Loyola University Chicago

Global Studies

About Us


Starting with the fall semester of 2021, the Global and International Studies Program will change its name to "Global Studies" (GLST). The major and minor requirements will also change. Students who have declared a GIST major or minor before August 1, 2021 will be subject to the requirements at the time that they declared the major or minor. All students who enter the program after August 1, 2021 will be subject to the new requirements.

We live in an interdependent world. The emergence of global markets has internationalized trade and investment. Distances separating nations and peoples have contracted with improvements in transportation and communications. Environmental problems reflect global concerns that transcend national boundaries.

The Global Studies Program serves students who wish to achieve a deeper understanding of other nations, cultures and peoples in the modern world. Students majoring or minoring in global studies will explore general aspects of the international system from the perspectives of the academic departments represented in the program. Students will also examine the histories, political systems, and cultures of various regions of the world. To facilitate these studies, global studies majors and minors will develop a level of proficiency in a modern language beyond the general requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Global Studies Program prepares students for careers in an increasingly interdependent global environment. Professions that draw especially heavily on a background in international studies include those in business, communication, public service, education, journalism, law and social work. Completing a global studies major or minor also helps prepare students for graduate studies in international affairs.