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Global & Regional Studies

College of Arts & 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

Topic(s): Social sciences

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Degree requirements

Applicant type

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).

Global and Regional Studies is an open major. You may declare this major at any time after enrolling at the UW as long as you are in good academic standing. Visit the department website for more information.

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

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: Students in good academic standing may declare the major at any time, including on their application for admission to the UW.
Please contact the department for details about the application process.
See the department website for more information.

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

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 255
Total from Washington community colleges: 31

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 7
3.50 – 3.74: 6
3.25 – 3.49: 7
3.00 – 3.24: 5
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes


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