How to Apply

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. The application deadline for the Class of 2024 is Monday, February 21 at 11:59 pm. Decisions will be sent on March 4, 2022. All accepted students must declare their track by March 18, 2022 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, 2022; students will be notified of the result of their application by June 6.

The following documents are required to apply. Assemble all three into a single PDF file and email to Caterina Eubanks (tqr8cf@virginia.edu). If you are applying to more than one track, please be sure to email each application separately. The title of your email should read: GS Major Application - [Track], [Your First & Last Name]

  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, typed and double-spaced. Please answer the following questions based on the track you are interested in:

Global Development Studies

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Studies – Middle East & South Asia

  • Why are you interested in entering the Middle East and South Asia Studies track of the Global Studies major? 
  • What is your proposed area of study within the major, and how would you support that area of study with courses, research, etc.? 

Global Commerce in Culture & Society

  • 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. 

 

Policy on Double Majors

Students may double major in Global Studies and other majors across the University, including students studying in the Schools of Architecture, Commerce, Education, Engineering and Public Policy. Students are not permitted to double-major in Global Studies and any other College major that requires an application (ie. American Studies, Modern Studies, Poetry Writing, Human Biology, Echols Interdisciplinary Major Program, Media Studies, Neuroscience, Philosophy Honors, Political and Social Thought, Politics Honors, Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law.)  You may apply to multiple College majors, but if you are accepted into Global Studies and another application-based College major, you must choose one or the other. You can, however, major in Global Studies and participate in the distinguished majors program of another department.

Major Requirements

Global Development Studies

Global Public Health

Global Environments & Sustainability

Global Security & Justice

Global Studies – Middle East & South Asia

Global Commerce in Culture & Society