Loyola University Chicago

Global and International Studies

BA in Global and International Studies


The BA in Global and International Studies gives students the opportunity to examine international issues from the perspective of a number of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The program allows students the flexibility to pursue a general curriculum or to emphasize cultural and literary perspectives, or political, historical and economic perspectives. While developing an individual program, an international studies student may choose from a wide range of courses examining both global issues and major regions of the world.

How do I declare a Global and International Studies major?

If a student entered Loyola as a Global and International Studies major, he or she need not formally declare.

Utilize LOCUS to declare a major. It is also encouraged that you meet with the Global and International Studies program assistant, director, or assistant director during the first semester at Loyola to fill out basic paperwork and discuss program requirements, career goals, and internship options. If a student entered Loyola as "undeclared" or wishes to change majors, he or she must formally declare the International Studies major. All minors must also formally declare.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum leading to a BA in Global and International Studies degree consists of 33 semester hours of coursework (11 courses) and the fulfillment of a language proficiency requirement. Courses completed to satisfy the language requirement do not count toward the 33 semester hours of coursework. As many as three courses may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of the international studies major and any other major or minor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The major in Global and International Studies requires students to complete the following Global and International Studies core courses in addition to seven (7) elective courses:

  • GIST 101 Introduction to International Studies
  • ANTH 100 Globalization and Local Cultures
  • PLSC 102 International Relations in an Age of Globalization
  • GIST 301 (Capstone) OR GIST 370 (Internship: note that only 3 credits of GIST 370 can count towards the GIST major)

The seven electives must include at least two courses that focus on specific world areas (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East). However, students may not take all seven electives in the same world area. In addition, for students who declare the major starting Fall 2015, elective coursework must be from at least three departments. No more than three courses taken from any single department can count for the GIST major.

If a student wishes to concentrate on a particular region (e.g., Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East) within the Global and International Studies major, he or she may choose to take up to six GIST electives that focus on the chosen world area. It is not required, however, that students do this.

Language Requirement

The language requirement for the major in Global and International Studies may be satisfied in any of the following ways:

  • Successful completion with a grade of "C" or better of a 104-level or higher course in one of the languages offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
  • Completion of a language proficiency examination or the equivalent, administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, demonstrating proficiency at the 104 level or higher.
  • Determination by the director of the International Studies Program, in consultation with appropriate specialists, that a student has at least a 104-level reading and writing proficiency in a language that is not taught or tested at Loyola.