Global Studies (Minor)

Are you interested in global issues? Do you hope to live or work abroad? Complement your major with the analysis of a variety of international issues, global institutions and policy problems.


The minor program in global studies offers students exposure to global processes and institutions from a transdisciplinary perspective. The program aims to provide students with an introduction to the tools and skills necessary to make connections linking theory with challenging global issues.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

The minor in global studies consists of 18 credit hours in global studies courses, 12 credit hours of which must be upper-division courses. Students who minor in global studies must complete two required courses:

SGS 101 Thinking Globally: The Individual and Authority, SB (3) or SGS 301 Principles of Global Studies (3) (but not both courses)
SGS 303 Global Trends, SB (3)

The remaining 12 credit hours must be chosen among global studies electives with an SGS prefix. Courses that count toward the minor must have a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher. A maximum of three credit hours of SGS 484 Internship or three credit hours of SGS 499 Individualized Instruction may be applied to the minor. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be taken in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in global studies

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

An ASU student who is pursuing a degree at any ASU campus may elect to add a minor offered at any other ASU campus.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.