Carnegie Mellon University

Global Studies Requirements

What is Global Studies?

Students graduating with a primary major in Global Studies receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Global Studies may also be taken as an additional major. Global Histories (79-104), 93 additional units including 79-275 and 79-400, and proficiency in a language other than English are required for the major. Students may double count a maximum of two courses for the Global Studies major that are used to fulfill the requirements of other majors and programs. Students should consult with the Global Studies academic advisor about new courses and study abroad courses that may be approved for the Global Studies major. The full list of Global Studies requirements is also available in .pdf format.

History 79-104

Global Histories (9 units)

Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for this course to count toward the major.

History 79-275

Introduction to Global Studies (9 units)

History 79-400

Advanced Seminar in Global Studies (12 units)

The research seminar is the capstone course for Global Studies majors and is designed to give students the chance to define and carry out a research project of personal interest. Students are strongly encouraged to incorporate their prior coursework (including foreign language training), study abroad or internships into their research. Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for this course to count toward the major.

Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is a crucial component of the major in Global Studies. Normally this requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing a course conducted in the second language at the 300 level or above for French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or the fourth semester (Intermediate II) level or above for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian. Comparable proficiency for other languages can be considered. Additional advanced cultural, historical, and literary study in the second language is strongly recommended. Courses in a language other than English may also be counted as GS distribution courses or GS electives as appropriate, and students may receive credit for “Language Across the University” courses and appropriate internship and service learning options.

To gain a solid foundation in the theories and analytical topics underpinning the B.A. in Global Studies, students select 18 units (typically two classes.) Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better in these courses to fulfill the theoretical and topical core course requirement.

To gain insight into how complex transnational and global processes shape and are affected by local, national, and regional dynamics, students will select 27 units (typically three courses).

Students are required to take an additional 27 units of elective courses, selected from one or both of the subcategories below. Any History course (79-xxx) not listed above at the 200 level or higher will count as an elective. In addition, Category IV and V courses listed above that are not used to fulfill those requirements may be counted as electives in addition to the courses listed below.

Global Studies offers students the opportunity to gain credit for a 9 unit elective while gaining first-hand experience interning with Pittsburgh-based organizations that work across borders. 79-506 Global Studies Internship is offered every semester and students should register for the course after consulting with the academic advisor and faculty director. The faculty director will assist students with matching their interests to local organizations and identifying an on-site supervisor available to collaborate in the ongoing and final evaluation of the student's work.

For a complete list of courses that fulfill the GS electives requirements, click here. You can also see a list on the Undergraduate Course Catalog. Please visit the Department of History’s Current Offerings webpage to see what is available. You can also contact the Global Studies advisor, Andrew Ramey aramey@andrew.cmu.edu for more information about electives