Global Studies

Bachelor of Arts

In today’s globalized world, the pursuit of economic prosperity, human rights and environmental sustainability are tightly interwoven. Global Studies examines the importance of international relations regarding business, health, politics and law and prepares you for a meaningful international career.

Program Overview

Use the world as your classroom.

The Global Studies emphasis allows you to understand societies beyond our borders, find solutions to global problems and become inspired to make a difference in the world. The diverse program curriculum will develop your engagement with—and knowledge of—foreign policy, human rights, social movements, political economy, world politics and international organizations.

To put your knowledge to practice, you can take advantage of the unique opportunity to compete in the National Model United Nations event in New York City or intern with political candidates, elected officials and nonprofit organizations. Whether you want to become a journalist, public policy analyst, or human rights attorney, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on a career path with a purpose.

Global perspective

Global Studies students gain a new perspective on the world, analyzing foreign policy, human rights, social movements, economies, governments and international organizations.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 54 credits is required including the following: 

POLS 117Introduction to Political Ideas (GT-SS1)3
POLS 180Introduction to American Politics (GT-SS1)3
POLS 255Introduction to Comparative Politics (GT-SS1)3
POLS 260Introduction to World Politics (GT-SS1)3
POLS 309Political Theory I- Ancient to Early Modern3
POLS 310Political Theory II-Modern and Contemporary3
Select six of the following:18
POLS 250
Politics of the Environment
POLS 340
Politics of Social Movements
POLS 350
Human Rights
POLS 355
The Global South
POLS 360
American Foreign Policy
POLS 370
Political Economy
POLS 380
The United Nations
POLS 499
Internship in Politics and Government
Select two of the following:6
ECON 201
Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)
ECON 202
ECON 303
International Economics and Globalization
Select two of the following:6
HIST 254
A History of Africa (GT-HI1)
HIST 260
Latin American History (GT-HI1)
Or another 300 or 400-level History course on an international thematic
Select one of the following:3
GEOG 110
World Regional Geography (GT-SS2)
GEOG 120
Introduction to Human Geography (GT-SS2)
GEOG 351
Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean
Select one of the following capstone courses:3
POLS 485
Studies in Political Theory:
POLS 486
Studies in American Politics:
POLS 487
Studies in International Relations:
POLS 488
Studies in Comparative Politics:
Total Credits54
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas (GT-SS1) 3
POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics (GT-SS1) 3
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 6
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
POLS 260 Introduction to World Politics (GT-SS1) 3
ECON Global Studies ECON Elective (1 of 2) 3
POLS Global Studies POLS Elective (1 of 5) 3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 6
Year Two
POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics (GT-SS1) 3
GEOG GEOG Elective (1 of 1) 3
HIST Global Studies HIST Elective (1 of 2) 3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 6
POLS Global Studies POLS Elective (2 of 5) 3
ECON Global Studies ECON Elective (2 of 2) 3
HIST Global Studies HIST Elective (2 of 2) 3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 6
Year Three
HIST Global Studies HIST Elective (2 of 2) 3
POLS 309 Political Theory I- Ancient to Early Modern 3
POLS Global Studies POLS Elective (3 of 5) 3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 3
Elective Electives 3
POLS 310 Political Theory II-Modern and Contemporary 3
POLS Global Studies POLS Elective (4 of 5) (CAN be Model UN) 3
Gen Ed General Education Courses 3
Elective Electives 6
Year Four
POLS Global Studies POLS Elective (5 of 5) 3
Elective Electives 12
POLS POLS Capstone 3
Elective Electives 12
 Total Credits121


Global Studies

Hannah White


“Being so involved in so many different things you get to know all kinds of people. You get to make connections with people that just aren’t at Western.”

Global Studies

Chris Werre


"I believe that society and cultures are connected to nature and when that connection is severed for any reason then displacement, marginalization and impoverishment can occur."


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

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Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.


The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Take your education beyond the classroom.

Get the hands-on learning experience you need to apply your knowledge and launch your career.

  • Events: Global Justice Film Series, visiting speakers, political debates and voter registration.
  • Internships: Students intern with political candidates, elected officials, nonprofit organizations and legal professionals.
  • Mock Trial: Introduces students to real criminal or civil cases to prepare for trial after graduation.
  • Model United Nations: Competes in the National Model United Nations event in New York City.
  • Politics Clubs: A student-led club that tackles political topics, provides professional development opportunities and works to bring dynamic debate to campus.

A global network

Global Studies students have the opportunity to participate in Western’s Model United Nations team that travels to the National Model United Nations conference.

Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Administrative Assistant

Deanna Banker, B.S.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231