Requirements

Curriculum

Global problems in the constructed environment require that students draw upon and combine knowledge from many disciplines. The track curriculum and personalized advising process facilitate a synthesis of ideas, traditional disciplines, and ways of thinking. The required foundation course, Global Sustainability, establishes a clear conceptual framework for the track and integrates concepts from the requisite Global Studies core courses. Students also choose from a carefully selected list of electives in three distribution areas: environment, equity, and economy & policy. 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 seminar.

Students in Global Environments + Sustainability will complete the following.

  • Four "Core Courses" in the following Global Studies areas: Global History, Global Humanities, Global Cultures and Global Diagnostics

    • Fall 2017 offerings include: HIST 2002: The Modern World: Global History since 1760 [taught by Zelikow] and GSVS 2210/RELG 2210: Religion, Ethics & Global Environment [taught by Jenkins]

    • Spring 2017 offerings include: ANTH 1050: Anthropology of Globalization [taught by Bashkow] and GSGS 3030: Global Cultural Studies [taught by Levenson]

  • One foundation course: GSVS 2150 Global Sustainability (offered next in Spring 2018 and Fall 2018)

  • Five electives:  These may include any from the list linked here, as well as student-proposed electives (including internships and independent study courses). For the Classes of 2016 and 2017, additional electives may be substituted for core and track courses that cannot fit into a student’s schedule.

  • 4th year capstone seminar: GSVS 4991 Capstone Seminar in Global Environments + Sustainability (offered only in the Spring semester)

  • Language competency: One (1) course beyond the 2020 level of any language taught at UVA (or in an approved study-abroad program).
    - OR-
    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.

Students are encouraged to complete at least one of the four Global Studies core courses prior to applying for the Global Studies major.

FAQs

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.