
  • SOC 629 Sociology of Sport

International Electives (9 Hours):

Majors must take three courses from the list of approved international elective courses at the 300-level or above. Students are strongly encouraged to strategically select a cluster of three courses that would help them to fulfill KU Core requirements, or maximize a double-major with another program. For example, students double-majoring in geography or history should select their international electives from the list of approved GEOG or HIST courses. Students may, however, select from any of the approved courses available. The following list shows examples of commonly taught approved international electives. To see a full list of approved courses for the international elective, consult our list of courses. Other courses may also be approved in consultation with the department.

  • AAAS 305 Modern Africa
  • AAAS 372 Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
  • AMS 332 The United States in Global Context
  • ANTH 379 Indigenous Traditions of Latin America
  • COMS 246 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • ECIV 304 Eastern Civilizations
  • ECON 604 International Trade
  • EURS 604 The European Union
  • EVRN 320 Environmental Policy Analysis
  • FMS 313 History of the International Sound Film Post 1950
  • GEOG 370 Introduction to Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 553 Geography of African Development
  • GEOG 591 Geography of Latin America
  • GIST 624 Social Movements in the Middle East
  • HIST 328 The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 398 Introduction to History of Japan: Anime to Zen
  • IBUS 410 Introduction to International Business
  • IBUS 480 International Management
  • LAC 100 Latin American Culture and Society
  • POLS 661 Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 678 Chinese Foreign Policy
  • POLS 670 United States Foreign Policy
  • REES 110 Understanding Russia and Eastern Europe
  • REES 220 Societies and Cultures of Eurasia
  • REL 350 Islam
  • REL 507 Religion in India
  • SOC 312 Population and Society
  • SOC 321 Wealth, Power, and Inequality
  • WGSS 321 From Mystics to Feminists: Women's History in Europe 1600 to the Present

Additional Requirements

Major Hours & Major GPA:

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the
following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours:

Satisfied by 11 units (minimum of 33 credit hours) of major courses.

Overlapping Courses:

Students in the GIST major can overlap relevant coursework with other programs;
however, in order to ensure interdisciplinary breadth, they can only take up to 5 courses offered or cross-listed by any single other academic program.

Major Hours in Residence:

Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Hours:

Satisfied by a minimum of 21 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA:

Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and
repeated courses. To calculate GPA, see the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.