Global & Regional Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

The Jackson School combines the social sciences, humanities and professional fields to enhance understanding of our increasingly interconnected world. The Global and Regional Studies (formerly International Studies) program equips students with the skills (including writing and foreign languages) and the disciplinary tools needed to analyze global issues and challenges. Students can choose from a variety of thematic and regional concentrations in shaping their course of study. The program’s capstone class, Task Force, provides a bridge between academic and professional pursuits through the team-based creation of policy reports and recommendations that are evaluated by external policy experts.

Major category: Open

Minor available

Topic: Social sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline:
  • You must enroll at the UW before applying to this major. Please contact the department for additional details.
This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission. Transfer students must complete one quarter at the Seattle campus of the UW to be eligible to apply.

Admission to the major is based on UW cumulative GPA, grades in prerequisite courses and other social sciences electives, a written statement of goals, language background and any international experience. Applications are due on the third Friday of each quarter. See the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • ECON 200 SSc RSN — Intro to Microeconomics OR ECON 201 SSc RSN — Intro to Macroeconomics
  • JSIS 200 SSc — States & Capitalism 1OR JSIS 201 SSc — Making of the 21st Century


  • 1 Courses available at Bellevue, Edmonds and Shoreline Colleges
  • 30 credits in a single foreign language desirable, not required.

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 203
Total from Washington community colleges: 34

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 13
3.50 – 3.74: 5
3.25 – 3.49: 5
3.00 – 3.24: 5
2.75 – 2.99: 3
2.50 – 2.74: 2
2.49 and below: 1

Career outcomes