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What will I learn?

The Global Studies major is a designated capstone major. As students progress through the major, they move from a set of broad themes, theories, and perspectives to a more specialized focus about which they develop a specific research expertise and write a thesis. In completing the capstone, students should demonstrate an appropriate mastery of a specialized area of global studies and a critical understanding of current scholarly concerns, literatures, and debates. They should also be able to identify and analyze primary sources and use those sources and appropriate scholarly literature to design and carry out a research project.

Learning Outcomes

The Global Studies major has the following learning outcomes:

Critical thinking about basic political processes, institutions, and concepts as they operate in different national and cultural contexts

Impartial evaluation of arguments

Application of mathematical and logical reasoning to political processes

Use and evaluation of statistical and other types of evidence in arguments

Recognition of limits of quantitative and non-quantitative analysis

Knowledge of diverse theories of politics acquired through critical engagement with texts, media, and contexts

Location, evaluation, and use of information and scholarship to place political events in broader historical, cross-national, and theoretical contexts

Employment of cultural, hermeneutical, normative, and historical approaches

Written and oral arguments using appropriate evidence, with sensitivity to opposing perspectives, about significant political processes, events, and concepts

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,754.00 per year
Given fee is for nonresident supplemental tuition; University Fees: USD $13,239
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 550 in paper based TOEFL. Students who have attended school under the British system must present five GCSE/Ordinary-Level examinations and at least three Advanced-Level examinations with superior grades.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCLA, international students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables the student to be admitted to a university in the home country.

English language proficiency is critical to your success at UCLA. Applicants, whose first language, or language of instruction for at least the last three years, is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A competitive score is above 100 (with sub-scores above 22)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A competitive score is 7 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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