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Students have a number of options within the Global Studies Program.

Within the major there are five tracks to choose from, allowing students to specialize in a particular area of global interest:

  • Global Communication
  • Global Health
  • Global Management
  • Global Sustainability
  • Global Security

Several of these degrees are jointly conferred by the College of Letters & Science and another professional college at UWM. For example, the Global Management track is a collaborative program with the UWM Lubar College of Business.

The minor in Global Studies is broad-based and does not offer specialty tracks. Students receive a well-rounded overview of global issues as part of the minor to complement any other major.

Advanced students who enter their first year prepared to take upper-level classes in a world language other than English may be interested in the accelerated master’s program. This program can lead to a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a Saster’s degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies in five years total instead of six. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor by the middle of their first year

Global Studies Program Contact

Prospective Students (not yet enrolled at UWM)

Prospective students, contact our admissions counselor at let-sci@uwm.edu or 414-229-7711.

Current Students

General questions such as how to declare, how to change a major, general education requirements, etc. should be directed to the College advising office at ls-advising@uwm.edu or 414-229-4654.

Specific questions about Global Studies, such as research opportunities, internship opportunities, major requirements, etc., should be directed to Christine Wolf.

Undergraduate Programs in Global Studies

In addition to the traditional major and minor options, we have an accelerated program. Students who begin their first year at UWM with advanced skills in a language other than English can earn both the bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies in five years instead of six. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor by the middle of their first year.

Major, Minor, and Accelerated Degrees

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Select the declaration that’s right for you, and you will find more instructions on how to declare and what to expect.

Student Resources

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Understand who your advisors are and the ways they help you successfully navigate college life.
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See all the options for electives and upcoming courses.
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Understand how to create a scholarship application and sources of funding.
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There are additional programs at UWM outside of the Department of Global Studies that cover global topics.
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Tutoring, accommodations, mentor programs, and more.
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See what our alumni have done with their Global Studies degrees.
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Find friends with similar interests through career-oriented organizations, social clubs, and community activities.
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Earn honors in the major or join the UWM Honors College.
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Opportunities abound around the world for students to live and study outside of the U.S. for a few weeks, a semester or a full year.
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Experience matters just as much as a degree. Learn about international internships and domestic internships with international companies for students in Global Studies.
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Students who place beyond the first-semester of a language can earn up to 16 retroactive credits, depending on the language.
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Global Studies Highlights

Value of Global Competence for Career Growth

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interns cleaning pondLifelong learner — enhanced natural curiosity
Leader among peers —embrace cultural and interpersonal differences
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Global Studies Virtual Information Session

  • The main differences between the Global Studies and International Studies programs
  • Meet alumni and learn about careers and opportunities after graduation
  • Hear about a current student’s experience in the program
  • How the experiential requirements work
  • Where internship sites are being developed for students
  • How to make an appointment or get more information.

Global Studies News

  • Xu publishes Deleuze and Chinese “Pure Literature”
    Congratulations to Jian Xu, whose book Deleuze and Chinese "Pure Literature": Literary Worlding from History to Becoming has been published with Rowman & Littlefield! It's available as a hardcover or an ebook at the link above, and of course it's in the UWM Libraries, …
  • Global Studies major Lauren Sroka receives Boren Scholarship
    Congratulations to UWM Global Studies major Lauren Sroka, who has been awarded a prestigious Boren Schlarship! The Boren Awards invest in linguistic and cultural knowledge for aspiring federal government employees, which is a perfect fit for Lauren, a Global Sustainability major …
  • Congratulations to our 2024 scholarship recipients!
    The Department of Global Studies wishes to extend our warmest congratulations to this year's scholarship winners in Comparative Literature, French, Global Studies, and Italian! Well done! Darren Jurmé Allumier: Roy Arthur Swanson Merit Scholarship in Comparative Literature Emily Barnard: Giovanni Carini …
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  • Spring 2024 Language Tables and Informal Conversation Opportunities
    UWM's language programs offer many opportunities to speak in languages other than English outside of the classroom. Explore all your Spring 2024 language table options here.

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Campus Resources

UWM offers a wide range of on-campus resources, such as academic support and mental health resources. Students also find community within our student centers.

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