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Global Concentrations

Study Abroad alumni

Academic departments are encouraged to propose a global concentration option, allowing students to showcase global competency within the major. Adopting a Global Concentration option provides a flexible framework that would not compromise students' time to degree but rather capitalize on their study abroad experiences, language skills, and UCSD global content courses. 

What is a Global Concentration?

Recently endorsed by the Academic Senate Undergraduate Council, a Global Concentration for undergraduate majors at UC San Diego seeks to create "an organic, flexible framework for academic integration and global education in disciplines, increase faculty/department engagement with international education, and expand student participation in education abroad programs."

The Committee on International Education encourages UC San Diego departments to create a transcripted 'Global Concentration' for any major within a department. Departments might selectively identify some but not all majors in the department for the Global Concentration option.

The criteria for successfully completing a Global Concentration is as follows:

  • A minimum of eight units earned through study abroad, of which a minimum of four units would count toward the major
    • This can include study, research, and internship experiences provided they are transcripted.
  • Demonstration of proficiency in a second language through the fourth quarter of university-level instruction)
    • This is the standard set by the two colleges at UC San Diego which require second language proficiency. Students who are bilingual and bi-literate, or have been taught extensively in another language, could satisfy the requirement by providing appropriate documentation.
  • A minimum of two courses with department- or program-identified global content (courses which focus on non-US cultures, countries, or policies.
    • This could be satisfied by courses designed for the discipline and offered by the department, or from a list of courses approved by the department and offered outside the department, including on study abroad programs. *There may be overlap between these classes and the course credits mentioned under the first criteria above!


Departments Currently Offering Global Concentrations


Learn more about adding a Global Concentration to the Anthropology major.

Anthropology Global Concentration


Learn more about adding a Global Concentration to the Communication major.

Comm Global Concentration


Learn more about adding a Global Concentration to the History major.

History Global Concentration


Learn more about adding a Global Concentration to the Linguistics major.

Ling Global Concentration

Political Science

Learn more about adding a Global Concentration to the Political Science major.

PoliSci Global Concentration

Learn More About Global Concentrations

"Global Concentrations in Majors: A Framework"

Contact Jay Minert, Director of Outreach and Academic Engagement for Study Abroad, UC San Diego (, for more information about how Study Abroad Programs can fit into your department's proposed Global Concentrations framework.