Frequently Asked Questions

All GLBL majors are required to engage in a global experience (regular semester, academic year, UMBC-faculty-led summer or winter course, or the completion of GLBL 496: Global Experience Practicum).  We have a wonderful study abroad office at UMBC, we recommend you meet with them and attend an information session, a “Study Abroad 101” meeting as soon as possible to begin planning your time abroad.

Absolutely, as a GLBL major, you are required to complete at least two semesters of language study beyond fulfillment of the UMBC GEP requirement. Many students continue the study of a language already undertaken during high school and/or community college work for their GEP, but others take this opportunity to start something new. Once students have met the 201 language GEP, GLBL students can continue in this language for an additional two semesters, or start a new language- or two! Ultimately, you are urged to be realistic about a plan to finish this requirement. You know your capabilities in this area and so you, your advisor, and your language professor(s) here at UMBC can make the best determination about a workable path.

Since the GLBL major is built around coursework from 13 different departments/programs in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS), it is up you to carefully read the requirements for distribution of courses and to carefully choose courses each semester from the schedule of classes.  Every GLBL student will have a registration appointment so that guidance can be given in course selection.  Pre-requisites and recommended preparation should be taken seriously when choosing courses.  A discussion with the professor of the class you wish to take can lead to clarity on whether or not you are ready for it.

Internship experience is strongly recommended, but not required for GLBL majors.  Experiential learning of some kind (volunteer, internship, fellowship, etc.) prepares you for the job market and is a key component of preparation.  The UMBC Career Center and the Shriver Center here on campus are two excellent resources available to all students.


Yes, you can certainly pair a Global Studies major with another major, minor or certificate.  When deciding on this, you should keep your GLBL major requirements in mind, especially the foreign language and study abroad. It is also important to plan out how long it will take to fulfill work in multiple departments/programs when making this decision.  Be sure to secure advising help for any additional major, minor, certificate work.  The Global Studies Academic Adviser is here to help with your GLBL major.

The GLBL major for post-fall 2018 majors has a research methods course (GLBL 300) as part of the required course sequence.  This class will prepare you to conduct research within the field. Ideally, you will be able to take work done in a class setting and pursue more in depth research on the topic. Since Global Studies at UMBC is a program and not a department, we urge you to approach your seminar professors from other departments, in addition to those of us working directly with GLBL about research interests and opportunities.

Global Studies is a broad field that prepares students for work in a number of different areas, including economic development, environmental sustainability, law, policy and governance, and public history, among many others. Our alumni go on work in the public, private, and non-profit spheres.

Of course, our majors can apply to Global Studies masters and doctoral programs.  We also have a number of alumni in law school, graduate programs in Anthropology, Economics, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, Visual Arts and various other areas.  Decisions in this regard are somewhat dependent on course specialization within the major.  The tracks help define areas of interest for our majors.