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Prospective Students

The Global Studies major accepts both Freshmen and transfer students. Whether you are exploring major possibilities prior to applying to the university or you are sure that Global Studies is the place for you, this section will give you details on starting off in the major.

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Incoming Freshmen

Our incoming class is typically a diverse and energetic group of students with interests ranging from the broad to the specific. Students come in with an idea of the importance of global understanding and interaction. Through the GS major, students gain an interdisciplinary foundation in global issues and their analysis through inquiry-based learning and skills development. The knowledge, skills and values students develop through their GS major will apply to a wide variety of career and academic paths, preparing them for futures in professional careers in government, non-profit, or the private sector. See our Career Prep section for more information

If you are interested in applying to the University of Illinois as a Global Studies major, we encourage you to explore our degree requirements. You can find application details at the Admissions website.

Transfer Students

Students interested in transferring to the University of Illinois from another college or university should become familiar with the College of Liberal Arts and Science’s Transfer Handbook. Because the Global Studies major has very specific requirements for graduation, prospective transfer applicants should familiarize themselves with these requirements and consider their ability to meet them. For example, due to the study abroad requirement we recommend that you transfer in with 45 credit hours or fewer so that you can meet UIUC residency requirements and still graduate on time.

You should also make substantial progress towards acquisition of a non-primary language prior to your admission. We require that you complete either three years of high school language or two semesters of college level language in a non-primary language other than English prior to your admission. Furthermore, we strongly encourage you to have completed the College of LAS language requirement prior to admission. This consists of four years of high school language courses in a language other than English or four semesters of college-level language in a language other than English.

Many students who transfer into Global Studies have taken courses that transfer to Illinois as Global Studies Core Courses. Some students have taken introductory courses directly related to their geographic region of interest or their thematic area of interest.

Students curious about how courses they take at another institution will transfer to Illinois should see

Transfer students with a record of strong academic performance should nominate themselves to the University of Illinois’ James Scholars Honors Program. Potential candidates must have a transfer GPA of 3.5 and must have successfully participated in an honors program at their previous institution. Students must apply during the first two weeks of the semester. Benefits of the James Scholar program include access to research opportunities, early registration privileges, and recognition at graduation.

Current University of Illinois Students

Students come to Global Studies from many majors and colleges on campus, including engineering, ACES, general studies, political science, and more. Most students are eager to combine their interest in a language and region of the world with a particular thematic or topical focus, and, with good planning, students can double major or do a dual degree with Global Studies.

Prior to declaring the major, students must attend an information session. Information sessions are held frequently throughout the semester, and especially during change of major periods. During the information session, students can submit the paperwork to officially change or add the major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Once a student has attended an Information Session, he/she is welcome to schedule an individual appointment with an advisor.

Information Sessions for Spring 2015
Thursday, January 22, 3 pm
Tuesday, January 27, 2 pm
Monday, February 2, 3 pm
Thursday, March 5, 3 pm
Thursday, March 12, 2 pm
Tuesday, March 17, 3 pm
Wednesday, April 1, 4 pm
Thursday, April 16, 2 pm
Tuesday, April 28, 2 pm

Global Studies Conference Room, 703 S Wright Street, 3rd Floor

The meetings will last about an hour.

Please contact us at 217-333-0178 or with any questions.