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BA Global Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

28502 USD
12036 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 50 USD
Global Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1390
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

The Global Studies major develops knowledge sets, skills and values necessary for the analysis and solution of contemporary world problems. The requirements of the major enrich, complement, and coordinate departmental offerings with the goals of:

  • Providing knowledge of diverse cultures: their social, economic and political interactions and impacts on the world;
  • Developing skills for successfully negotiating realities of contemporary societies;
  • Fostering values that respect diverse ways of living and deepen commitment to sustainability.

The Global Studies major is interdisciplinary, drawing upon the resources of faculty and departments across the university. The major has three elements. The Foundations requirement introduces a variety of global issues and skills necessary for their analysis. The Language and Culture requirements allow students to develop area expertise in one world region through on-campus coursework and a semester-long study abroad. The Thematic Area focuses student programs on a topic of global importance to allow for an in-depth and multidisciplinary understanding of relevant historical and emerging issues, how they are analyzed and addressed. Students work with an advisor to customize the major curriculum most appropriate to their individual interests and career plans.

This program of study was developed in response to the growing demand for knowledge and skills to successfully navigate concerns at international and global levels. The competencies established through this program are critical for students preparing for careers or further study in a variety of fields including international affairs, public policy, business, law, finance, education, and communications.

The LAS Global Studies program with the European Union Center offers a 5 Year BALAS/MA in Global Studies and European Union Studies.

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Eligibility Criteria

English Language Requirement-

IELTS Academic-

  • Overall Score 6.5
  • Listening 6
  • Writing 6
  • Reading 6
  • Speaking 6

PTE Academic

  • Overall Score 54 
  • Listening 47
  • Writing 56
  • Reading 51
  • Speaking 53 


  • Total Score 550 

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Course Modules

GLBL 100   Intro to Global Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Foundation course for understanding a range of contemporary issues and learning to analyze them from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Students consider globalizing trends within themes of wealth and poverty; population, cultures, and human rights; environment and sustainability; and governance, conflict, and cooperation. Course objectives are to enhance knowledge of human cultures, their interactions and impacts on the world; develop skills for successfully negotiating realities of contemporary societies; and promote values for global learning, diversity, and sustainable futures.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GLBL 118   Natural Disasters   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ESE 118 and GEOL 118. See GEOL 118.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Physical Sciences
GLBL 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 6 Hours.

  • Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

GLBL 200   Foundations of Research   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the foundations of interdisciplinary, social science research. Topic include understanding the purpose for research, identifying researchable issues, finding evaluating and using sources effectively, recognizing methods associated with different types of data and disciplines, and writing a literature review. Prepares students for course-based research papers and advanced research methods courses. Guest faculty present their Global Studies-relevant research as students (b)log their own research interests.

GLBL 201   Energy Systems   credit: 2 or 3 Hours.

  • Same as NPRE 201. See NPRE 201.

GLBL 215   Resource Conflicts   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ESE 215 and GEOG 215. See GEOG 215.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
GLBL 220   Governance   credit: 3 Hours.

Gateway course into the Governance thematic area for Global Studies majors providing an introduction to important themes, problems and approaches to global governance in a series of issue areas, including security, economics, migration, and the environment. Covers the historical development of the international system as well as contemporary controversies. Case studies are used to explore the strength and weaknesses of current governance approaches, and students will conduct independent research into existing structures. Prerequisite: GLBL 100.

GLBL 221   Geographies of Global Conflict   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as GEOG 221. See GEOG 221.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
GLBL 225   Career Development:Internships   credit: 1 Hour.

Teaches students with global studies academic interests how to identify internships and service-learning learning opportunities relevant to their major. Students prepare application materials, conduct informational interviews, participate in mock job interviews, explore networking strategies, and create a career narrative that represents their academic interests and skills. Prepares students on what to expect from their internships and how to develop and apply leadership skills.

GLBL 226   Intl Competence - Study Abroad   credit: 1 Hour.

  • Same as ANTH 226. See ANTH 226.

GLBL 227   Unpacking Intl Experience   credit: 1 Hour.

  • Same as ANTH 227. See ANTH 227.

GLBL 240   Global Health   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to issues and problems in global health. As the world becomes more and more interconnected it is important for students to be aware of health issues from a global perspective. We will consider a variety of issues that influence the health of different population and countries. The topics to be discussed include: the environment, nutrition, education, the medical system, culture, and agency involvement in health. Case studies will be used to demonstrate some successes at addressing these issues and problems that were encountered. Prerequisite: GLBL 100 or consent of instructor.

