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Global Studies Requirements

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, along with credit (or credit-by-exam) for four semesters of the same modern foreign language, students may earn a BDP certificate in Global Studies. For a complete list of courses and requirements:
download the Global Studies BDP curriculum sheet (PDF).

Foundation Courses [4 hours]

  • Forum Seminar
  • History and Theory Course

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Courses in a Strand [6-9 hours]

  • Cultures in Context
  • International Conflict
  • International Political and Economic Development
  • International Trade
  • Transnational Security and Terrorism

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Connecting Experiences [6-9 hours]

BDP advisors assist students in finding meaningful connecting research and/or internship experiences related to Global Studies. Students are encouraged to complete at least one connecting experience abroad.

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Integration Essay

3-4 page essay written at the end of the BDP experience, drawing together the different pieces of the BDP.

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BDP Certificate in Global Studies

Courses counting toward a BDP in Global Studies may also satisfy core, major, and elective requirements in a student’s degree plan. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers, but instead helps students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way.