GLS students select a concentration in the fall semester of their sophomore year. The GLS concentrations help students to frame their interdisciplinary studies together with a dynamic community of students and faculty. Each concentration approaches global studies from different perspectives, thematic concerns, and methods of analysis and communication. Students take upper division courses specific to their concentration as well as a mix of electives to complement and enhance their studies. The concentration-based learning experience culminates in a Senior Thesis project, where students work with a faculty advisor in their concentration to complete independent research and produce an original work in a wide range of formats from a traditional scholarly monograph to a graphic novel or documentary video.
Four upper division courses must be taken within each concentration: Sophomore Seminar: Approaches, Junior Independent Research Seminar, and Senior Colloquium (fall) and Thesis (spring).