Global Studies is a pan-University program comprised of six vibrant, diverse, and interwoven learning communities re-imagining undergraduate education in the 21st century. The innovative curriculum prepares students to assess and navigate complex social, political, and economic systems and to engage with local communities, institutions, and places, in order to imagine flourishing futures for particularly and differently situated people in communities, locally and globally. Students critically examine and engage pressing global conditions while questioning the “global,” particularly in relation to knowledge production, power, and perspective. Interdisciplinary learning illuminates interconnected human and natural systems—from the local to the planetary.
The Global Studies Program works to support the struggles of politically and economically oppressed peoples in the US and around the world through pedagogy, programing, diversification of faculty, and engagement in the larger University and local communities. We condemn police brutality and support those who protest against, and work to overturn, racial and related forms of inequality. While statements are insufficient actions to meet the challenges of our times, they are necessary steps that we take as an organization in solidarity with movements to reform our world in more just terms.
The interdisciplinary Global Studies major is comprised of six concentrations: Global Commerce and Culture in Society (GCCS), Global Development Studies (GDS), Global Environments + Sustainability (GSVS), Global Public Health (GPH), Global Security and Justice (GSSJ), Global Studies - Middle East and South Asia (GSMS). UVA students may apply to this competitive program only in their second year. Explore the sections above to learn about each track, its unique curriculum, and how to apply for admission. Please contact Director of Global Studies Prof. Phoebe Crisman or the Track Director of each concentration if you have questions.