Sample Curricula-Global Studies - Carnegie Mellon University

Sample Curricula

Global Studies Sample Curricula

These sample curricula represent a plan for completing the requirements for the B.A. in Global Studies.  Global Studies students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad and the plan below demonstrates that study abroad fits well into the curriculum. As with most majors in the Dietrich College, the Global Studies major can be completed in as few as two years of undergraduate study, not that it must be completed according to this schedule.  Students may declare the B.A. in Global Studies and take appropriate courses as early as the second semester of freshman year and as late as the junior year, and should consult frequently with the Global Studies advisor about their course of study in Pittsburgh and possibly abroad.

 Freshman Year

Fall Spring
79-104 Global Histories 79-275 Introduction to Global Studies
79-101 Interpretation and Argument 32-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice
Freshman Seminar Language Course or Gen Ed
Language Course or Gen Ed Gen Ed or Elective
Gen Ed or Elective
Gen Ed or Elective

99-101 Computing @ Carnegie Mellon

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring
GS Theoretical and Topical Core Course GS Theoretical and Topical Core Course
GS Transnational, Global, Regional Course GS Transnational, Global, Regional Course
Language Course or Elective Language Course or Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective


Junior Year

Fall Spring (study abroad)*
GS Transnational, Global, Regional Course GS Elective
GS Elective GS Elective
Language Course or Elective Language Course or Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

 *Spring semester of the junior year is a popular semester for study abroad.  However, Global Studies majors may instead choose to study abroad in spring of sophomore year, fall of junior year, or fall of senior year.  Please discuss study abroad and curricular planning with the academic advisor.

Senior Year

Fall Spring
79-400 Advanced Seminar in Global Studies 66-502 Dietrich College Senior Honors Thesis**
66-501 Dietrich College Senior Honors Thesis** Language Course or Elective
Language Course or Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective


 **Students are not required to complete a college honors thesis. However, many Global Studies majors choose to apply for the senior honors thesis program.  Students who do not pursue a senior honors thesis should select an elective in its place.