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The Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) Certificate offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of timely themes in a global context. Recognizing that we live in an era in which international understanding is increasingly crucial, this BDP provides students with international study and experience across a variety of disciplines, including Area Studies, Government, History, Communications, and International Business.

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Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT-Austin is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT-Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT-Austin, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Global Studies BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Global Studies. View a complete list of courses and requirements.


Five strands have been developed to focus student interest and provide a historical perspective for some of the most important international issues of our time:

  • Cultures in Regional Context
  • International Conflict
  • International Political and Economic Development
  • International Trade
  • Transnational Security and Terrorism


Students in the Global Studies BDP form a community with shared interests in understanding contemporary political, economic, human rights, and cultural issues in a global context. Global Studies students have come from a wide range of majors at UT, including Asian Studies, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Communication, Plan II, Religious Studies, and many others.


After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements the major. By pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate, students in the BDPs learn to become more flexible, versatile thinkers, better prepared for a professional world that values innovation and collaboration. Students in the BDPs gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom. View student profiles to learn about personal experiences in the Global Studies BDP.