The IGS curriculum was changed in spring 2010. The current requirements apply to all students entering Brandeis in fall 2010 and after.

Students who started at Brandeis prior to fall 2010 may choose to meet the old requirements or the current requirements.


The International and Global Studies (IGS) Program is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with an opportunity to understand the complex processes of globalization that have so profoundly affected politics, economics, culture, society, the environment and many other facets of our lives.

After a set of four foundational courses (a gateway introductory survey and three core courses), students select elective courses that broaden their knowledge of the physical, institutional and expressive dimensions of our global world.

To gain a deeper understanding of other cultures, IGS majors take one additional language course (beyond the university requirement) and complete either study abroad or an internship abroad (or some combination of the two) for meaningful, experiential learning.

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 a specific discipline or area studies curriculum.

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. In addition, students must take three core courses in the disciplines of anthropology, economics and politics. Ideally students should complete these four foundational courses by the end of the sophomore year.