Global Affairs Major


Students in the Global Affairs major learn to understand global affairs through interdisciplinary academic training and experiences outside the classroom with the ultimate goal of inspiring and preparing students for global leadership and service. Additional goals for the major are described here.  

The Global Affairs major offers two tracks: international development and international security. Courses from Global Affairs and other undergraduate programs are designated as electives in either track. Majors must select one of the two tracks as their focus, but all are required to take the core course for both tracks.

The international development track focuses on economic development and poverty, including global public health, in all but the world’s wealthiest countries. The international security track focuses on international relations, foreign policy, and diplomacy and includes topics relevant to national and human security.

Global Affairs majors are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by the time of graduation. This requirement is normally met by the successful completion (including "credit" in the credit/d/fail grade mode) of one course at the L5 level.

Majors complete the senior capstone in the fall of the senior year.

The Jackson Institute has created the following tools to help current and prospective majors understand the requirements:

Advice to Applicants

The Global Affairs major is by application in the sophomore year, with a total class size of about 50 students.

Current underclassmen should review the requirements of the major and the FAQs, selecting courses with an eye toward the economics, language, and quantitative analysis (GLBL 121) requirements. Students interested in the international development track who have already completed introductory economics, may also consider intermediate microeconomics in their semesters' courses.

Current sophomores who have already identified their intended track may also want to consider a course relevant to that intended track.

**Note that for the Class of 2018 and all subsequent classes, game theory courses will no longer count as research design courses. Eligible research design courses are listed in the most recent Approved Courses lists. Security track majors are strongly recommended to take a game theory course, such as GLBL 180, Game Theory and International Relations, as one of their five electives. Questions about this change should be directed to the DUS.

Advising Sessions

Current juniors and seniors in the major are expected to consult with the director of student affairs as they plan their schedule for the semester. To remain in good standing in the major, students should complete GLBL 225, GLBL 275, and have made reasonable progress towards the L5 language proficiency requirement.

Because of scheduling constraints, prospective applicants may not schedule an appointment with the director of student affairs during Fall Shopping.
Global Affairs juniors & seniors: Schedule an appointment with the director of student affairs

Interested sophomores can schedule an appointment with the DUS during the fall term, though please note that such meetings do not influence admissions decisions. For the remainder of the academic year, current and prospective majors can schedule appointments with the DUS, Nuno Monteiro, or the director of student affairs, Cristin Siebert. 

Schedule an individual appointment with the DUS: Professor Nuno Monteiro

Schedule an individual appointment with the Director of Student Affairs, Cristin Siebert

In addition, prospective majors are invited to attend an information sessions held each fall and announced in collaboration with residential college deans and the Sophomore Class Council. Prospective students may want to sign up for the Jackson Institute email list.

How to Apply

Current sophomores apply via the Application link. The application is typically open in mid-October and due the Friday before the Thanksgiving break.