Global challenges in the physical environment require that students draw upon and integrate knowledge from many disciplines. The track curriculum and personalized advising process facilitate a synthesis of ideas, traditional disciplines, and ways of thinking. The required Global Sustainability foundation course (crosslisted as GSVS 2150, ARCH 2150, COMM 3880), establishes a clear conceptual framework for the track. Three additional required core courses focus on the 3 E's of sustainability: Environment, Equity, and Economy & Policy. In addition, students choose from a curated list of approved electives distributed in these 3 categories. During the spring semester of their final year, students bring together their curriculum and expertise in a significant research project during the GSVS 4991 Capstone Research Seminar. See the "Student" section for a list of past capstone projects. Students are strongly encouraged (not required) to complete both Pre-requisites and the Global Sustainability foundation course prior to applying to the major. Please used the attached GSVS Advising form to plan and track your courework.

2 PRE-REQUISITE COURSES (6 credits total)

1 Global Humanities, History or Cultures course (3 credits)  Offerings vary by semester. Select one from the following: GSGS 3030/ENGL 3610: Global Cultural Studies, GSGS 2559: Critical Conceptions of the Global, HIST 2001: Global History, HIST 2002: The Modern World - Global History since 1760, ANTH 2250: Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism, GSGS 2010: Global Commerce in Culture, ANTH 1010: Introduction to Anthropology, ANTH 1050: Anthropology of Globalization

1 Global Studies Methods or Quantitative course (3 credits)  Offerings vary by semester. Select one from the following: GSGS 3111: Global Studies Epistemology, Methodology & Methods, ECON 2010: Microeconomics, STAT 2120: Intro to Stat Analysis, STAT 2020: Statistics for Biologists, EVSC 3020: GIS Methods


Language Competency: 1 course beyond the 2020 level of any language taught at UVA (or in an approved study-abroad program).
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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 studying a second language and reaching the 1020 level.




GSVS 2150 / ARCH 2150: Global Sustainability (Prof. Crisman, offered Fall 2020)

GSVS 2210 / RELG 2210: Religion, Ethics & Global Environments (Prof. Jenkins, offered Spring 2020)

ECON 3430: Economics of Sustainability & the Environment (Prof. Shobe, offered Fall 2020)

EVSC 1080: Resources & the Environment (Prof. Galloway, offered Fall 2020) or EVSC 1450: The Inconvenient Truce: Climate, You and CO2 (Prof. Lawrence, offered Fall 2020)

5 APPROVED ELECTIVE COURSES (15 credits total)

Distributed in 3 areas: Environment (3), Equity (1), and Economy & Policy (1). Click here to download the approved elective list.


GSVS 4991: Capstone Seminar in Global Environments + Sustainability (offered only in the Spring semester and taken during the final year)



Students may count 4 of their major courses (12 credits) taken in other UVA schools as 'inside' the College (per CEPC approval on 12/8/2015)

Within allowable UVA limits and in consultation with track director Prof. Phoebe Crisman, students may do the following:

  - count a class listed under another department's mnemonic (e.g., HIST) count toward the major.

  - double-count a class toward the major and another UVA graduation requirement.

  - count UVA Transfer Credit toward coursework required for the major.

  - count a UVA Direct Credit Study Abroad class toward the major.

  - count UVA approved transfer credit from a Study Abroad program toward the major.

  - create an independent study course in Global Studies – Environments + Sustainability.

  - receive 1 credit for an internship.


** 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