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 listed at the bottom of this page, 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.)   

Courses in at least three of the four Global Studies "core" competencies: Global Diagnostics, Global History, Global Humanities and Global Societies.  Recommended Spring 2021 courses in each core competencey are listed below. As always, current students are welcome to discuss substitutions with their advisor. 

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.


Spring 2021 Courses

Recommended Humanities Core

GSGS 3030: Global Cultural Studies -- Michael Levenson, 3 credits, lecture (40), MW 1:00-1:50

Recommended Societies Core                                                                                                                                   

GSGS 2559: Critical Conceptions of the Global -- Helena Zeweri, 3 credits, lecture (40), MW 11:00-12:15

Reccomended Diagnostics Core

GSGS 3111: Global Studies Epistemology, Methodology & Methods  -- David Edmunds, 3 credits, seminar (40), TR 9:30-10:45 

(We recommend that students interested in fulfilling the GSSJ History Core wait for fall semester).


New and/or One-Time Electives

ANTH 3590: Global Violence -- Staff, 3 credits, lecture (30), TR 11:00-12:15 (online synchronous)

GSGS 3559: Migrant Women’s Political Activism Across Geographies -- Zeweri, 3 credits, (30), TR 12:30-1:45 (online synchronous)

GSGS 3559: Virtual Community Development Practice in Morocco -- Zeweri, 3 credits, lecture (30), TR 12:30-1:45pm (online synchronous)

GSGS 4100: Global Activism for Social Justice -- Edmunds, 3 credits, seminar (20), M 7:00-10:00 (hybrid with remote option)

GSSJ 4559: Ethnographies of Global Policing -- Zeweri, 3 credits, seminar (20), Tu 3:30-6:00 (online synchronous)

HIST 2213: Law and Sovereignty in World History -- Bishara, 3 credits, seminar, TR 11:00-12:15 (online synchronous)

HIST 2559: Fascism: A Global History -- Kunakhovich, 3 credits, lecture (60), MW 10:00-10:50am (online synchronous)

LPPP 2500: Diplomacy in Practice -- Carson, 3 credits, seminar (75) TR 12:30-1:45 PM (in person with remote option)

LPPS 3095: Human Security -- Stam, 3 credits, lecture (80), TR 12:30-1:45pm (online synchronous)

LPPS 3040: U.S. National Security Policy -- Stam, 3 credits, lecture (80), TR 9:30-10:45am (online synchronous)

LPPS 3320: Strategy: Understanding Conflict and Cooperation -- Johnson, 3 credits, lecture (40), TR 3:30-4:45pm (in person)

MESA 3381 Spies in Action: Cine-Media Worlds of Espionage -- Sunya, 3 credits, lecture (30), TR 9:30-10:45am (in person)

MEST 3490 Dangerous in Danger: Refuge and Otherness in Times of Crisis -- Gilboa, 3 credits, lecture (30), MW 5:00-6:15pm (online synchronous)

PLIR 3500: Globalization and South-South Cooperation -- Safdar, 3 credits, lecture (30), TR 4:00-5:15pm (in person)

PLIR 3500: The Political Economy of Security -- Alley, 3 credits, lecture (30), TR 3:00-4:15pm (online synchronous)

PLIR 3500: The Politics of Migration -- Schon, 3 credits, lecture (30), MW 3:00-4:15pm (online synchronous)

SOC 4720: Nations and Nationalism -- Kumar, 3 credits, seminar (20), TR 9:30-10:45am (online synchronous)

WGS 3340: Transnational Feminism --  Leach, 3 credits, lecture (30), TR 5:00-6:15pm (online synchronous)


Perennial Electives by Department (with Spring 2021 offerings marked in bold)

African American Studies

AAS 4500 Black Women and Mass Incarceration

AAS 4570/RELG 4559 MLK Power, Love, Justice

American Studies

AMST 3630 / ENGL 3924 Vietnam War in Literature and Film


ANTH 2250 Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism

ANTH 2375 Disaster

ANTH 2575 Migrants and Minorities

ANTH 2621 Culture, Gender and Violence

ANTH 2625 Imagining Africa

ANTH 3590, Indigenous Peoples and the State

ANTH 3700 Globalizing India

Computer Science

CS 3501 Introduction to Cybersecurity

CS 4630 Defense Against the Dark Arts (offered Spring 2021)

East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures

CHTR 3122 Sunzi and the Art of War

KRTR 3800 Seminar on Korea: Division North and South


EDHS 3055 Development and Prevention of Youth Violence

EDLF 3610 Immigrant Youth and Families (offered Spring 2021)

EDLF 4260 International Human Rights Activism and Education


ENLT 2555 The World Wars in European Lit


GETR 3390 Nazi Germany

GETR 3462 Neighbors and Enemies

GERM 3510 Exile and Migration

GETR 3590 Reporters at War

GETR/HIEU 3692 The Holocaust

Global Studies

GSGS 3559 Religion, Violence, Strategy

GSSJ 3559 New Course in Security and Justice (offered Spring 2021)

GSSJ 4993 Independent Study (offered Spring 2021)

GSSJ 4559/HIST 5559 Statecraft: History & Practice

(other GS courses very often count as well)


HIAF 2002 Modern African History

HIEA 2031 Modern China

HIEA 3162 Historical China and the World

HIEA 3172 The Japanese Empire

HIEU 3442 European History, 1890-1954

HIEU 3695 The Holocaust and the Law (offered Spring 2021)

HIEU 3702 Russia as Multi-Ethnic Empire

HIEU 3752 Evolution of the International System 1815-1950

HIEU 4502 World War II

HIEU 5312 Era of the World Wars, 1914-1945

HILA 3051 Modern Central America

HILA 3111 Public Life in Modern Latin America

HILA 3559 Human Rights in Latin America (offered Spring 2021)

