Global challenges in the physical environment require that students draw upon and integrate knowledge from many disciplines. The track curriculum and personalized advising process facilitate a synthesis of ideas, traditional disciplines, and ways of thinking. The required Global Sustainability foundation course (crosslisted as GSVS 2150 and ARCH 2150), establishes a clear conceptual framework for the track. Three additional required courses focus on the 3 E's of sustainability: Environment, Equity, and Economy & Policy. Students also choose from a carefully curated list of approved electives distributed in these 3 categories. During the spring semester of their final year, students bring together their curriculum and expertise in a significant research project during a 4000 level Capstone Research Seminar. See the "Student" section for a list of past capstone projects. Students are strongly encouraged to complete both Pre-requisites and the Global Sustainability foundation course prior to applying to the major.
2 PRE-REQUISITE COURSES (6 credits total)
1 Global Studies - Humanities, Cultures or History course (3 credits) Offerings vary by semester. Select from the following: GSGS 3030: Global Cultural Studies, HIST 2002: The Modern World: Global History since 1760, GSGS 2010: Global Commerce in Culture, GSGS 3559: Conceptions of the Global, ANTH 1010: Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH 1050: Anthropology of Globalization
1 Global Studies Methods or Quantitative course (3 credits) Offerings vary by semester. Select from the following: GSGS 3111: GS Epistemology, Methodology & Methods, ECON 2010: Microeconomics, STAT 2120: Intro to Stat Analysis, STAT 2020: Statistics for Biologists, EVSC 3020: GIS Methods
Language Competency: 1 course beyond the 2020 level of any language taught at UVA (or in an approved study-abroad program).
If a student has reached the 2020 level in one language but does not want to go further with that language, the student can satisfy the requirement by studying a second language and reaching the 1020 level.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTS + SUSTAINABILITY
4 REQUIRED FOUNDATION COURSES (12 credits total)
GSVS 2150 / ARCH 2150: Global Sustainability (Prof. Crisman, offered Fall 2019)
GSVS 2210 / RELG 2210: Religion, Ethics & Global Environments (Prof. Jenkins, offered Spring 2020)
GSVS 3559 / ECON 3559: Economics of Sustainability & the Environment (Prof. Shobe, offered Fall 2019)
GSVS 2450 / EVSC 1450: The Inconvenient Truce: Climate, You and CO2 (Prof. Lawrence, offered Fall 2019)
5 ELECTIVE COURSES (15 credits total)
Approved electives distributed in 3 areas: Environment, Equity, and Economy & Policy. Click here to download the approved elective list.
1 CAPSTONE RESEARCH SEMINAR (3 credits total)
GSVS 4991: Capstone Seminar in Global Environments + Sustainability (offered only in the Spring semester for 4th year students.
May a class listed under another department's mnemonic (e.g., HIST) count toward the major? Absolutely. All course planning will be in direct consultation with the track director, Phoebe Crisman, who has great discretion with regard to counting courses toward the major.
May I count a class for which I received UVA Transfer Credit toward the coursework required for the major? Yes, in consultation with the track director.
May I count transfer credit from a Study Abroad program toward the major? Yes, in consultation with the track director.
May I count a UVA Direct Credit Study Abroad class toward the major? Yes, in consultation with the track director.
May I create an independent study course in Global Studies – Environments + Sustainability? Yes, in consultation with the track director.
May I receive credit for an internship? Yes, in consultation with the track director.
May I double-count a class toward the major and toward another UVA graduation requirement? Yes. You may count classes that are counting toward your UVA distribution requirement (e.g. “social science”, “humanities”) toward the 33 credits required for the major.
** The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.