Global Studies Dual Major

The Global Studies (GS) dual major complements and adds a global dimension to any major at UNH. The completion of the dual major requires no additional credits for graduation beyond the 128 required of all UNH students.

Note: The Department of Civil Engineering has developed a dual-major program in civil engineering and Global Studies. Students do not need to have pre-existing skills in a foreign language before coming to UNH.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes, if primary major is a Bachelor of Arts
Declared Primary Major

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Global Studies Dual Major Requirements

All coursework required for Global Studies must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Students who wish to declare the Global Studies dual major must earn a C or better in IA 401, have declared a primary major, and have a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average. Students are expected to maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average, the minimum required for study abroad at UNH.

Required Core Courses
IA 401International Perspectives4
IA 501Global Issues in International Affairs4
IA 701Exploring International Challenges and Opportunities4
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Economics (Macro)
Principles of Economics (Micro)
Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
Global Studies Language Requirement 1variable
International Experience - Study Abroad 2variable
Electives - see list below
Select one course from each category list, plus one more course from either category (3 courses total):12
Politics, Culture, & History
Science, Environment, Economy, & Health

Global Studies Language Requirement
GS majors must demonstrate functional reading, writing, and speaking ability equivalent to a second-year, second-semester college level (504). Students may take placement tests to establish proficiency. Native second language speakers are exempt from this requirement - speak to an GS advisor. Language study may be pursued at UNH; through study abroad in the summer, J-term, or academic year; or through transfer credits from other institutions with the permission of an GS advisor.


International Experience - Study Abroad
Minimum of eight weeks. The GS international experience is typically conducted in a country or region that uses the student’s second language. Students may pursue their international experience elsewhere after consultation with an GS advisor.

The international experience (typically completed in the junior year) is completed before taking IA 701 in the senior year. Students may spend an academic year, semester, or summer in an academic institution, in an internship with a private or public organization, or in purposeful travel/research. Students must meet with the Study Abroad Advisors at the Global Education Center to plan their international experience, typically a year in advance of study abroad.

Electives (three total)

  • Select one elective course from the Politics, Culture, and History category list.
  • Select one elective course from the Science, Environment, Economy and Health category list.
  • Select one additional elective course from either category list.

Electives are offered across the university and may be used to fulfill Discovery, Honors Program and/or other minor requirements. Up to 8 credits may be double counted between your primary major and the dual major. Additional courses taken in the primary major may count for the dual major if the courses are not counted toward the primary major requirements. Electives may be taken at UNH, during the international experience, or transferred from another university with the permission of the Global Studies advisor.

