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Undergraduate Program

Global Studies offers an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to understanding global issues. Our undergraduate major encourages a broad understanding of the world while exploring the diversity and richness of other cultures. Our program places particular emphasis on study abroad, independent research, and language coursework. We are proud to offer:

  • 1 major with 5 available concentrations
  • 1 First-Year Program
  • Multiple first year seminars
  • 100+ study abroad opportunities
  • An active honorary that plans several internationally-themed events each year
  • Support for independent and faculty-led research


The Global Studies major has five concentrations.


In this concentration, you take an interdisciplinary approach to examine why some societies develop politically, socially, and economically while others languish. Explore disparities in wealth, political freedoms, gender rights, urbanization, access to basic resources like food and healthcare, environmental conditions, and social justice.

Learn more about the Development concentration

Eurasian Studies

This concentration focuses on the social, cultural, and economic interconnections among the peoples of Eurasia. You pull from a variety of disciplines to study not only specific geographical regions but also vital intersections and interrelationships among regions and peoples.

Learn more about the Eurasian Studies concentration

European Studies

Your interdisciplinary study focuses on the role of Europe in world politics and cultural exchange. You study both traditional and new European culture (literature, film, visual art, and electronic media), and also European institutions and contexts.

Learn more about the European Studies concentration

Global Cultural Studies

You study the issues arising from cross-cultural encounters around the world. You use several academic disciplines to examine conventional cultural products (literature, film, visual art, new media) in their political and social contexts.

Learn more about the Global Cultural Studies concentration

International Affairs

Today’s global arena presents great opportunities and challenges. You take an interdisciplinary approach to examine complex issues and to help understand the processes of cooperation, compromise, and conflict among states and across societies.

Learn more about the International Affairs concentration
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Chart your path

Major Requirements & Language Requirement

What do you need to do to complete the Global Studies major? How do you satisfy the Global Studies language requirement? We've broken down our requirements for you to chart your path in Global Studies.

Learn more about all Global Studies requirements


Please consult these FAQs before contacting your major advisor. If you still have questions, see Who to Ask to determine the appropriate person to contact.

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You may choose from a wide array of disciplines and content areas. Our program is designed to offer you the flexibility to tailor your program to your specific interests.

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Our Undergraduate Community Awaits You!

Join Sigma Iota Rho

The Washington University Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) chapter is a group of undergraduate students committed to furthering international awareness on campus while fostering an academic, social and professional community for students interested in global issues. 


Make the most of your first year with the Global Citizenship Program

Enabling you to acquire fundamental skills relevant to Global Studies, this Ampersand Program for first-year students examines what it means to be a citizen of the world, challenging you to engage in both demanding texts and real-life scenarios.


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"Students should consider exploring the IAS major because of the diversity of courses offered. You can really take courses from almost all departments in the Arts & Sciences."

―Divya WaliaInternational Affairs major, Class of 2018


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