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The Third World Studies Program's policy on letter grades has been amended for Spring 2020. Courses taken P/NP in Spring 2020 may be counted toward requirements for the major.

Major in Third World Studies

Students interested in Third World Studies may focus on a theme, problem, or geo-historical area. A Third World Studies program of study must be interdisciplinary. For background information, read the Third World Studies learning outcomes (PDF)

Requirements

  • 3 lower-division courses from the Third World Studies sequence (TWS 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, or 26).
    • Eleanor Roosevelt College students may substitute up to 2 courses, Making of the Modern World (MMW) 13 and 14, for 2 of the 3-course lower-division sequence, but must take at least 1 course in the TWS 21-26 sequence.
  • 12 upper-division courses.
  • Students must choose course offerings from at least 3 disciplines.

Download a TWS MAJOR checklist (PDF)

The chart below also outlines the requirements. 

Lower Division

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TWS / MMW* xxx
TWS / MMW* xxx

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Double Major

Students interested in Third World Studies as a double major must have at least 10 upper-division courses that are unique to each departmental major. The courses required for Third World Studies may cover one or more disciplines. Courses may focus on a theme or problem or on a geo-historical area. The remaining 2 courses may overlap with the other major requirements. Approval from both departments is required for overlaps. Students should consult a Third World Studies faculty member or program advisor for approval of a major program.

Study Abroad

Students majoring and minoring in Third World Studies are encouraged to experience their areas first-hand by studying abroad in any number of ways. Most convenient, depending on the area, is the University of California's Education Abroad Program, whereby students can gain UC credit for study at foreign universities. This is especially convenient for students who cannot find sufficient courses at UC San Diego pertaining to such regions as the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent. Moreover, Latin America, Asia, and Africa coursework is available in these regions through the Education Abroad Program and various programs available through other U.S. universities.

Interested in Studying Abroad? Consider UC Education Program, Opportunities Abroad Program or UC San Diego Global Seminars!