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Welcome to Illinois!
Congratulations on being admitted into LAS Global Studies!

We look forward to welcoming you into The Major Without Borders. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. For more general questions, email LAS Recruitment and Admissions.

Major in Global Studies at Illinois

Our majors develop the knowledge, skills, and values to analyze and engage with the rapidly changing world of the 21st century. When you major in Global Studies, you work closely with academic advisers to create an individual plan of study that matches your interest in specific global thematic areas such as environmental sustainability, human rights, global health, governance and conflict, global cultures, wealth and poverty, or knowledge, communication, and information systems. Choosing classes from a variety of disciplines gives you the freedom to challenge yourself academically in areas that interest you and craft a deliberate, cohesive program of study to prepare you for your next step.

Our graduates are found in a wide array of sectors and locations. They pursue careers in business, government and international organizations, the non-profit sector, and in education. They attend law and medical school, attain graduate degrees in the social sciences, business, and public policy. And everywhere they go, they are involved in shaping our globalizing world. Learn more on our website. We look forward to working with you to chart your path.

Gain Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom

What distinguishes Global Studies majors is their cross-cultural understanding and critical global perspectives. They develop advanced language skills and cultural knowledge in a specific world region through on-campus courses, research, and a semester-long study program abroad. Our majors have the opportunity to pursue a capstone project—an honor’s thesis, assisting in faculty research, or an internship—to synthesize and deepen their understanding of a specific global topic. Their interdisciplinary background and research skills allow them to take a leadership role and contribute to shaping outcomes on campus and beyond.

You also have the option to pursue our minor in Global Markets and Society, which builds valuable skills and knowledge applicable for business, non-profit, or public sector careers.  You may also choose one of our certificate programs, International Development Studies or Global Health, which provide specialization in areas that are highly valued by international organizations and business.  Our campus has minors, certificates, and experiences to fit all interests and future goals!

Visit Us During Admitted Student Days

Admitted Student Days are held on campus from February through April. You’ll learn more about the University of Illinois, campus resources, the College of LAS, and the Global Studies major. We invite you to visit LAS Global Studies from 1 to 2 p.m. on Admitted Student Days to meet with academic advisers, faculty, and current students.

We also invite you to sit in on all or part of GLBL 100: Introduction to Global Studies on Tuesday or Thursday from 11:00 to 12:20 p.m. or Monday or Wednesday from 3:30-4:50 in 145 Armory. Please e-mail for more details. 

Connect With Current Students

Our Global Studies Leaders student group is a great resource for learning about the major, campus, and community.  If you would like to connect with one of our leaders, please email to get started.


Zsuzsa Gille
LAS Global Studies