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Global Studies (BA), 4-Year

International students on the D'Youville campus

As a Global Studies major, you'll develop the knowledge and interdisciplinary perspective needed to research, analyze and interpret a variety of global trends.

Overview & Distinctions


Economic, political, and environmental issues are becoming increasingly globalized. D'Youville College's Global Studies program will prepare you to understand the complex relationship between nations through economic, linguistic and political principles.

As a Global Studies major, you'll develop the knowledge and interdisciplinary perspective needed to research, analyze and interpret a variety of global trends including:

  • Human rights
  • Emerging economies
  • Social change
  • Energy consumption
  • Food shortage
  • Industrial growth

Upon graduation, you'll be prepared you for a wide variety of careers, including international business, Foreign Service and public administration.


The Global Studies major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Choose your concentration in a world region:

  • Europe
  • The Americas
  • The Non-Western World


  • Get individualized attention in small classes taught by accomplished faculty scholars, not teaching assistants.
  • Build your resume with a professional internship, while gaining perspective on a future career.
  • Deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • Strong interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent basis for graduate study or law school. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.
  • D'Youville College's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.


When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  


Transfer 3.0 $4,000  


Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.


First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.



In the specific area of concentration

Course Number Course Name Credits
GLS 101 Global Culture I 3
GLS 102 Global Culture II 3
GLS 444 Internship (minimum) 3
Subtotal 9

Regional Concentration (students choose one)

Minimum 12 hours in one area, with no more than 9 hours in any one discipline.


Course Number Course Name
ENG 300 Women Writers
ENG 301 Romanticism
ENG 308 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
ENG 309 17th Century Literature
ENG 310 18th Century Literature
ENG 318 Modern Continental Literature
ENG 344 Comparative Literature
FA 327 History of Modern Art
HIS 111 Western Civilization
HIS 329 Modern Europe
HIS 343 Russia
PHI 280 Western Ancient Philosophy
PHI 305 Modern Philosophy
PHI 404 Contemporary Thought
RS 209 Modern Western Religions
SOC 211 The Changing Social World

The Americas

Course Number Course Name
ENG 218 Minority Voices
ENG 323 Latin American Literature in translation
ENG 344 Comparative Literature
ENG 342 Magical Realism
ENG 343 Caribbean Literature in Translation
ENG 409 Native American Literature
HIS 231 Puerto Rico
HIS 341 Canada
HIS 313 Latin American History
SOC 211 The Changing Social World

The Non-Western World

Course Number Course Name
ENG 344 Comparative Literature
HIS 103 Comparing World Civilizations
HIS 309 The Far East
HIS 350 Islam and Africa
HIS/SOC 420 The Vietnam War
PHI 308 Eastern Religions
SOC 211 The Changing Social World

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (other areas required for the major)

Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 215 Environmental Science 3
BIO 215L Environmental Science Lab 1
ENG 215 World Literature I 3
ENG 216 World Literature II 3
HIS 211 Contemporary Foreign Policy 3
PHI 306 Social and Political Philosophy 3
PSC 250 International Relations 3
SOC 203 Social Theory 3
FL 1XX Language (4 semesters) 12
GLS 344 Study Abroad 12



Requirement Credits
Major 55
Core requirements and electives 65
Total 120

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