HILA 4501 The Mexican Revolution

HILA 4511 How to Tell Global Stories

HIME 2002 The Making of the Modern Middle East (offered Spring 2021)

HIME 2012 Palestine 1948

HIME 3571 Arab History at the Movies

HIME 5002 Seeking Justice in the Middle East

HIME 5052 World War I in the Middle East

HISA 2003 History of Modern India

HISA 3003 Twentieth-Century South Asia (offered Spring 2021)

HIST 2011/HIEU 4502 History of Human Rights

HIST 3162 War and Society in the Twentieth Century

HIST 3281 Genocide

HIST 3452 The Second World War

HIST 5130 Global Legal History

HIUS 2052 America and War:1900 to the Present

HIUS 3172 America in Vietnam

HIUS 3456 History of U.S. Foreign Relations since 1914

Media Studies

MDST 3120 Global Media and Cybersecurity

MDST 3402 War and the Media

MDST 3559 @Wars

Middle East Studies

MESA 2700 Recent Revolutions in the Islamic World

Pavillion Seminar

PAVS 4500 Humanitarianism


PHIL 2060 Philosophical Problems in Law

PHIL 2770 Political Philosophy (offered Spring 2021)

PHIL 3010 Darwin and Philosophy (offered Spring 2021)

PHIL 5510 International Political Philosophy


PLAD 2222 Research Methods (offered Spring 2021)

PLAD 2500 Research Group on Civil Wars

PLCP 2120 The Politics of Developing Areas (offered Spring 2021)

PLCP 3170 Development, Conflict, and Democracy in Latin America

PLCP 3350 Gender Politics in Comparative Perspective

PLCP 3410 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

PLCP 3500 Grassroots Politics

PLCP 3630 Politics in India and Pakistan

PLCP 4060 State-Emergence and State-Building

PLCP 4140 Democracy and Dictatorship (offered Spring 2021)

PLCP 4180 Politics of the Holocaust

PLCP 4260 Origins of Legal Systems

PLCP 4400 Institutions and Democracy in Latin America

PLCP 4410 Nation-Building in Iraq

PLCP 4500 Power, Violence and Inequality in the Global South

PLCP 4500 Political Mayhem

PLCP 4810 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

PLIR 1010 International Relations (offered Spring 2021, intended only for prospective majors)

PLIR 2030 International Relations of East Asia

PLIR 3060 Military Force in International Relations

PLIR 3240 Anti-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence

PLIR 3310 Ethics and Human Rights in World Politics (offered Spring 2021)

PLIR 3400 Foreign Policy of the United States

PLIR 3500 Europe in Crisis

PLIR 3500 Terrorism and Political Violence

PLIR 3650 International Relations of the Middle East

PLIR 3760 Russia/USSR in World Affairs

PLIR 4150 Economics and National Security

PLIR 4310 Global Health and Human Rights

PLIR 4320 Religion and War

PLIR 4350 Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations

PLIR 4430 Empire, Hegemony, Leadership

PLIR 4440 Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy

PLIR 4450 The Clash of Ideas in World Politics

PLIR 4500 American-Russian Relations

PLIR 4500 Citizenship and Migration

PLIR 4500 Issues in Democracy Promotion

PLIR 4630 Strategy, Conflict, and the Causes of War

PLPT 4050 Concepts of Law

PLPT 4500 Prisons

PLPT 4500 The Politics of Emergencies


PSYC 2600 Introduction to Social Psychology (offered Spring 2021)

PSYC 4559 Human Nature and Genocide

PSYC 4559 Psychology of Police Investigations

PSYC 4559 The Psychology of Wrongful Imprisonment

Public Policy

LPPS 3240 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

LPPS 3295 Humanitarian Crisis Response

LPPS 3340 - Hacking for Department of Defense Innovation

LPPS 3415 Sci, Eng, Tech for National Security & Leadership

LPPP 3559 Police-Community Relations

Religious Studies

RELG 2300 Religious Ethics and Moral Problems

RELG 3410 Religion and Violence in Modern India

RELG 3605 Religion, Violence, Strategy (offered Spring 2021)

RELG 3950 Evil in Modernity: Banal or Demonic

RELG 4500 God, Politics and War

RELG 4559/AAS 4570 MLK Power, Love, Justice

RELG 5320 Research Seminar in Religion, Conflict, and Peace

RELJ 2024 Jewish-Muslim Relations (offered Spring 2021)

Slavic Languages and Literatures

RUTR 3340 Books Behind Bars (offered Spring 2021)

SLTR 3300 Facing Evil in the Twentieth Century: Humanity in Extremis


SOC 2230 Criminology

SOC 2595 Immigration and Society

SOC 3056 Culture and Power (offered Spring 2021)

SOC 3410 Race and Ethnic Relations (offered Spring 2021)

SOC 3480 Sociology of Globalization (offered Spring 2021)

SOC 3820 Social Movements

SOC 4750  Racism

SOC 3860 Religion and Secularization

SOC 4055 Sociology of Law

SOC 4059 Conflict

SOC 4559 Race, Crime, Punishment

SOC 4870 Immigration

SOC 5080 Comparative Historical Sociology

SOC 5140 Qualitative Methods

SOC 5400 Empires

Women, Gender & Sexuality

WGS 3130 Geographies of Desire

WGS 3897 Gender Violence and Social Justice (offered Spring 2021)

WGS 4050 Human Rights and Gender

WGS 4500 Violence Against Sexual Minorities (offered Spring 2021)

WGS 4800 Gender-Based Violence

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