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 2017 courses that fulfill each of the Global Studies core requirements include those listed below.

Global History Requirement

   HIST 2002 The Modern World: Global History Since 1760 ZELIKOW MW 200-3:15

Global Societies & Cultures Requirement

   ANTH 2250 Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism HANDLER MW 10:00-10:50

Global Diagnostics Requirement

   PLCP 1010 Introduction to Comparative Politics WALDNER MW 11:00-11:50

   SOC 3120 Sociology Research Workshop GUTERBOCK  MW 2:00-2:50

Global Humanities Requirement

   PHIL 2770 Political Philosophy SIMMONS TR 9:30-10:20

   SLTR 3300 Facing Evil in the Twentieth Century: Humanity in Extremis TOLCYK TR 11:00-12:15


  • 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