In 2021, the Global and International Studies Program (GIST) changed its name to "Global Studies" (GLST). Students who declared a GIST major or minor before August 1, 2021 will be subject to the requirements at the time that they declared the major or minor. All students who enter the program after August 1, 2021 will be subject to the new global studies major requirements.
The Global Studies Program serves students who wish to achieve a deeper understanding of other nations, cultures, and peoples in the modern world. Students majoring or minoring in Global Studies will explore general aspects of the international system from the perspectives of the academic departments represented in the program. Students will also examine the histories, cultures, and political systems of various regions of the world. To facilitate these studies, global studies majors and minors will develop a level of proﬁciency in a modern language beyond the general requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Global Studies Program prepares students for careers in an increasingly interdependent global environment. Professions that draw especially heavily on a background in global studies include those in business, communication, public service, education, journalism, law and social work. Completing a global studies major or minor also helps prepare students for graduate studies in global/international affairs.