The Global and International Studies (GIS) Bachelor’s Degree is a 33-credit interdisciplinary major that draws courses from all departments in the School of Liberal Arts Departments as well as from the schools of Public Health, Philanthropic Studies, Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Herron School of Art and Design, and others. All courses eligible to satisfy degree requirements are listed under courses.

Degree Requirements

  • Students must satisfy the general requirements of the School of Liberal Arts.
  • Earn at least 120 credits to graduate.
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) of 2.0 or higher.
  • Earn a C or higher on all courses counting for the major.
  • Students may double count courses between the major and the Indiana Core 30 requirements; however, courses taken to satisfy degree requirements for the major may not double count toward Liberal Arts Baccalaureate Competencies. Nor is double counting within the major permitted. Therefore, courses that are cross listed under various regional and/or thematic concentrations may only fulfill one requirement within the major.

I100 Introduction to International Studies (3 cr.) Required introductory course.

Windows on the World (3 cr.)

Choose from one of the following courses:

  • ANTH A104 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
  • GEOG G130 World Geography.
  • HIST H109 Perspectives on the World Since 1800.
  • POLS Y219 Introduction to International Relations.
  • REL R133 Introduction to Religion

Advanced World Languages Studies (3 cr.)

One 300-level, third-year course from the World Languages courses.

Global Region Concentration (9 cr.)

The regional concentration must include courses from at least 2 different departments or schools. Students select one of these global areas to study:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Middle East

Thematic Concentration (3 cr.)

The thematic concentration must include courses from at least 2 different departments or schools. Students select one of the following themes:

  • Civil Society and Social Movements
  • Comparative Systems
  • Global and Cross-Cultural Interactions
  • International Business and the Global Economy
  • International Relations
  • Issues in Global Development

Study Abroad (3 cr.)

Three credit hours earned through an IU Indianapolis approved study abroad program.

I400 Global and International Studies Senior Seminar Capstone course (3 cr.)

Students must complete courses from at least 4 different departments or schools.


Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for a snapshot of classes you will be taking to finish your degree.

More Info

Contact Program Director, Dr. Michael Snodgrass.