Global and International Studies Program

Global and International Studies Program

Global and International Studies Program

In the first semester students are encouraged to take an approved GISP course or a language course.

Click HERE for F19 GISP courses open to freshmen.


The Global and International Studies Program (GISP) at Bard College offers a problem-based and interdisciplinary path for the study of global and international affairs at Bard College.  GISP begins from the proposition that the growing interconnectedness and complexity of global affairs is such that it cannot be studied effectively within the narrow boundaries of traditional disciplines.  Drawing on faculty strengths in anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology and area studies programs, the GISP curriculum fosters connections among different disciplinary approaches to global phenomena so to facilitate new and innovative perspectives on international affairs. 

The GISP requirements are designed to focus attention on how global forces affect and shape local conditions (and vice versa) by emphasizing the importance of language, culture and society to the study international affairs and asking all students to complete an international experience at one of Bard’s international partner institutions, the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program in New York City or other study abroad program.

The Global and International Studies Program prepares students for careers in international affairs—be it in government, nongovernmental organizations or international institutions—or for further study in various graduate programs in international affairs.


As of Fall 2015, GIS will make the transition from a concentration to a stand-alone major and students will be able to moderate into the program alone.

Currently, there are two different ways to complete a concentration in GIS:  
  • The Global and International Affairs (GIS-GIA) concentration track will be phased out during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Students interested in completing a GIS concentration in the GIA track must moderate into the concentration before the end of Spring semester 2016.  You can find the GIS-GIA concentration track requirements at
  • The Global Public Health (GIS-GPH) concentration track will not be affected by the introduction of the GISP major.  Therefore, students interested in completing a GIS concentration in the GPH track will continue to able to do so.  You can find the GIS-GPH concentration track requirements at