Applying to the Major

All UCLA students who plan to pursue the Global Studies major must apply for entrance to the major.


 Incoming freshmen may be admitted to UCLA as Pre-Global Studies majors; however, they will still need to apply for the major once at UCLA by Fall of their junior year. Incoming students should have a back-up major. Students admitted under another major may also apply to switch to Global Studies. Please request to attend the Global Studies departmental orientation session in the summer once admitted to UCLA.




The application period is the end of the Fall Quarter of the Junior Year.  By the end of that term, students must have done the following:

  • earned a minimum grade of a 'B' in Glbl St 1
  • completed all preparation courses* (courses may be in progress in the Fall) with a minimum UC GPA in these courses of 3.25.
  • enroll in Glbl St 100A or Glbl St 100B (Winter) and register for a Glbl St 110A/110B travel study program** (Summer)
  • submitted an application at the end of the Fall Quarter of their Sophomore or Junior Year

*Completion of level 3 of the foreign language is acceptable when applying for the major.  Level 6 of the foreign language is required to complete all preparation requirements, but can be done once accepted to the major. 

** Sophomores are not required to enroll in Summer Travel Study until their Junior year. 

Register for a Global Studies travel study program (Glbl St 110A/110B) for the following Summer any time after November 15th via the UCLA Travel Study website. Please note that certain destinations fill up quickly so if you have a preferred program, enroll early. Please keep in mind that a $300 non-refundable deposit is required to enroll in one of these programs.

Students who are not admitted to the Global Studies major will have the option of dropping Glbl St 110A/110B, but no refund of the deposit will be given. Keep in mind that these courses can be used towards any two of the three electives for the Global Studies minor.


The main factor considered for admission is preparatory GPA. Meeting the minimum preparation requirements does not guarantee admission to the Global Studies major. We have a limited number of spaces allocated for new admits, therefore the application process is very selective. The Global Studies major is designed for highly motivated students who are looking for a course of study leading up to a senior thesis (35-50 pages including bibliography) on an issue related to globalization of their choosing. Students are asked to have a backup major in mind when applying, in case they are not accepted.


2017-2018 Application will open on:

November 15th and will close on December 2nd at 11:59pm

INFO SESSIONS: Thursday, September 28 at 4:30pm in 10383 Bunche Hall

                         Wednesday, October 4 at 4:30 pm in 10383 Bunche Hall


After the application period has closed and grades for Fall Quarter courses have posted, the Chair of Global Studies will review applications.

IMPORTANT: Before you start the Application, make sure to model your DARS for Global Studies and check that all preps for Global Studies are showing up in the correct fields. If they are not, please contact the Glbl  St Advising Office.

The notification period for entrance to, or denial of, the Global Studies major is targeted for Week 2 of Winter Quarter, if not before.  Students are asked to refrain from inquiring about their application status until after notifications are sent out.


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