Undergraduate students from across the University may apply for entrance to the Global Studies major in the spring semester of their second year. This is the only time that current students may apply.

Applications for the CLASS OF 2025 are due by midnight, February 20, 2023. Notifications will be sent on March 3, 2023. All accepted students must declare their track by March 17, 2023 in order to reserve a place in the major.

Newly admitted transfer students who will begin their third year in the fall semester can apply for entrance to the major in May, as soon as they have been notified of their admission to the University. We will not accept transfer applications after June 1, 2023; students will be notified via email of the result of their application by June 6.

How to Apply

The following documents are required to apply:

  1. TRANSCRIPT - An unofficial one that you print from SIS is sufficient.
     
  2. RESUME - Include important extracurricular activities, work experience, academic honors, and other relevant experiences.
     
  3. PERSONAL STATEMENT - No more than 500 words (total), typed and double-spaced. Please answer the following questions based on the track you are interested in:

Global Development Studies (GDS)

  • Why are you interested in entering the Global Development Studies track of the Global Studies major?
  • What is your conception of development and what issues in development have interested you to this point?
  • What is your proposed area of study within the major, and how would you support that area of study with courses, research, etc.? 

Global Public Health (GPH)

  • Why are you interested in entering the Global Public Health track of the Global Studies major?
  • What is your proposed area or particular topic of study within the major, and how would you support that area of study with courses, research, etc.?
  • Your future plans and professional goals 

Global Environments & Sustainability (GSVS)

  • Why are you interested in the Global Environments + Sustainability track of the Global Studies major?
  • What is your proposed area of focus within the major, and how would you support that focus with courses, research and/or study abroad? Focus areas may be geographical or topical, such as water, food, energy, urbanism, business, social equity, environmental restoration, etc.

Global Security & Justice (GSSJ)

  • Why are you interested in majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Security and Justice?
  • What specific issues of global security and justice most concern you? 

Global Commerce in Culture & Society (GCCS)

  • If you are admitted to GCCS, in your fourth year capstone seminar you will do research independently about an issue of your own choosing. Imagine you are in that seminar now: what issue would you take on? In a 500-word essay, describe this issue, explain its importance, and tell us what fields or subjects you would need to learn more about to research it. You will not need to actually stay with the topic you write about for this application; we understand that your interests may change. We just want to get a sense of the kind of issues that interest you and how you approach them. 

 

IMPORTANT: Assemble all three documents into a single PDF file and save using the following naming convention:  [Your Full Name] - [Track you are applying to] - 2024 GS Application. 

Example:

Submit your full application via this portal. You may only apply to a maximum of two (2) tracks. If you have any questions about the application process, please email Caterina Eubanks (tqr8cf@virginia.edu). 

 

Policy on Double Majors

Students may double major in Global Studies and other majors across the University, including students studying in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Schools of Architecture, Commerce, Education, Engineering and Public Policy.

Major Requirements

Global Development Studies

Global Public Health

Global Environments & Sustainability

Global Security & Justice

Global Commerce in Culture & Society