Global Studies majors are strongly urged to gain experiential knowledge of the countries or thematic concerns they are studying through participation in an approved Study Abroad program appropriate to their concentration. Every effort will be made by the curriculum to fully integrate study abroad courses into the major. Students should seek guidance from the Study Abroad office as well as major and college advisers in planning their study abroad program. Once they have done this, they must receive course approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the major prior to departure for a program abroad. Students should not assume that they will receive any major credit unless programs are pre-approved. Approval is made either with a letter from the Director of Undergraduate Studies or on a “Departmental Approval” form provided by the Study Abroad office. Contact Dr. Jonathan Weiler, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at 962-0491 for more information. When submitting a credit request via e-mail, be sure to follow these guidelines.
Students may receive credit for up to three courses toward the major from any one UNC-approved semester abroad program. This includes UNC programs abroad sponsored by various academic units, such as Honors, and administered by the Study Abroad office. Courses taken abroad can only be used in the theme/area concentration portion of the major. Students may not receive credit for core courses while abroad. With the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, a student who completes more than one semester abroad may receive credit for up to four courses toward the major in one academic year, or a maximum of five courses toward the major if studying abroad more than one academic year. All requirements that apply to courses taken in residence at UNC also apply to study abroad courses.
Important note on writing an honors thesis: In order to graduate with honors in Global Studies, students must complete all requirements associated with the thesis. This includes completing both semesters of the honors thesis writing seminar – 691H, which students take in the Spring of their Junior year; and 692H, which students take in the Fall of their senior year. Students who wish to study abroad and write an honors thesis need to plan accordingly. In some cases, students will be able to study abroad during Fall of their senior year and also complete the requirements for the honors thesis in Global Studies. Students who plan to study abroad and write an honors thesis must have the plan approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and their faculty thesis advisor.
Please also remember, UNC categorizes the risk level of traveling to foreign countries based on U.S. Department of State and/or Centers for Disease Control travel notices. According to those notices and UNC’s subsequent categorization of a country’s risk level, certain conditions or restrictions on university-related travel may apply. For detailed information on UNC’s categorization of risk level and applicable conditions and restrictions, please refer to the University Policy Concerning Study, Travel, and Research in Countries Under U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices, which you can find here.