Apply for/Change Major

Our Global Studies major combines the best of both worlds - a logical structure to keep you on track for graduation and the freedom to choose classes from across campus to tailor your studies to your own goals and interests.

Before applying to the Global Studies major, students must add the Global Studies pre-major and complete pre-major requirements. You can use the following form to declare a pre-major in Global Studies, or to drop the pre-major.

Add the Global Studies Pre-Major

Apply for the Major

Admittance to the Global Studies major is by application only. Applications are accepted fall, winter, and spring terms. The Spring 2024 deadline for this application is Monday of Week 6, on May 6th, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Applications are not accepted during the summer term.

Apply for the Global Studies Major

NEW CONTENT: Spring Major Application is open until Monday, May 6th, 2024. Next application phase will occur Fall 2024. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by email to your UO email account by the end of Week 8.

Sample Application

Application Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must:

Application Steps

Step 1: Meet with a Global Connections Advisor and put together a Global Studies Major Planner for your application file. See our Advising page for information on how to schedule an appointment with a Global Connections Advisor.

Step 2: Connect with a Global Studies Faculty Mentor. Please visit the “Faculty Mentors” page {add link} for more details regarding the required Faculty Confirmation form.

Step 3: Complete the online application (access via “Apply for the Global Studies Major” button above), inclusive of the following:

  • Fill out the Student Applicant Profile.
  • Upload your unofficial UO transcript (downloaded from DuckWeb)
  • Upload three 250-400 word essays in response to the following prompts:
    • How did you become interested in global and intercultural issues? How would you describe the quality of that interest? This can be an autobiographical statement if you wish.
    • What are your current cultural thoughts about a future vocation or profession? This can be called a "career goals" statement . Knowing these can change, we're looking to learn more about your current work interests and how these are related to your academic program.
    • How will you fulfill the requirements for the major? Give a description of the "integrating principle" or element that ties your program together. Please address the following:
      • What is your Geographic Focus area? How will you fulfill the third-year language requirement? Will your language be related to your Geographic Focus? Why or why not? (International students should reflect on completing their AEIS &Written English requirements.)
      • What is your professional concentration and who is your preferred Faculty Mentor that will help you navigate this professional concentration?
      • How do your choices for geographic and professional foci combine to meet your academic goals in Global Studies?

Application Review

The GLBL Major Admission Committee will review your completed application, and you will be notified of the committee's decision by email to your UO email account by the end of Week 6. At the time of notification of your acceptance into the program, you will be notified of a mandatory orientation meeting for all new majors.

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the GLBL Undergraduate Support Team at

Declare the Minor

The Global Studies minor provides students with the opportunity to add a global perspective to any major, in addition to providing a solid grounding in intercultural communication and the foundations of global citizenship. Students are able to tailor coursework to their own professional and personal objectives, so the minor is a suitable complement to a BA or BS degree in any school or department.

Students may elect up to 12 lower-division credits, which share a common purpose of fostering critical and cross-cultural thinking, as well as encouraging students to seek out and understand diverse perspectives and ways of approaching and communicating about current global issues. The 12 required upper-division credits allow a deeper investigation of issues, regions and cultures, and hone research, effective writing and oral presentation skills in order to address rapidly changing and complex current and future issues.

Use the following form to declare a minor in Global Studies.

Add the Global Studies Minor

Global Studies students may also be interested in two related minors:

Drop the Major or Minor

To drop the Global Studies pre-major, major and/or minor, please fill out the relevant form below.