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Global and International Studies

Bard College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
New York City
Application deadline: Early Applications Due: November 1, Regular Applications Due: January 1
Global and International Studies

Program description

Global and International Studies

The Global and International Studies (GIS) Program offers a problem-based and interdisciplinary path for the study of global and international affairs. GIS begins from the proposition that the growing interconnectedness and complexity of global affairs is such that it cannot be studied within the narrow boundaries of traditional disciplines. Designed to draw attention to how global forces affect and shape local conditions (and vice versa), GIS emphasizes the importance of language, culture, and society to the study of international affairs and asks all students to complete an international experience. The GIS curriculum draws on faculty strengths in anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology, and area studies to foster connections among interdisciplinary approaches to global phenomena and facilitate new and innovative perspectives on international affairs.

Admission requirements

International Students:

Required materials:

  • Apply using the Common Application.
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
  • School Report (Form is generally completed by a high school counselor and includes a school profile.)
  • Teacher recommendations (Two are required: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor and one from a math or science instructor.)
  • TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test. All international applicants who speak a foreign language other than English as their primary language must submit a completed TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test.
  • Students who attend High Schools with full English instruction may request to be considered for a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver, Subject: International Applicant - TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver

Optional materials:

  • In addition to the TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo requirement, we recommend participating in the optional English Proficiency supplements with one of our two service partners: IntialView or Vericant.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Areas of Study

The Global and International Studies Program is organized into three thematic subfields: transnationalism; global economics; and international relations. Students choose one of these subfields as the primary focus of their major, and take at least one course in the remaining two fields. In addition, students complete course work that focuses on the history, politics, and/or culture and society of a particular geographic area.


Students majoring in Global and International Studies are required to complete a total of 10 GIS or GIS cross-listed courses and two semesters of the Senior Project; obtain competency in a foreign language; and study abroad or at the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in Manhattan. Two of the courses, excluding the research design/methodology course, must be at the 300 level. A single course may not fulfill more than one requirement.

Prior to or concurrent with Moderation, a student must have taken at least four GIS courses, including one core course; identified their primary thematic field; and made progress toward the language requirement. To moderate into GIS, students are required to submit a one-page plan of study to the program directors and Moderation board that demonstrates a coherent vision of their academic interests within Global and International Studies, and how they relate to their Senior Project. The plan should address how the study of different disciplines would benefit the student’s research interests and Senior Project.

The two-semester Senior Project must address a global and international problem or question and incorporate the interdisciplinary lessons and approaches students have learned in their GIS course work. An example of a recent Senior Project topic in Global and International Studies is “The Origins of the Chinese Communist Party’s Early Marriage Laws.”

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

First-Year Students

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $225

Returning Resident

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

Returning Off-Campus

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $0
  • Campus facilities fee: $352
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

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Bard College

Bard is a liberal arts college of 1900 undergraduates. Our largest campus is located 90 miles north of New York City and situated on the Hudson River near the Catskill Mountains. Bard also has a growing network of campuses and...

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30 Campus Road
12504 Annandale-on-Hudson New York
United States of America

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