Global Studies Registration Guide: Fall 2023

Advising for Fall 2023 begins Monday, March 27. Registration begins on Monday, April 3 for current seniors. Check your registration times.


Please arrange to connect with your GS faculty advisor well before your assigned registration time. If for any reason you are unsure who your GS advisor is, consult GradTracker (if GS is your first major).

Your official faculty advisor must tag BannerWeb status to “Advised” before you can access registration. If you are a double major, and GS is not your first major, the advisor for your primary or first major will change your status to “Advised,” but you should still consult with your GS advisor or the coordinator. Students studying abroad should email their advisors but can also find detailed registration information on the Registrar’s Office Website: Registrar’s Office Website.

For questions about registration, transfer credits, approval of courses for the major, and so forth please talk with your advisor before reaching out to the program coordinator. 

The requirements for the major are listed on the website.


These requirements include a semester of study abroad relevant to the concentration within the major (Please consult with your GS faculty advisor before making a decision).


Majors anticipating graduation in December 2023 or May or August 2024 must plan to take the senior seminar, GS 400, a capstone research seminar for all Global Studies majors. (Prerequisite: GS 290 and senior status). For 2023/24 there is one option in each semester:

FALL 2023

GS 400 Senior Seminar: Patriotic Histories (Professor Brandenberger).
Modern states and mass movements often use history in order to mobilize social support and public opinion. “Patriotic Histories” examines the instrumental use of the past by a variety of modern political actors in countries such as China, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and the US. Seminar participants develop further case studies at the nationalist intersection of political campaigning, public education, and mass culture. 


GS 400 Senior Seminar:  (Professor Joireman).
In the 21st Century, ethnic conflicts have been a threat to peace, stability, and development around the world.  Ethnic conflict destabilizes countries and entire regions, damaging prospects for development and hindering democratic consolidation.  We will review the key debates on the concept of ethnic identity and the causes of conflict.  Then, we will discuss how countries recover from violent ethnic conflict, examining peace negotiations, transitional justice systems, disarmament and demobilization, return migration, and consociational models of minority representation.  In the last part of the course, students will prepare an individual research project on a related topic of their choosing and write a major paper.


Majors who have not yet completed the gateway courses should register for at least one of the following:

  • The required GS 290 Introduction to Global Studies
  • Either GS/GEOG 210 Geographic Dimensions of Global Development or PLSC 240 Introduction to Comparative Politics


In addition to the courses listed in the schedule under the GS heading, consult listings under Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Geography, History, Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, or other departments for courses relevant to your concentration.

A list of Fall 2023 courses offered at Richmond for each GS Concentration is posted on the GS website.

Note: GS majors are strongly advised to study in different departments and disciplines; no more than three courses in any one department can be applied toward the GS major within the concentration and at least three disciplines must be represented.


Anyone interested in doing a full-credit GS 388 Internship or GS 390 Independent Study should consult with their GS advisor and with the GS Coordinator.