Bachelor of Science in Global Studies

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The Bachelor of Science in Global Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that draws from coursework in the social sciences, humanities, and related fields. Global studies students examine the political, economic, cultural, and social forces that transect and sometimes blur the borders among nations and communities. The major provides students with the opportunity to understand and critically evaluate the broad trends that shape our increasingly globalized world and to focus on the issues that most interest and motivate them. The flexibility of the degree allows students to discover and pursue their own interests in areas such as: global governance, environmental sustainability, public health, human migration, and the challenges facing particular regions of the world. 

The B.S. in Global Studies provides students with a diverse toolkit containing the knowledge, concepts, and skills they will need to understand and meet the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world. Students are trained in several of the quantitative and qualitative methods of research and analysis valued by employers in a vast array of organizations, institutions, and businesses involved in global affairs. These may include geographic information systems, program evaluation and policy analysis, and intercultural communication. Global studies can also prepare students for pursuing advanced degrees in a variety of academic and professional fields.  

The objectives of the global studies major are to develop in its graduates:        

  • A clear understanding of global issues and the global connectivity of people and places
  • The skills needed to analyze global challenges and critically evaluate existing approaches to dealing with them
  • The ability to communicate appropriately in different formats across disciplines and across cultures
  • An understanding of the careers available to global studies majors and the ability to seek out relevant pre-professional experience  

Students will be required to complete 47 credit hours of core courses, a 120 hour internship requirement, and a language or international experience requirement. 

Required Courses

Global Studies Requirements (47)
LCHS 100Introduction to the Professions2
Choose one world history course from the following:3
Twentieth Century Europe: 1890-19453
Rise of Global Economy3
ECON 211Principles of Economics 13
PS 230International Relations3
PS 232Democracy, Dictatorship, and Development3
Choose one social science methods sequence:6
Option 1
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
Intermediate Geographic Information Systems3
Option 2
Social Science Research Methods3
Applied Correlation and Regression3
Fieldwork Methods
COM 435Intercultural Communication3
PS 313Comparative Public Policy3
PS 360Global Political Economy3
Choose one global development course from the following:3
International Law and Organizations3
Global Migration3
Global Health3
International Development3
Choose a minimum of three global studies electives from the following:9
International Finance3
Latin America: 1810-Present3
Women in Latin American History3
Twentieth Century Europe: 1890-19453
Women and the World: 20th Century3
The City in World History3
Politics of Global Warming3
Government and Politics in Africa3
Politics of East Asia3
Politics of Europe3
Politics of Latin America3
Cross-Cultural Psychology3
Global Chicago3
Comparative Health Systems3
International Development3
SSCI 486Planning, Fundraising, and Program Evaluation3
SSCI 493Public Service Internship3
Language proficiency or international experience (see below for more information)0
Mathematics Requirements (5-6)
Select two courses at the level of MATH 119 or above including PSYC 203 or BUS 2215-6
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See IIT Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Natural Sciences Requirements (10-11)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section D10-11
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 110Computing Principles2
Interprofessional Projects (6)
See IIT Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (34)
Select 34 credit hours34

 Minimum degree credits required: 126


 Students who have had Introduction to Microeconomics may substitute ECON 152.

Language Proficiency or International Experience Requirement

The language proficiency/international experience requirement may be satisfied in the following ways, subject to adviser approval:

  • Participation in local events focusing on globalization and international affairs


  • Language proficiency (satisfaction of IIT requirement through proficiency exam and/or coursework; ETS proficiency exam; CLEP; the successful completion of intermediate level (second year) language coursework from an accredited institution with a "C" grade or better; or AP language credits)


  • International/experiential participation (international internship; locally-based internship with international focus; or study abroad)

Bachelor of Science in Global Studies Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PS 2303LCHS 1002
ECON 2113PS 2323
Mathematics Elective13World History Course23
Humanities 200-level Course3Natural Science or Engineering Elective4
Social Sciences Elective3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 Free Elective3
 15 18
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
CS 1102PS 3603
COM 4353Social Science Methods Course II33
Social Science Methods Course I33Natural Science or Engineering Elective3
Mathematics Elective13Free Elective3
Natural Science or Engineering Elective3Free Elective3
Humanities Elective (300+)3 
 17 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PS 3133Global Studies Elective3
Global Development Course43Humanities Elective (300+)3
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Free Elective3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
Free Elective4Free Elective3
 16 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
SSCI 4863SSCI 4933
Global Studies Elective3Global Studies Elective3
IPRO Elective I3IPRO Elective II3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 126

Two mathematics courses at the level of MATH 119 or above, including PSYC 203 or BUS 221.


Choose from HIST 311 or HIST 340.


Students must choose one of the following social science methods sequences: SSCI 225 and SSCI 325; or SSCI 209 and (PSYC 320 or SSCI 387).


Choose from PS 388, SSCI 376, SSCI 318, or SSCI 380.