Global Studies

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN530
CAO Points Range 2020: 326-340
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 250

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

In order to study French, we strongly recommend that you have a H4 or higher at Leaving Certificate level.

Graduate Entry Route: See

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Why is this course for me?

Global Studies examines major issues shaping the world, including: the environment, imperialism, capitalism and public health, through history, film, drama, culture and language modules. Explore a new language: Arabic, Chinese, French*, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or Swahili, and will spend at least one semester studying abroad.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

  • Business Consultancy
  • Journalism
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Marketing
  • NGOs
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations
  • Radio/TV Producer
  • Translating/Interpreting

What Will I Study

First Year

  • Approaches to Global Studies 1
  • Radicals and Revolutionaries
  • US History, 1776-1991
  • Reading World Literatures
  • Media and Globalisation
  • Hispanic Cultures and Societies
  • Language modules

Second Year

  • Approaches to Global Studies 2
  • The Making of the Modern Middle East
  • Modern Migration
  • Modern American Literature
  • Global Bollywood
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language modules

Third and Fourth Year

  • Genocide and Mass Violence
  • Slavery and the New World
  • US Pivots to Asia, 1890s-1950s
  • Global Eco Literature
  • Global Science Fiction
  • Global Development Goals
  • Language modules
  • Internship

International Study Opportunities

Students will spend part of their third year abroad with opportunities available in universities across Europe and worldwide.


Studying Global History at UCD has empowered me to understand history beyond its local context. By studying a range of non-Western historical actors and historians, I have been able to critically engage with history in a way that challenges Eurocentric methodologies.

Ronan Hennigan, Student

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