Politics, Culture, & History Electives
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology (or ANTH 411H)
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Peoples and Cultures of the World (area specific) 1
World Archaeological Cultures
Anthropology of Islam: Muslims' Everyday Lives in Contemporary Communities
Special Topics
Islam and Gender: Gendered Lives of Muslims
Greek Art and Architecture
Roman Art and Architecture
Romanesque and Gothic Art
Northern Renaissance Art I
Iconoclasm and Collecting: The Art of Early Modern Northern Europe
Early Renaissance Art
The High Renaissance
Baroque Art in Northern Europe
Histories of Late 19th & 20th Century European Modernism
Topics in Art History
Introduction to Chinese Culture
What does it Mean to be Modern? Lenses of Modern Chinese Literature and Film
Introduction to Greek Civilization
Introduction to Roman Civilization
Building Rome
Classical Society, Politics and Ethics: Greek and Roman Religion
Identities and Difference in the Ancient World: Greek and Roman Women
A Road Trip Through France: Baguette, Brie, Bordeaux, and Beyond
Love, War, and Power in French Literature
Greatest Hits of French
Topics in Francophone Culture
Rebellion and Upheaval in 18th-Century Literature and Culture
Conflict & Human Security
Global Governance
World Regions: Europe and the Americas
World Regions: Asia and Africa
China: People, Politics and Economy
Geography of the Middle East
Sub-Saharan Africa: Environmental Politics and Development
Political Geography
Major German Authors in English
Introduction to German Culture and Civilization
Special Studies in German Language and Literature
Special Studies in German Language and Literature
World History to the 16th Century
World History in the Modern Era
Foreign Cultures (area specific; or HIST 425H) 1
Europe and the Modern World (or HIST 436H)
Europe and the Modern World
Honors/Citizens and Persons
Honors/Islam, Art, and the Past
Slavery and Society in Pre-Colonial Africa
Honors/Global Citizenship: In Pursuit of Liberty
History of World Religions
Explorations of Historical Perspectives
Modern Latin America
Espionage and History
Modern European War and Society: The Napoleonic Wars to World War II
Modern Britain
Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization
Women in Modern Europe
Comparative Revolutions: How to Make a Revolution in the World before Marx
Ancient Near East
History of China in Modern Times
History of Japan in Modern Times
Medieval Islam
History of Modern Africa: 1870 to the Present
Explorations 1
Special Topics in American Legal History
Foreign Relations of the United States
Foreign Relations of the United States
Latin American History: Topics 1
Medieval England 800-1300
Europe after the Black Death
Saints, Sinners, and Heretics: Europe in the Age of Religious Reform
Twentieth Century Europe
England in the Tudor and Stuart Periods
History of Ancient Greece
Topics in Ancient Greek History
History of Ancient Rome
Topics in Ancient Roman History
Seminar: Historical Expl
Ancient Humanities: Cultures and Empires
Ancient Humanities: Cultures and Empires
Ancient Humanities: Cultures and Empires
Ancient Humanities: Cultures and Empires
Medieval Humanities: Rise of Global Empires
Medieval Humanities: Rise of Global Empires
Medieval Humanities: Rise of Global Empires
Modern Humanities: Colonies, Constitutions, and Capital
Modern Humanities: Colonies, Constitutions, and Capital
Modern Humanities: Colonies, Constitutions, and Capital
Global Humanities
Global Humanities
Global Humanities
Introduction to Italian Studies
Italians Come to America: Representing Emigration and Immigration on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Mamma Mia! Italian Motherhood from the Virgin Mary to Carmela Soprano
Medieval and Renaissance Italian Culture
Modern and Contemporary Italian Culture
Italian Cinema
Introduction to Italian Culture and Civilization I: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque
Introduction to Italian Culture and Civilization II: Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism, Modernism
Ancient and Medieval Italy
Ancient and Medieval Italy
Languages of the World
Professional Culture in Europe
Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
20th Century European Philosophy
United States in World Affairs
Of Dictators and Democrats
People and Politics in Asia
Wealth and Politics in Asia
Comparative Government and Society
Contemporary European Politics
Revolution and Protest in Latin America
Politics in China
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
World Politics
Strategy and National Security Policy
United States Policy in Latin America
The Rise of China
Selected Topics in International Politics
States and Societies in the Middle East
Food and Wine Politics
Theories of International Relations
International Organization
Seminar in International Politics
Devils, Deities, and Madness in Russian Literature
Russia: Mythology and Propaganda
Honors/Society in the Arctic
Global Change and Social Sustainability
Introduction to Spanish Cultures
Introduction to Latin American Cultures
Topics in Hispanic Cultural Studies
Introduction to Spanish Literature and Thought
Introduction to Spanish Literature and Thought
Introduction to Latin American Literature and Thought
Science, Environment, Economy, & Health Electives
Honors/Medicine and Culture: Science, Technology and the Body
Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing
Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa
Globalization and Global Population Health
Our Changing Planet
Environmental Pollution and Protection: A Global Context
Energy and Environment
Environment, Technology and Ancient Society: Sustaining Ancient Rome Ecology and Empire
Environment, Technology and Ancient Society: Roman Houses, Domestic Space and Public Life
Environment, Technology and Ancient Society: Tech, Tools and Engineering in the Ancient World
From Silicon Valley to Foxconn: Global Digital Capitalism
Seminar in Media Studies
International Economics
Innovation in the Global Economy
Languages of the World
The New Pirates of the Caribbean
Global Environmental Change
Natural Hazards and Human Disasters
Society, Environment and Justice
Global Trade and Local Development
Field Research
Climate and Society
Political Ecology
Science in the Modern World
Topics in History of Science
International Food and Culture
International Wine and Beverage
Environmental Health
Italian Food Studies
Special Topics in Italian Studies
Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime
Linguistic Field Methods
Global Mindset for Sustainable Business
International Marketing
Natural Resources Field Methods
Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness
Honors/Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness
Forest Ecosystems and Environmental Change
International Energy Topics
International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century
Sustainable Living - Global Perspectives
Special Topics
Special Topics
The Future of Humanity: Science, Technology, and Society
Honors/The Future of Humanity: Science, Technology, and Society
Politics and Policy in a Warming World
International Security
Selected Topics in International Politics
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
International Political Economy
Environment and Society
Environmental Sociology
Social Welfare Policy: Analysis, Activism, and Advocacy
Tourism and Global Understanding

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  • Demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language;
  • Apply different disciplinary approaches to the study of international affairs, including key themes and theoretical frameworks employed in these disciplines;
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and discuss important global issues;
  • Engage with cultural diversity and complexity through the international experience;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with different types of data and sources and their appropriate use in analyzing selected topics in international affairs;
  • Demonstrate competence in research design. Students will develop inquiry-based research questions, conduct a literature review, employ appropriate methods and data collection, and interpret their findings accurately.