The Global and International Studies 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), the Herron School of Art and Design, and others.  All courses eligible to satisfy degree requirements are listed under the Courses tab at the program website ( 

The requirements are as follows:

  • I100 Introduction to International Studies (3 credits), the required introductory course.
  • "Windows on the World" (3 credits).  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 credits):
    • Students starting before Fall 2013 must achieve second-year proficiency by completing the 200-level cycle of a modern foreign language.  (Native speakers of foreign languages or students testing into third-year studies must complete one 300/400-level course from World Languages and Cultures.) 
    • Students starting during or after Fall 2013, when Liberal Arts revised language requirements for all majors, must complete one 300-level, third-year course from the World Languages Courses list. 
  • Global Region Concentration (9 credit hours):
    • 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 (9 credits):
    • 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 credits)
    • Three credit hours earned through an IUPUI-approved study abroad program.  Details on eligible programs and scholarships available on the program website and at IUPUI’s Study Abroad office (
  • I400 Global and International Studies Senior Seminar Capstone course (3 credits)

Students must complete courses from at least 4 different departments or schools.  In addition to the major degree requirements listed above, students must also satisfy the general requirements of the School of Liberal Arts, earn at least 120 credits to graduate, and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Students must earn a C or higher on all courses counting for the major. Students admitted after Fall 2013 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 towards Liberal Arts Baccalaureate Competencies.  Nor is double counting within the major permitted.  Therefor, courses that are cross-listed under various regional and/or thematic concentrations may only fulfill one requirement within the major.

Download a student checklist for completing the IS Major

Liberal Arts General Education Checklist

IUPUI Study Abroad Information

IUPUI Study Abroad Online Database

2016 Outstanding Grad

Dr Tijen Demirel-Pegg with 2016 Global and International Studies Outstanding Graduate Emma Storen


2016: Emma Storen

2015: Quinn Dilley

2014: Zulaiha Razak 

2013: Bryan Peckham

2012: Evangeline Hodgson

2011: Meghan Cross 

2010: Jon Kath and Shehzad Qazi