IUB’s Global Studies & Governance (GSG) Program is the country’s first global-level knowledge-mode. Its vision (analyzing cross-border governance), and mission (interpreting global diversities), are inter- and multi-disciplinary, pragmatic, and theoretical. By examining post-state policy-making and engaging non-governmental organizations, it promotes hands-on, holistic, and necessary front-seat assessments of sensitive issues, climate-change, demographic shifts, gender rebalancing, resource redistribution, and socio-cultural transformations.

A GSG Major needs 127 credits from 1 of 7 tracks: International Relations & Comparative Politics; International Security & Strategic Studies; Public Policy & Governance; Global Media & International Communications; Socio-political Economy of Development; Ecological Governance; and Independent Study. These break down into 14 foundation courses (from other disciplines), 11 core courses (on methods, issue-specific substance, and theories), 7 track-based courses, and 6 electives (deepening knowledge). Students choose between Internship and Thesis (or do both, as did the GSG’s first graduates, in 2021, as Interns of Carnegie Endowment, BRAC’s BIGD, and Summit Group, before the thesis). The 15-credit GSG Minor teaches how to: (a) build ‘multi-tasking’ skills; (b) replace materialism with sustainability; (c) absorb climate-change imperatives; and (d) navigate information pathways.

By modernizing International Relations, GSG skills streamline such 21st Century priorities as multi-tasking, networking, and workplace fluidity, armed with Third/Fourth Industrial Revolutions knowledge. Expected outcomes include governance of foreign relations, the ecology, business, society, politics, grassroots interests, and ICT/software fluency.