Ph.D. Emphasis

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphasis In Global Studies

Global and International Studies Program hosts an interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphasis with a consortium of participating departments.  The Global Emphasis allows students to design a course of study focused on international and transnational issues, processes, and flows.  Ph.D. Emphasis students receive guidance and mentoring from the Global Studies faculty as they prepare their dissertations, and the Global Emphasis is recognized when they are awarded the doctorate. The Ph.D. Emphasis is managed by a director, Jan Nederveen Pieterse, and a coordinating committee comprised of directors from other participating departments. Please email Dr. Nederveen Pieterse in Global Studies or Jessea Marie (graduate advisor) with any questions.


Doctoral students must be enrolled and in good standing in one of the following departments:

Course Requirements

The Emphasis requires four components: a gateway, two qualifying courses, and a capstone. The foundation course that reviews the perspectives, methodology, core works and essential issues of the field, Global Studies 201, is currently offered Winter Quarter each year. Two qualifying courses, one in the home department and one from a different department, should be selected from the attached Course list (this list is a partial list--other courses may qualify).

Committee Requirements

When the student constitutes a dissertation committee, at least one member of the committee should be a Global Studies faculty member, faculty affiliate, or member of the Global Ph.D. Emphasis Coordinating Committee. During the academic year the student completes the dissertation, s/he participates in a Global Emphasis capstone pro-seminar or colloquium convened by the Global Studies Ph.D. Director.


To declare your intention to pursue the Emphasis, please register with the Global Studies Graduate Program Advisor, Jessea Marie (, download the Graduate Studies petition, and follow the Instructions link.