Bachelor of Global Studies

The Bachelor of Global Studies is designed for those who aspire to be leaders in making social change, this course enables students to find creative ways to tackle challenges facing cultures and communities throughout the world.

Innovative new course


Leadership for social change

At its core, the course teaches ‘Leadership for Social Change’. You will hear from a range experts from diverse contexts and disciplines, and also from those in industry and in the field, as you build a picture of their first hand knowledge and insights.

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Creative teaching and learning

Through its innovative structure and teaching methods, a Bachelor of Global Studies will give you the skills and contacts to find your own creative ways to tackle the challenges cultures and communities are facing throughout the world.

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How is the course structured?

There are core units focusing on leadership development, a broad range of multidisciplinary electives, an overseas study component, a choice of three specialisations and the option of taking as part of a double degree course.

The Bachelor of Global Studies is an interdisciplinary degree offering a choice of numerous electives. Choose from a wide range of electives to further tailor the degree to your interests, for example: history, communications, politics, sociology, human rights, criminology, languages or anthropology.

Watch the video to see how the course is structured, and how to get the most out of your options.





International Studies

International studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the lived experience of people in a variety of social and cultural settings.

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International Relations

International Relations examines the dynamics of global politics and economics, including the relationships between political institutions, international organisations, governmental and non-governmental actors.

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Global Cultural Literacies

Global Cultural Literacies is an interdisciplinary field that fosters awareness of language as a critical site of cultural interaction and negotiation, conflict and cooperation.

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Our Teachers


Dr Sarah McDonald

Dr Sarah McDonald is the Director of Global Studies, and Deputy Associate Dean (Education) for the Arts Faculty. Her discipline area is Latin American Studies, and her other areas of interest include gender representation and identity.


Associate Professor Susanna Scarparo

Associate Professor Susanna Scarparo is the Associate Dean (Education) for the Arts Faculty. She teaches undergraduate units in Italian cinema, contemporary Italian language and culture, and literary studies, and has pioneered initiatives that are in-line with University learning and teaching objectives.


Rebecca Wheatley

Rebecca Wheatley is a lecturer at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. Her previous teaching responsibilities include Australian Idol, Out of Empire and Democracy and Nation.

Course Advisory Board

Monash Bachelor of Global Studies is committed to working with industry, business, government, and the community sector to develop innovative solutions to global challenges.

Our Advisory Board members are actively involved in providing the BGS academic team with direct links into business, government and the social sector.

Our Board members are on hand at Bachelor of Global Studies events such as the Welcome Lecture, Open Day, and other special occasions, giving students and their parents the opportunity to ask questions and be inspired by the possibilities ahead.

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International relevance and practical experience


Career outcomes

The Bachelor of Global Studies course will equip you with sharp analytical skills and flexible, imaginative and well-informed approaches to the complexities underlying global challenges.

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Double degrees

Broaden your education and your career options with a double degree course. The Bachelor of Global Studies can be taken as a double degree course with the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), and Bachelor of Science.

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Studying overseas

At Monash, we believe there is no better way to learn about a country than to experience the culture and lifestyle. From second year, students can study overseas.

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Students in Italy

Global Scholars Program: helping you get there

The Global Scholars Program is an opportunity for you to get some financial support for the international travel aspect of the Bachelor of Global Studies degree.

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Course Information

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Click here for fees, entry requirements and intake information for domestic and international students.

Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

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An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.