General Social Sciences: Globalization, Environment, and Policy (GEP)

Globalization, Environment, and Policy focuses on broad social-political and environmental issues at the regional and global levels, as well as policy planning designed to address these issues. The Globalization concentration prepares students hoping to work in green industry, government, NGOs, and environmental organizations. Additionally, the concentration prepares students to earn graduate degrees in planning, public management, policy studies or other applied social sciences with a global emphasis.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Develop strong critical thinking skills.

  2. Create a course of study uniquely tailored to your goals and interests.

  3. Analyze qualitative and quantitative evidence.

  4. Communicate complex ideas effectively.

  5. Assess issues from a variety of perspectives and identify multifaceted solutions.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Graduate programs in Environmental studies/science

Planning, public policy, or international relations

Industry and laboratories

State and federal government agencies

Research institutes

Colleges and universities

Nonprofit organization
Alumni Jobs


Environmental Policy Analyst
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Preliminary Core: GEOG 141; GEOG 142; PS 297 (12 credits)

2nd Year
Breadth Courses (8 credits)

3rd Year
Research methods (4 credits); Specialization course (4 credits)

4th Year
Specialization courses (20 credits)

Major Credits
Required 24
Electives 24

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and analysis

Data management

Technical and professional writing

Project management

Grant writing

Analyzing and crafting public policy
Experiential learning opportunities

Prison Education Program courses

Internships via Career Center

Study Abroad
Specialized Courses

Long-Term Environmental Change [Geography]

Decolonial Feminism [WGSS]

Environmental Politics [Political Science]

Community, Environment, and Society [Sociology]

Immigration and Farmers' Political Culture [Anthropology]

Principles of Public Relations [Journalism]

Global Environmental Issues [International Studies]

American Environmental History [History]
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