Global Studies, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Global Studies


program website: https://globalstudies.illinois.edu/

program faculty: Global Studies Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: globalstudies@illinois.edu


5 Year BALAS/MA in Global Studies and European Union Studies

The Program in Global Studies with the European Union Center offers a 5-year BALAS /MA degree program in Global Studies and the Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS). In order to be admitted to this degree program, students apply through a joint application process to their BALAS-granting program and the European Union Center during their third year of studies. Requirements for this degree program are identical to those for the stand-alone BALAS and for the stand-alone MAEUS. Students will receive both degrees when the requirements are met for the degrees; the BALAS and MA degrees will be conferred separately and  independently. More detailed information may be obtained from department and EUC offices.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Global Studies


A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the Global Studies academic advisor before the end of the fourth semester (60 hours) and prior to the required study abroad. Please see your advisor.

Departmental distinction: The department may award distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction to any Global Studies major whose overall and major grade point averages are 3.25 or higher, who successfully completes 3 hours of GLBL 494 or other approved research methods course and who completes a distinction research project. See the departmental academic advisor for details.
 

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 51-52 hours and includes a semester-long full time study abroad program and a minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Foundations Requirements
GLBL 100Intro to Global Studies3
Global Studies. Four courses must be selected from the approved course list; they must include no more than one course from four of the following six departments: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology.12
Global Studies Seminars. Students study current events and contemporary global issues. Select three courses from GLBL 296 or one GLBL 298 course and one GLBL 296 course.3-4
Language and Culture Requirements
Language. Select courses from the approved course list in a language other than your primary language(s). These various courses represent the 5th and 6th level of study.6
Area Studies. 200- to 400-level courses which complement the language requirement must include work in at least two disciplinary departments. Area Studies and Language must be geographically related and correspond to language and study abroad location.9
One Semester (Fall or Spring) Study Abroad. Students study a variety of subjects in an approved study abroad program that furthers their language and cultural knowledge or their cultural knowledge and thematic area knowledge. Students must be enrolled full-time to receive credit toward this requirement.
Thematic Area Requirements
Students choose an approved thematic area and, in consultation with a Global Studies advisor, construct an appropriate customized curriculum of a minimum of 18 hours. Students cannot include more than 3 hours of 100-level work and must complete 9 hours of 300- and 400-level coursework. Courses must be taken from more than one department. Approved thematic areas are:18
A. Cultures in Contact
B. Wealth and Poverty in a Globalized World
C. Human Rights
D. Governance, Conflict and Resolution
E. Knowledge, Communication and Information Systems
F. Environment, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility
G. Global Health
Optional Senior Capstone. Students do an individual research project (GLBL 200, 494 and GLBL 495) based on their Thematic Area.
Total Hours51-52

5 Year BALAS/MA in Global Studies and European Union Studies

The Program in Global Studies with the European Union Center offers a 5-year BALAS /MA degree program in Global Studies and the Master of Arts in European Union Studies (MAEUS). In order to be admitted to this degree program, students apply through a joint application process to their BALAS-granting program and the European Union Center during their third year of studies. Requirements for this degree program are identical to those for the stand-alone BALAS and for the stand-alone MAEUS. Students will receive both degrees when the requirements are met for the degrees; the BALAS and MA degrees will be conferred separately and  independently. More detailed information may be obtained from department and EUC offices.