Preview: Announcing the Global Studies Honors Program for 2024-2025

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Undergrad Advising Global Studies

Jun 6, 2024, 2:19:59 PMJun 6
to, Global Pre-Majors,

Hi Global majors,

The Department of Global Studies is thrilled to announce the creation of a departmental Honors Program for the 2024-25 academic year!

More information will be forthcoming the week after spring quarter grades are released, but please read on for some early information about this exciting new opportunity.

What’s an honors program and why might you be interested?

The aim of an honors program is to enrich the educational experience of our undergraduate students. The Global Studies Honors Program is designed for exceptionally motivated students who desire research opportunities to deepen their engagement with major coursework. The Global Studies Honors Program provides students in the major the unique opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on an independent and original research project for a full academic year. Students who enroll in, and successfully complete, an Honors Program are awarded “Distinction in the Major.” Students will also present their work in an annual-end-of-year Undergraduate Spring Colloquium. 

Please note: this program is for Global Studies and separate from the College of Letters & Science Honors Program.

Who is eligible to join the Global Studies Honors Program?

Honors Program admission is highly selective. Students with a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Global Studies major are eligible to apply.  Eligible students must have completed at least two upper division core courses (Global  110/120/130/140) and at least one additional upper division Global Studies course by  the end of the spring quarter of their junior year. Note: Students must also maintain a 3.5 GPA during their senior year.

Eligible students will receive an invitation from the Honors Program Director encouraging them to apply shortly after the spring quarter of their junior year.  

What do I do now in order to get ready to apply?

If you meet the GPA criteria after spring quarter grades are finalized, you will receive an invitation to apply via your UCSB email a few days after spring grades are released.

For now, if you are interested, you should begin gathering the following pieces to prepare your application:
  • 2 page statement of purpose describing your research interests and motivations for joining the departmental Honors program
  • a writing sample (no more than 10 double-spaced pages)
  • a resume
We look forward to sharing more information with you about this exciting new opportunity in the coming weeks - watch your UCSB email for more updates after finals week!

Global Studies Undergraduate Advising Team
Meghan Zero + Taylor Ross + Undergraduate Peer Advisors
Email:|Appointment info here  

UC Santa Barbara
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