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CGIS Undergraduate

Requirements for a B.A. in Global & International Studies (for students entering Fall 2014 or later) - Students beginning at KU prior to Fall 2014, please consult the appropriate checklist under the "Forms" tab.

Students are no longer required to fulfill prerequisites prior to declaring a major in Global & International Studies. To officially declare a major in Global and International Studies, please schedule an appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Laura Leonard (864-3500).

The major requires a minimum of 33 hours, 18 of which must be numbered 300 or above, distributed as follows:

Core Coursework (6 hours)

Students must take:

  • GIST 301: Introduction to Global & International Studies

and one course from the following:

  • ABSC 150: Community Leadership
  • ANTH 108/308: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
  • ANTH 160/360: Varieties of Human Experience
  • ECON 104/105: Introductory Economics 
  • ECON 144/145: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEOG 100: World Regional Geography 
  • GEOG 102/103: Principles of Human Geography
  • HIST 308: Key Themes in Modern Global History
  • POLS 150/151: Introduction to Comparative Politics 
  • POLS 170/171: Introduction to International Politics
  • REL 106: Living Religions of the East 
  • REL 107: Living Religions of the West
  • SOC 130/131 Comparative Societies


Students must also take one additional foreign language course (3 hours) beyond the 4th semester proficiency language requirement (300 level or above) or any additional foreign language course (3-5 hours).

Regional Expertise (9 hours)

Majors must take 3 courses on one of the following regions of the world: Africa; the Middle East; Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; Western Europe; and Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Of these 9 hours, a minimum of 6 must be at the 300 level or above and at least 3 of these must be taken from a regional overview course listed with the respective regions below. The list of approved regional courses is available on the website.

  • Africa (9 Required). Satisfied by completing either AAAS 542, AAAS 305 or AAAS 300 and 2 additional approved courses about Africa.
  • The Middle East (9 Required). Satisfied by completing either HIST 328 or POLS 661 and 2 additional approved courses about the Middle East.
  • Asia (9 Required). Satisfied by completing either EALC 380 or EALC 656 and 2 additional approved courses about Asia.
  • Latin America & the Caribbean (9 Required). Satisfied by completing LAA 300 and 2 additional approved courses about Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Western Europe (9 Required). Satisfied by completing either EURS 302, EURS 503, or EURS 604 and 2 additional approved courses about Western Europe.
  • Russia, Eastern Europe, & Central Asia (9 Required). Satisfied by completing either REES 492, REES 220, or REES 110 and 2 additional approved courses about Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Substantive Specialization (9 hours)

Students must take 3 courses in one of the following specialization fields: comparative political and social systems; international business and the global economy; culture, ethnicity, and belief systems; literature, popular culture and the arts in the global context; gender and sexuality in the global context; and the global environment. The content of these courses must be global, trans-regional or relating to countries and regions outside of the student’s regional specialization. Of these 9 hours, a minimum of 6 must be at the 300 level of above. A list of the courses which satisfy this requirement by area of specialization is available on the website.

Capstone Coursework (6 hours)

Students must take both of the following:

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

Students must fulfill prerequisites for enrolling in upper-level coursework whether or not they count toward the major. Students may not use the same class to fulfill both a regional expertise and a substantive specialization requirement. Not all courses which satisfy the regional expertise and substantive specialization requirements will be offered every year. Students may petition to have a course not on the list count toward the regional expertise or substantive specialization requirements by contacting the academic director, Michael Wuthrich (mwuthrich@ku.edu) or the undergraduate advisor, Laura Leonard (laleonar@ku.edu, 864-3500).


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