Typically, students majoring in Global Studies-Security and Justice will complete the following.

  • One track foundation course: GSSJ 3010 Global Issues of Security and Justice (open only to GSSJ majors -- typically completed during the fall of junior year)

  • One capstone seminar:  GSSJ 4991 Capstone Seminar in Security and Justice (open only to GSSJ majors -- typically completed during the spring of senior year)

  • Five or six electives:  These may include any from the list linked here, as well as student-proposed electives, including internships and independent study courses. (Students taking four core courses must complete five electives; students completing three core courses must complete six.)   

  • Three or four “core” courses in Global Studies.  Titles and course numbers vary from semester to semester.  Fall 2019 courses that fulfill each of the Global Studies core requirements include those listed below.

History Core Courses:

  HIST 2002 - The Modern World: Global History Since 1760 - PHILIP ZELIKOW - MoWe 9:00-9:50

  HIST 5001 - Statecraft: History and Practice - PHILIP ZELIKOW - Mo 2:00-4:30

Humanities Core Courses:

  PHIL 1730 - Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy - STAFF MoWe 9:00-9:50

  SLTR 3300 - Facing Evil in the 20th Century - DARIUS TOLCYZK TuTh 11:00-12:15

Societies Core Courses:

  RELG 3605 - Religion, Violence and Strategy - GERARD WHITE Mo 5:00PM-7:30PM  

  SOC 2595 - Immigration and Society - MILTON VICKERMAN - MoWe, 12-1250PM  

Diagnostics Core Courses:

  ANTH 2040 - Methods in the Study of Culture - IRA BASHKOW - MoWe 10:00-10:50

  SOC 3120 - Sociology Research Workshop - THOMAS GUTERBOCK - MoWe 12:00-12:50

  STAT 1601 - Introduction to Data Science with R - STAFF - Multiple Times

  STAT 1602 - Introduction to Data Science with Python - TAYLOR BROWN - Multiple Times

  • 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 completing at least one additional semester of a second language at UVA or by otherwise demonstrating proficiency and/or immersion in that second language.


There are currently no prerequisites for applicants to the major.  Students considering GSSJ are nonetheless encouraged to enroll in one or more GSSJ Electives or Global Studies core courses.


** 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