Global and International Studies
Degrees offered: B.A., Minor
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
| Center for Global & International Studies
Take a small class your first semester: UNIV 101 or a First-Year Seminar are good options. First-Year Seminars help you meet KU Core Goal 1.
Complete KU Core Goals 1 through 3 in your first two years.
This is a good year to meet KU Core Goals 4 and 5—check out study abroad and service learning opportunities.
Departmental honors are available: consider taking GIST 699 and completing an honors thesis. This meets KU Core Goal 6.
Start taking a language during your freshman year. GIST requires 4th level proficiency plus an additional upper level language course.
Sophomores should take Introduction to Global and International Studies (GIST 301); this is required for admission to the major.
Consult with an advisor on upper-level courses; you will need to choose a regional expertise and a substantive specialization.
Seniors take a capstone research seminar, GIST 698. This satisfies KU Core Goal 6.
A GIST major or minor will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring throughout the world.
Many students double major in GIST and another area. Consider adding a regional studies or language major.
GIST methods and applied research classes will help you acquire analytical skills.
You can earn certificates in Global Awareness, Service Learning, Research Experience, and other areas.
Sign up for a tutor group through the Academic Achievement & Access Center. achievement.ku.edu
Get your paper off the ground with help from the KU Writing Center.
Complement your studies with an internship—in the Midwest, Washington, D.C., or an international location. career.ku.edu
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Meet with the GIST advising specialist and the academic director to find out about this major.
Make sure to complete required coursework and maintain a 2.70 GPA so you can declare your GIST major at the end of this year.
Junior year is a good time for international study. GIST majors are encouraged to study abroad.
Consider applying to graduate school or pursuing a Fulbright Scholarship for a year abroad after graduation.
Foreign Service Officer
Peace Corps Volunteer
Human Rights Advocate
Potential career paths and job titles.
Jul 10, 2015