Gateway Course
  • IGS 10a (Introduction to International and Global Studies)

Students should take the gateway introductory survey course during their first or second year; this course provides a systematic introduction to the key issues of contemporary global change, provides an overview of three distributional categories (from which the student will select their elective courses), and gives an orientation to the options for international internships and study abroad.

Core Courses
  • ANTH 1a (Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies)

  • IGS 8a (Economic Principles and Globalization) or Econ 28b (The Global Economy)

  • POL 15a (Introduction to International Relations)

Ideally, students should complete these core courses by the end of their sophomore year.


After a set of four core courses, students select elective courses that broaden their knowledge of the physical, institutional and expressive dimensions of our global world. Students will select electives within their chosen concentration. **

  • Global Health and Development
  • International Order
  • Law, Justice, and Human Rights

Course Descriptions

**Please note: Students who entered the university prior to Fall 2022 have the option of fulfilling the major under its previous requirements and should reference the University Bulletin for their year of matriculation.
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How to Become a Major or Minor

Students who wish to major or minor in international and global studies should meet with the Undergraduate Advising Head to select an adviser from the list of faculty members teaching or otherwise affiliated with the IGS program.

Although IGS fulfills the university requirements as a major, students will often find it highly advantageous to combine it with another major or minor in another discipline.