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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.84k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 18k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    Student Learning Outcomes

    By embracing two broad themes - intercultural competence and authentic global citizenship- the Global Studies major will:
    • prepare students through the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities with knowledge and a broad understanding of global society and the societies of diverse foreign countries and cultures;
    • enable students to apply analytical and philosophical tools for interpretation of and critical thinking about global issues and data;
    • prepare students for employment in many fields including government, non-governmental organizations, business with international marketing, journalism and other fields that require professionals with interdisciplinary education, global literacy, and cross-cultural competencies;
    • provide the training, tools, and experiences for global studies majors to become authentic global citizens; and
    • utilize the international resources of SDSU to benefit the citizens of South Dakota, the United States, and the world

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
    • USD 7836 Year (National)
    • USD 18044 Year (International)
    Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120 credits
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Major Requirements: 43
    Major Core: 18
    • World Civilizations
    • Global Studies
    • Current World Problems
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • World Religions
    • World Regional Geography
    Modern Languages Requirement:
    • Option 1 - 7 Credits in one language above the 202 level
    • Option 2 - Qualified Waiver
    • Option 3 - Two Languages
    World Economics/Geography
    • Global Food Systems
    • Comparative Economic Systems
    • Economics of International Sector
    • Economic Development
    • Regional Geography
    • Geography of Religion
    • Cultural Geography
    • Environmental Geography
    • Population Geography
    • Geography of the Future
    • Political Geography
    • Geopolitics
    • Geography of Terrorism
    • Introduction to Leadership and Management of Non-Governmental Organizations
    World History/Politics
    • History of Modern Asia
    • History of the Middle East
    • History of Religious Thought
    • World History since 1945
    • History of Latin America
    • Contemporary Europe
    • Cold War Europe
    • Topics—Turkey: East meets West
    • Political Ideologies
    • European Democratic Government
    • Latin American Politics
    • International Relations
    • European Union
    • International Law and Organization
    • Modern Political Philosophy
    World Cultures/Societies
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • History of World
    • Modern Art and Architecture Survey
    • World Literature
    • Literature of Diverse Cultures
    • Capstone Course in Peace and Conflict Studies
    • Topics in European Cultures
    • Societies in European Cultures
    • Topics in Francophone Cultures
    • French Civilization
    • Race, Revolution, and Slavery: Perspectives on Haiti
    • Deutschland Heute
    • German Civilization I
    • Futuristic Communications
    • Ethics of Globalization
    • Model UN Credits
    • Canadian Values, Institutions, and Human Rights
    • Race, Revolution, and Slavery: Perspectives on Haiti
    • Latin American Cultures
    • Latin American Societies
    • Modern Political Philosophy
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Geography of Religion
    • Race and Ethnic Relations
    • Spanish Culture and Civilization
    • Latin American Culture & Civilization
    • 19th and 20th Century Spain
    • 20th Century Latin America
    • Visions of the United States from the Hispanic World
    Cross Cultural Experiences:
    Students may use a variety of travel experience courses in the catalog to fulfill this requirement for a cross-cultural experience outside of the United States that includes at least three credits of academic coursework and lasts at least 4 weeks.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

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      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than South Dakota State University.


    SDSU offers a variety of academic scholarships. Awards are based on academic achievement, activities participation and leadership.


    South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:

    • Dedicated faculty and staff
    • Quality new facilities
    • Excellent student leadership
    • Shared governance
    • Partnerships with local community
    • Robust and Integrated assessment program
    • Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics

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