GSSJ Admissions 2016

How to Apply

Students apply to the Global Studies-Security and Justice (GSSJ) major during the spring semester of their second year . We will begin accepting applications from the Class of 2020 in January 2018. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 2, 2018. Applicants may apply to no more than two of the tracks offered in Global Studies. The admissions committee will complete their review and send notifications to applicants by March 31, 2018. All accepted students must declare the GSSJ major by April 15, 2018 in order to reserve a place in the major.

Newly admitted transfer students who will begin their third year in the fall semester can apply for entrance to the major in May, as soon as they have been notified of their admission to the University. We will not accept transfer applications after June 1.

There are no formal prerequisites for GSSJ, but interested students are encouraged to take one or more Global Studies "core" courses and/or GSSJ electives. Please see here for details.

Double majors are permittted, but we discourage students from declaring both GSSJ and another major that requires an application, especially if the content of that other major overlaps with GSSJ (e.g., Batten (undergraduate), Political and Social Thought, Political Philosophy, Policy and Law).  Please direct questions about this policy to Peter Furia at furia@virginia.edu.   

Applicants should apply via email as per the instructions below.


*Beginning in January 2018, and no later than March 2, 2018, please email your application to Melissa Slogan (mcs3ev@virginia.edu). 

Include the following information in your email: *Full Name  *Email Address  *Local Phone  *Permanent Address

Attach the following 3 documents:

1. PERSONAL STATEMENT: No more than 500 words, typed and double-spaced, that answers the following questions: 1) Why are you interested in majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Security and Justice? 2) What specific issues of global security and justice most concern you? 

2. TRANSCRIPT: An unofficial one that you print from SIS is sufficient.

3. RESUME: Include important extracurricular activities, work experience, academic honors, and other relevant experiences.

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