B.A. On Campus

Global Studies

University of Southern California

48 months
60446 USD/year
60446 USD/year
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This Global Studies BA program offered at University of Southern California brings together anthropology, political science, international relations, history, foreign languages and religion. This course offers students the opportunity to learn about the world from a variety of academic perspectives and to make connections among them, with the goal of producing active global citizens, who understand the links between human rights, human duties, and cosmopolitan beliefs.


The 16 units of required courses in the humanities and/or social sciences must be taken in the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, History, International Relations, Political Science and Religion. Students must choose these units from a list of electives (see below). Some substitutions can be made with the approval of the thesis adviser. The choice of these courses allows students to tailor the degree to their individual needs, but students are expected to take their elective courses with a focus on one geographical area or set of issues. The 8 additional units of language may be taken at USC or fulfilled elsewhere in compliance with the same guidelines that apply to the University of Southern California Dornsife foreign language requirement. In addition to specific course work, students in the global studies major should complete at least one and are recommended to complete two study abroad programs with at least one semester abroad during the ​junior year. Ideally, a student would spend one summer abroad and one semester abroad prior to the senior year.

In the senior year, global studies majors take a senior seminar in the fall semester and write a senior thesis under the supervision of a regional scholar in the spring semester. A regional scholar can be chosen from any of the six participating departments — Anthropology, Comparative Literature, History, International Relations, Political Science and Religion — and this scholar should have some expertise in the country or region where the student has spent a semester abroad. Students will receive guidance in the selection of a regional scholar to supervise their senior thesis.

International Careers

This Global Studies BA program offered at University of Southern California is the ideal course of study for students wishing to work for international organizations, either governmental organizations or non-governmental ones (NGOs). Along with the required core and collateral courses, the elective units allow sufficient flexibility to complete course prerequisites for regional and area studies programs, law school and business school. The global studies academic adviser can provide direction in planning course selections toward specific fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Global Studies and Overseas Research 
  • Global Studies Research Methods 
  • Global Studies Senior Seminar 
  • Directed Research 
  • Directed Research for Honors 
  • The African Diaspora 
  • On Location: The Place of Literature in Global Cultures 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official Test Scores
  • Transcripts: First-year applicants should submit official transcripts of all high school and college coursework completed.
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation: One letter is required from either your school counselor or a teacher from your school. Applicants to the School of Cinematic Arts must submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Portfolio, resumé and/or additional writing samples: if required by major. Performance majors may also require auditions. 
  • Submit your fall grades (when available)

Tuition Fee

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    60446 USD/year
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  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 60446 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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