GLBL 250   Development   credit: 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary introduction to the theory and practice of international development. Topics include: defining development, how ideas have changed over time, and the interventions used in development work and their impacts.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
GLBL 251   Warfare Milit Insts & Soc   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as HIST 251. See HIST 251.

GLBL 260   Global Human Rights   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines how ideas about human rights are defined and how they are differentially deployed. Looks at human rights claims and crises, and examines how governmental and non-governmental individuals and organizations have sought to deal with human rights violations in order to address problems of justice, retribution, and reconciliation at personal, national, and international levels.

GLBL 270   Global Business Institutions and Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to global business institutions and economic systems and their evolving relationship with societies in the global North and South. Presents interdisciplinary perspectives on business structures and conduct with emphasis on (1) the philosophical foundations of economic systems ; (2) international business networks and technological innovation; (3) business environments in non-Western settings; (4) global workforce composition and divisions of labor; (5) the relationships between business, development and the environment; and (6) international organizations that support the spread of global business.

GLBL 280   Nuclear Weapons & Arms Control   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as PHYS 280. See PHYS 280.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
GLBL 283   Intro to Intl Security   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as PS 283. See PS 283.

GLBL 296   Global St Foundation Seminar   credit: 1 Hour.

Examination of current controversies and larger ethical issues in today's global society. Topics could include: immigration, global environmental debates, and population issues. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 3 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: GLBL 100.

GLBL 298   Global Studies Seminar Abroad   credit: 3 or 6 Hours.

Seminars introduce students to aspects of globalization through a case study of a particular location abroad. On campus, students explore historical and contemporary aspects of the location abroad to prepare for their field visit. Abroad, students engage with local resources and people to better understand how the local site contributes to and is impacted by relevant global processes under focus. Course activities will include a field site visit abroad, discussions, lectures, short essays, student presentation, and final projects. Topics vary according to site location and instructor expertise. For more information, go to: http://wwww.las.uiuc.edu/coursesabroad/globalstudies.html. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours.

GLBL 328   First Person Global   credit: 1 Hour.

A writing workshop for students who have studied abroad and want to deepen their understanding of globalization and improve their nonfiction prose by writing about their own experiences. Writing in the first person raises fundamental questions about identity, power, cultural understanding, and representation. Students will read and discuss first person literary nonfiction by contemporary writers and chronicle their own global encounters in ethical, insightful, and creative ways. Prerequisite: A study abroad experience.

GLBL 340   Global Health: Policy & Governance   credit: 3 Hours.

Identifies central and emerging global health issues and analyzes them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. Focuses on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made. Prerequisite: GLBL 240.

GLBL 350   Poverty in a Global Context   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines global poverty in the context of international development debates an practice. Despite global commitments (for example, the Millennium Development Goals), decades of research, and new and innovative policies, the "solution" to widespread and lasting poverty alleviation remains elusive. Class will define poverty and how it is measured, considered who is poor and why some people are more vulnerable to the negative effects of poverty than others, and examine what causes some countries to remain poor. Prerequisite: GLBL 250 or consent of instructor.

GLBL 356   Comparative Political Economy   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as PS 356. See PS 356.

GLBL 357   Ethnic Conflict   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as PS 357. See PS 357.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
GLBL 386   Arctic Environmt & Society   credit: 6 Hours.

Interdisciplinary study of the European Arctic for science and non-science students, providing an historical survey of the relationship between its environment and societies with the goal of understanding current and possible future conditions, in light of climate change. The course takes place in Scandinavia and includes a field site component in the Arctic.

GLBL 392   Int Diplomacy and Negotiation   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the complexities of international diplomacy and negotiations among states and other actors. Focuses on three main subject areas: negotiation analysis, applied negotiation, and the interaction of practical considerations that affect negotiations. Utilizes theoretical, case-based, and active-learning approaches during the semester as topics are explored in detail. Issues and topics include security, public health, economic development, human rights, and the environment.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
GLBL 403   Women in Muslim Societies   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as ANTH 403, GWS 403, HIST 434, RLST 403, and SAME 403. See RLST 403.

GLBL 440   Global Health: Interventions & Evaluations   credit: 3 Hours.

Focuses on the process of crafting a solution and evaluation plan related to a specific global health problem identified by students. Requires students to work in teams to integrate content learning on global health with applied project design skills developed in this course. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: GLBL 340. Junior standing or higher required.

