Ph.D. Emphasis

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphasis In Global Studies

The Department of Global Studies 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 may receive guidance and mentoring from the Global Studies faculty as they prepare their dissertations, and the Global Emphasis is recognized within the student's transcripts when they are awarded the doctorate. The Ph.D. Emphasis is managed by the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Javiera Barandiaran, and an emphasis coordinating committee comprised of directors from other participating departments. Please email Dr. Barandiaran in Global Studies or the Staff Graduate Advisor ( with any questions. 


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

Course Requirements

The Global Emphasis requires five components: a gateway, three qualifying courses, and a capstone paper. The gateway seminar, GLOBL 201, reviews the perspectives, methodology, core works and essential issues of the field, and is currently offered winter quarter each year. Students take three qualifying courses: one in the student's home department, one in the Department of Global Studies, and one from a different participating department 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 completes a Global Emphasis capstone paper in consultation with the Global Studies Emphasis Director. The capstone paper is an original paper with a 4,000 word minimum that relates the student's research to globalization.


To declare your intention to pursue the Emphasis, please register with the Global Studies Graduate Program Advisor and download the Change of Degree Status Petition and follow the Instructions link.