The Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) is jointly offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Public Affairs. It is intended for students who want to learn more about, and engage constructively with, the world in which we live.  It is expected that it will allow students to pursue a wide range of career options related to global and international studies, including graduate school in a number of different disciplinary areas.  It is both multidisciplinary, in that it introduces students to the many different disciplinary perspectives on global and international studies, and interdisciplinary, in that it places these disciplinary perspectives in critical dialogue with each other.

Four Interconnected Components

  1. Chose a specialization
  2. Travel abroad
  3. Choose a foreign language
  4. Complete the core courses

Patrick Hancock

International School of Hyderabad, India

Haley Temple-Donovan

CRCC Asia, China

Tayler Hernandez

Sawa World, Uganda

Holly Angus

Lantana Animal Welfare, Thailand

International Placement

Students talk about their placement experiences in several countries.

The BGInS program is the first in Canada to emphasize both global and international approaches to the study of the world. It places these two viewpoints in creative tension with each other, allowing students to acquire a nuanced understanding of the world in which we live.

Specialization and Streams

Specializations allow students to acquire deeper knowledge in one area of global and international studies which interests them. Choose from 13 specializations that cover specific international and global themes or geographical areas, giving you the opportunity to focus your studies according to your interests. You’ll have access to 120 faculty members from 19 academic units.


Foreign Language

A basic requirement for engaging with the world is the ability to speak in more than one language. The BGInS program expects students to pass a second-language requirement. Students should achieve at least an  intermediate level of competence, such that they will be able to have meaningful social and cultural interaction in a modern language other than English.  Cultural differences and realities are deeply embedded in the structures and signifying practices of languages; learning a second language will therefore serve to strengthen the cultural competences of BGInS graduates.


International Experience

It is one thing to study a part of the world, and another to live there. For this reason, the BGInS program features an international experience requirement as an integral part of the program.

Chose from six international experience options:

  1. International exchange
  2. International placement
  3. Experiential learning abroad
  4. Carleton course taught abroad
  5. Global and international group project
  6. Study abroad in a foreign university