GLBL 450   Poverty Interventions and Eval   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Over the last few decades a wide range of strategies and initiatives have been applied to alleviate poverty in developing countries. The record of these initiatives is mixed. While millions of people may have moved out of poverty, over a billion remain persistently impoverished. We will examine a range of anti-poverty approaches that have been implemented and evaluates their effectiveness. Students will gain a familiarity with the interventions and an understanding of the techniques used to evaluate them. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: GLBL 250 and 350 or consent of instructor.

GLBL 480   Energy and Security   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as NPRE 480 and PS 480. See NPRE 480.

GLBL 481   Writing on Technol & Security   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as NPRE 481. See NPRE 481.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
GLBL 483   Seminar on Security   credit: 1 Hour.

  • Same as NPRE 483. See NPRE 483.

GLBL 492   UG Research Assistance   credit: 0 to 3 Hours.

Assist Global Studies and program-affiliated faculty in ongoing research. Topics and nature of assistance vary. Capstone paper required. 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated in separate terms up to 6 hours. No more than 6 hours may be counted toward completion of the Global Studies major from any combination of GLBL 492 and other independent study, internship, or research assistance coursework. This includes coursework from other departments on campus or during study abroad. Prerequisite: GLBL 200; evidence of adequate preparation for such study; consent of faculty member supervising the work; and approval of Global Studies program. Global Studies majors only. Not available to freshman. Instructor approval required.

GLBL 494   Research Methods I   credit: 3 Hours.

Optional Capstone experience for Global Studies students. Students will develop research, communication and presentation skills and develop a proposal for an independent research project, goals and timeline. The proposal will include a literature review and methods section for their final project. Topics include: research approaches, design and implementation, as well as methods, analysis and ethics of data collection. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: GLBL 200.

GLBL 495   Research Methods II   credit: 1 Hour.

Second semester of the optional Capstone experience for International/Global Studies students. Designed to guide the interpretation of the data, development of conclusions and implications. In addition to the final project, students will learn how to write a paper abstract and conference proposal, as well as acquire presentation skills. 1 undergraduate hour. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: GLBL 494.

GLBL 499   Special Topics   credit: 3 Hours.

Selected reading and research in Global Studies. See schedule for current topics. 3 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated, if topics vary, in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 6 undergraduate or 8 graduate hours. Prerequisite: GLBL 100 or six hours of global studies, anthropology, social geography, political science, sociology, or economics; consent of instructor.

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How to Apply

Here's What You Need:
First Year applicants must meet these four core requirements to complete an application:

  • The Common Application online including the UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. See application tips for details. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript*, submitted electronically or via mail, along with the Common Application School Report 
  • ACT/SAT scores, submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts

*Please note that our mailing address changed recently. Check with your counselor or registrar to ensure that they send documents only to the following address.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 018) 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161  

Other requirements
Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Early Action applicants. Must have their Common Application, transcript, and test scores submitted by November 1. Applicants should select the Early Action option in the "preferred admission plan" question on UIC's Common Application Member's page.
  • Honors College and Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) applicants. Must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review. The following supplemental documents are required for Honors College and GPPA applicants: An essay for each program submitted with the application.
  • Two recommendations submitted through the Common Application or via mail.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core First Year requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. First Year applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 

Homeschooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable homeschool transcripts must include: a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year

  • Grades and/or examination results received (both passing and failing)
  • Maximum and minimum grades obtainable
  • Number of units earned

High School graduates who have attended another college or university since graduating. Must meet the Transfer Admission Requirements and will not be considered for First Year admission. High School graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

Most Transfer applicants must meet the following core requirements to apply:

  • Use the UIC web application or the Common Application. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver.
  • Official college/university transcripts*, submitted electronically or via mail, from every college/university you’ve attended.

Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Advanced Placment (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores are encouraged, particularly if they may count towards credit that satisfies your program's prerequisites. 
  • ACT or SAT test scores may be required for the following applicants:
  • Any transfer applicant with fewer than 36 hours of credit at the time of enrollment.
  • Applicants to the BA in Urban Education program within the College of Education are required to submit ACT/SAT plus writing scores.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core transfer requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. Transfer applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 
  • Honors College applicants must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review and include the following with their application: 
  • An essay submitted with the application.

Applicants to the programs below must submit supplemental documents with their Common Application or UIC Web Application (see Upload Guide).

  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Coordinated Program
  • Nutrition Science
  • Health Information Management
  • Public Health
  • Urban Education requires ACT/SAT plus writing scores

Non-residential fees- 27658

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