Overview

Why study global and international studies?

Because global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring around the world.

Why study European studies?

European Studies, through interdisciplinary study, broadens, deepens, and strengthens a student’s knowledge and understanding of the enduring importance of our transatlantic partners, the Europeans.

Undergraduate Programs

Global and international studies at KU offers an interdisciplinary program in which faculty and students think critically about some of the most fundamental issues facing societies today: population growth, politics and governance, migration, the global economy, poverty and inequality, religion, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, peace and conflict, and climate change. Through an investigation of these topics, global and international studies majors acquire an enriched understanding of the world today, which is not only a desirable end in itself but also a useful background for professionals whose careers may involve them in different geographical and cultural areas. A major in global and international studies is helpful for careers in journalism, foreign service, business and industry, education, law, politics and government, and social service agencies.

The degree in European Studies is available only as a co-major in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree major in another academic discipline. Students take advantage of this option by combining the co-major with modern European languages & literatures, Business, History, Philosophy, and Global & International Studies.

The co-major also can be combined with a bachelor’s degree in a professional school, such as business or journalism. The European Studies co-major provides students with a solid foundation in the cultures, politics, languages, and history of Europe in preparation for graduate studies and/or careers in a wide variety of international fields. Studying with KU faculty in the broader disciplines such as social sciences, humanities, the arts, and business, will enable students to increase their awareness and understanding of Europe’s past, present, and future and its significant role in our increasingly globalized world. The program offers personalized advising, interdisciplinary flexibility, diverse course offerings, opportunities to conduct research, frequent co-curricular activities, and many options for studying and completing internships abroad.

Why study global and international studies?

Because global and international studies will give you the tools to understand the rapid and profound changes that are occurring around the world.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts in International Studies provides an analytically sophisticated understanding of the contemporary global arena. Students pursue interests in global politics, society, and culture across a broad range of courses in the humanities and social sciences. Students develop a specialization in a world region and a topic that transcends national borders. The degree offers students the skills and knowledge to operate in a world where traditional boundaries are disappearing.

Campuses

The program is based at the KU Edwards Campus. Students complete courses on the Edwards Campus and in Lawrence.

KU Edwards Campus

KU offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs on the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The Edwards Campus offers late-afternoon and evening classes, catering to working professionals. For more information, call the Edwards Campus at 864-8400 from Lawrence or 913-897-8400 from other locations.

Contact Info

Center for Global and International Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
785-864-1120
CGIS site
John J. Kennedy, Director
785-864-9037
kennedy1@ku.edu

Center for Global and International Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
785-864-1120
CGIS site
Laura Leonard, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-3500
laleonar@ku.edu

Center for Global and International Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-3129
785-864-1120
CGIS site
Lesley Owens, Graduate Advisor (Edwards Campus)
913-897-8510
Why KU
  • One of 34 public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 2nd in the nation for prestigious faculty Fulbright awards
  • 26 Rhodes scholars
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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