Undergraduate Programs

Why Study Global Studies?

Internationalization; global citizenship; civic engagement; social justice—these skills and values are at the heart of the Global Studies program. Within these core principles, our students can pursue professional avenues ranging from law and human rights to arts and identity. We offer students a level of language proficiency and cultural grounding beyond general education requirements, positioning them as expert intercultural citizens.

Major in Global Studies

In our pre-major, BA and BS in Global Studies, we offer personalized study pathways that allow students to tailor their training toward their career goals and specific geographic areas of interest. Any other minor degree may also serve as a professional concentration. Intercultural experience provides a mechanism for students to incorporate study abroad, internships, and other intercultural experiential learning into their training.

Our department maintains a tradition of direct faculty-to-student mentorship that is unusual at the UO. This gets formalized in our requirement that every Global Studies major has an identified faculty member who has formally agreed to serve as their mentor for the major.

Environmental Justice and Resilience
Development Studies
Migration, Refugees and Humanitarian Assistance
Diplomacy, Peace, and Conflict Studies
Media and Communications
Business, Trade, and Tourism
Arts and Identity
Gender, Race and Inequality
Law and Human Rights
Food Studies
Global Health
Global Education
Southeast & East Asia
South & Central Asia
Latin America & Caribbean
Middle East
North America

Honors in Global Studies

Undergraduates may choose to graduate with Honors in Global Studies. An honors thesis provides a great way for a student to do one-on-one research work with a faculty member. An honors thesis can also serve as a high-quality writing sample for an application to graduate school or a job.

Honors Requirements

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Minors in Global Studies

The Department of Global Studies is home to the Global Studies minor. Our department has connections with two other minor programs, and offers the only Peace Corps prep certificate program in the state of Oregon.

  • In the Global Service program, students can minor in Global Service, obtain a Peace Corps Prep Certificate, or both.
  • In the Global Health program, students learn diverse approaches to research and practice and also complete a required global health field experience, internship, or practicum.

Minor Requirements

Eloise Navarro


“Because Global Studies is such an interdisciplinary academic field, I hope to have experiences in a variety of careers. I'm looking to combine my passion for international issues, language, and environmental issues. For the past few years, I have been heavily involved in local organizations, volunteering, and nonprofits. My goal is to work with international environmental organizations or nonprofits such as UNEP, the WWF, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Greenpeace.”

—Eloise Navaro, BA in Global Studies, ‘22

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Real-World Experience

Hands-on learning is a foundational part of the Department of Global Studies. We offer our students many opportunities for experiential and project-based learning courses. Intercultural experience is a requirement of the major, which can include:

  • Internships, practicums or field studies
  • Study abroad
  • Research with a professor
  • Hands-On Learning

Hands-On Learning

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What you can do with a Global Studies degree

A Global Studies major can prepare you to work in many fields. Learn about possible careers and hear from alumni.

Explore Careers

Scholarships and Awards

Learn about ways to apply for funding through the Department of Global Studies.

Explore Scholarships and Awards

Advising and Academic Support

Schedule an appointment with a faculty advisor, choose a faculty mentor, find important department forms and get answers.

Departmental Advising and Support


Human Physiology Seminar Series with Dr. Amanda LeBlanc
Human Physiology Seminar Series with Dr. Amanda LeBlanc Jun 9 Lawrence Hall
"Who Knew?"
"Who Knew?" Jun 10 Miller Theatre Complex
"Who Knew?"
"Who Knew?" Jun 11 Miller Theatre Complex
Clue: On Stage AUDITIONS by University Theatre
Clue: On Stage AUDITIONS by University Theatre Jun 11 Hope Theatre at the Miller Theatre Complex
Let's Talk - Wednesday 2-4PM
Let's Talk - Wednesday 2-4PM Jun 14 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Disability Studies Graduation Celebration
Disability Studies Graduation Celebration Jun 16 Living-Learning Center South
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Natural Sciences
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Natural Sciences Jun 20 Autzen Stadium
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Humanities
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Humanities Jun 20 East Campus Green- Located West of Global Scholars Hall
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Social Sciences
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Social Sciences Jun 20 Autzen Stadium
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Global Studies and Languages
CAS Commencement Ceremony - Global Studies and Languages Jun 20 Memorial Quad Lawn