Sample second year course selections for each of the 17 BGInS Specializations are provided in the links at the bottom of this page. 

In the second year of the BGInS degree, students will normally take 5.0 credits of courses, including 1.5 credits GINS core courses, up to 2.5 credits Specialization courses, up to 1.0 credit language courses, and the remainder elective courses.  Details are below:

  1. Core Courses: All BGInS students must take the three 0.5 credit second year core courses.  Consult the Core Courses page for a listing of all BGInS core courses across the four years of the program, including course descriptions.  The three second year courses are:
  2. Specialization Courses: BGInS students should take the second year course or courses in their Specialization.   Depending on the Specialization, this could mean 1.0 to 2.5 credits.  There is more choice at the second year level, so frequently second year course selection in the Specialization involves selecting from a list of courses in a certain thematic area.  Consult the Specializations and Streams page for the full course listings for each Specialization.  Consult the academic unit offering the Specialization for detailed academic advising on specific courses.
  3. Language Courses: BGInS students who do not expect to be exempted from taking language courses should take an additional 1.0 credit in language courses in their second year.  Normally, successful completion of these courses will mean successful completion of the BGInS language requirement.  Consult the Language Requirement page for complete details on the BGInS language requirement.
  4. Elective Courses: The remainder of the 5.0 credits second year program can be chosen from among elective courses of students’ choice.

Sample second year course selections by BGInS Specialization are below.  Please note, these are suggested course selections for typical students.  Your individual situation may vary, so please consult the BGInS office or the unit offering your Specialization if you have questions about your specific course selection.

a) Thematic Specializations
French and Francophone Studies (new 2018/19)
Global and Transnational History
Global Development
Global Genders and Sexualities (new 2018/19)
Global Inequalities and Social Change
Global Law and Social Justice
Global Literatures
Global Media and Communication
Global Politics
Globalization and the Environment
Globalization, Culture and Power
International Economic Policy
Migration and Diaspora Studies
Teaching English in Global Contexts (new 2018/19)

b) Regional Specializations
Africa and Globalization
Europe and Russia in the World
Latin American and Caribbean Studies