Transfer Preparation Requirements — Global Studies*

Major Preparation Requirements

  • Introduction to globalization
  • Statistics
  • Two years of a modern foreign language
  • Five courses, with no more than two from any of the following three categories:
    • Culture and Society
      • Group-A: Sociocultural anthropology, cultural geography, global music, world literature, culture and communication, intro to gender studies
      • Group-B: History of Asian Americans, introduction to Chicana/Chicano studies, world civilizations and cultures (social structure & contemporary conditions)
    • Governance and Conflict
      • Contemporary world history, history of Africa, comparative or world politics, political theory, or introduction to sociology
    • Markets and Resources
      • Introduction to economic geography, environment and sustainability, sociology of migration or microeconomics or macroeconomics

If you choose to complete only 1 course from the Culture and Society area to satisfy this 5 course requirement, the course must be taken from Group-A. The second course from that area may be from Group-B.

To be considered for this major, a minimum of six preparatory courses must be completed by the end of the spring before transfer. No more than two semesters of foreign language may be used toward the minimum six major preparatory courses for admission. If admitted, students must complete all remaining preparatory courses (including Global Studies 1) with a B grade or better in their first quarter at UCLA. Students must also submit a supplemental application to the department that fall quarter. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one year of language prior to matriculation.

Note: High School foreign language classes will NOT satisfy major preparation requirements.


* This major is highly selective. Demand for this major significantly exceeds space available.

* Students are classified as Pre-Global Studies until they complete the remaining preparation courses at UCLA and submit a supplemental application to the department.

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