Carleton’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) program takes advantage of Carleton’s strengths and location to provide an undergraduate education in global and international issues that can give you an advantage in today’s job market. The program has four interconnected components. The core course sequence provides all students with a common multidisciplinary foundation in global and international studies.

The 13 specializations cover specific international and global themes or geographical areas, giving you the opportunity to focus your studies according to your interests. A second-language requirement and an international experience requirement are included so that you can graduate not only with new knowledge and skills, but also a transformed worldview.

Core courses

All BGInS students are required to take the core course sequence, which provides them with a strong multidisciplinary foundation in global and international studies:


  • Global History
  • International Law and Politics
  • Ethnography, Globalization and Culture


  • Ethics and Globalization
  • Globalization and International
  • Economic Issues
  • Global Literatures


  • Global and International Theory
  • Places, Boundaries, Movements, and Global Environmental Change


  • Honours Seminar in Global and International Studies