About Global Studies

About Global Studies

The Global Studies Interdepartmental Program (IDP) provides UCLA undergraduates with a rigorous interdisciplinary education in the principal issues confronting today's globalized world.


Global Studies students are not only given the tools to understand the processes of globalization and their consequences, they are empowered to shape their world as the next generation of global leaders in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector.

- Research-oriented undergraduate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

- Interdisciplinary Major and Minor

- Summer Travel Study program incorporated in curriculum

- Senior Thesis guided by Faculty mentor is also part of the curriculum

- Cohort based program that offers small seminars during senior year



The Global Studies curriculum focuses on three thematic pillars of globalization:

Culture & Society courses concentrate on the tensions between local ways of life with deep historical, linguistic, ethnic, and religious roots and today's pressures for transnational cultures and multiple identities, fueled by the communication of ideas and the movement of people all around the world.

Governance & Conflict courses focus on challenges to the nation-state from forms of governance above (regional and global governance) and below (autonomy and secessionist movements) and from security threats beyond interstate warfare (ethnic conflict, terrorism, civil wars).

Markets courses address the interactions among global, regional, national, and subnational economic processes and market dynamics, their effects on different societies with respect to economic growth, poverty, inequality, and the interactions among market forces, political institutions, and public policy.

These three pillars of globalization capture the principal dimensions of the multifaceted interconnections increasingly defining the world we live in—among nation-states, international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. Global Studies examines the ways in which people across the globe are affected every day by an unprecedented array of linkages that defy geographic and political boundaries. Global Studies draws on insights from disciplines across the humanities and social sciences to give students the theoretical and methodological skills and the knowledge base necessary to understand this complex and rapidly changing world.



Students must apply to the major and complete a sequence of requirements  our  Summer Travel Study programs before graduation. Merit based scholarships are available to select Global Studies students who participate in Global Studies Travel Study Summer programs.



Global Studies Minor teaches students about the fundamental dynamics of globalization and offers them a multidisciplinary curriculum in the humanities and social sciences through which they can explore the complex and multifaceted interconnections that characterize the contemporary world. It is an ideal complement to all majors in the arts, humanities,  social sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.


The Global Studies major is a designated capstone major. Through their senior seminar and
research design courses, students must:

• demonstrate appropriate mastery of a specialized area of global studies.
• demonstrate a critical understanding of current scholarly concerns, literature, and
• identify and analyze primary sources.
• design and carry out a research project, drawing on both primary sources and
appropriate scholarly literature.