Environments + Sustainability Application

How to Apply

Undergraduate students from across the University may apply for entrance to the Global Studies - Environments + Sustainability major in the spring semester of their second year. This is the only time that current students may apply. We will begin accepting applications from the Class of 2023 in January 2021. Applications for the Class of 2022 were due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Applicants may apply to no more than two of the tracks offered in Global Studies. The admissions committee completed their review and sent notifications to applicants on March 6, 2020. All accepted students must declare the GSVS major by April 1 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; students will be notified of the result of their application by June 5.

Policy on Double Majors 

Students may double major in Global Studies and other majors across the University, including students studying in the Schools of Architecture, Commerce, Education, Engineering and Public Policy. Students are not permitted to double-major in Global Studies and any other College major that requires an application. (ie. American Studies, Modern Studies, Poetry Writing, Human Biology, Echols Interdisciplinary Major Program, Media Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy Honors, Political and Social Thought, Politics Honors, Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law.)  You may apply to multiple College majors, but if you are accepted into Global Studies and another application-based College major, you must choose one or the other. You can, however, major in Global Studies and participate in the distinguished majors program of another department. Approximately 50% of GSVS students combine their studies with a second major and many others pursue minors in diverse disciplines.


The following documents are required to apply. Assemble all three into a single PDF file and email to cam4z@virginia.edu. If you are applying to more than one track, please be sure to email each application separately. 

1. PERSONAL STATEMENT: No more than 500 words, typed and double-spaced. Please answer the following questions: Why are you interested in the Global Environments + Sustainability track of the Global Studies major? What is your proposed area of focus within the major, and how would you support that focus with courses, research and/or study abroad? Focus areas may be geographical or topical, such as water, food, energy, urbanism, business, social equity, environmental restoration, etc.

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.