Global Studies Consortium

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign : Center for Global Studies

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Established 2003
Key features

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) is responsible for globalizing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s research, teaching, and outreach programs. Since 2003, CGS has been designated as a National Resource Center (NRC) under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI grant program.  

CGS has a four part mission. First, the Center promotes and supports innovative research to define the contested notion of globalization, to identify the multiple and cumulative impacts of the powerful forces driving this process, and to make this knowledge known to interested parties around the globe. Second, CGS works closely with UIUC's multiple colleges, disciplinary and professional units, and faculty and students to globalize the research, teaching, and engagement missions of the university. Third, CGS consults with universities and faculty who aim to develop global studies research and teaching programs. Fourth, CGS works to make the knowledge and teaching programs on all aspects of globalization available to teachers and students in K-16 in Illinois, the United States, and elsewhere around the world. These resources are also accessible to business, media, governmental agencies, civic organizations, and all members of the interested public concerned with global problems and how to solve them for the benefit of peoples everywhere.

Contact information for the Center for Global Studies ( - email:, phone: 217-265-5186.

Number of faculty: 150

The Center for Global Studies has over 100 faculty affiliates who work with "Clusters of Excellence" that promote cross-unit and disciplinary research and instruction. The Center works in concert with a variety of departments across campus. Reflecting this diversity are a faculty that, in a variety of ways, incorporate global issues into their research and/or teaching. Assembled here is a collection of brief profiles, contact information and links to individual web pages that present faculty research and expertise in more detail.

Faculty biographies and contact information are listed by the collaborative clusters below:

Global Studies Education
Social and Policy Studies
Language and Culture
International Security
Sustainable Development
Information Science and Media


Degrees awarded
  • Global Studies in Education Masters of Education
  • Global Studies in Education Certificate
  • Doctorate of Education
  • Graduate Minor in Global Studies

Global Studies in Education

Programs Offered:

Master of Education
Doctor of Education 

The GSE Online program is based on the realization that the world has become inextricably interconnected as well as interdependent, and educators cannot afford to ignore this new reality. They need to extend their knowledge of the world and develop critical skills to understand the changing economic, political, and cultural contexts within which education takes place. At the same time, the new contexts provide educators with wonderful new opportunities to enhance the quality of their teaching by linking up with educators around the world. 

The program's innovative approach to on-line education provides students considerable flexibility, with a range of opportunities to interact with educators from around the world and participate in a study abroad program. Its development is partly funded by the US Department of Education's Title VI Program through the Center for Global Studies and other Area Studies centers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Changing Role of the Educator

Increasingly, educators are becoming aware of the challenges presented by the complex, transforming world in which youth cultures are often ahead of teacher knowledge and skills especially with respect to the uses of new technologies and the media. This suggests a new role for educators in helping their students to navigate this globalizing world; in internationalizing their curriculum and pedagogy; and helping their students to reflect and critically understand what it means to be globally informed, aware and compassionate human beings - "citizens of the world."

Aims of the Program

Based on this understanding of global interconnectivity and interdependence, this program seeks to assist P-16 educators to incorporate global perspectives into their existing curricula and pedagogies. It is designed to provide them with an opportunity to consider the ways in which globalization affects their work, so that they are better equipped to challenge their students to develop a more transnational outlook. This program is on-line, and offers a range of opportunities for educators to work with educators around the world and apply course theories in practice.

Graduate Minor in Global Studies

Why get a Graduate Minor in Global Studies?

With the emergence of a global society for the first time in the evolution of the human species, issues of shared concern must be confronted, simultaneously, systemically, and synchronously, at local, national, regional and global levels.  These include environmental degradation, food scarcity, rapid resource depletion, sustainable economic development, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and international crime, world health, human-created and natural catastrophes, impediments to the spread of democratic and human rights values and practices.

A Graduate Minor in Global Studies

  • enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the processes of globalization
  • builds on students’ disciplinary and professional knowledge base, and the conceptual frameworks, analytic tools and methodologies derived from their particular programs of studies
  • integrates students’ specialized skills within the broader interdisciplinary, intellectual, and public policy demands of the challenges confronting the world’s populations


A total of 12 credit hours consisting of three courses. Students must complete GLBL 500: Governing Globalization: the Pursuit of Order, Welfare, and Legitimacy (currently offered every spring semester). In addition, students must complete two courses that form a coherent plan appropriate to global studies — at least one course must be at the 500 level, and only one course can be from the student’s major department.

CGS encourages students to choose a set of courses that address issues confronting the peoples of the globe. Twenty-five units throughout the university submitted examples of courses available for enrollment by Global Studies Minor students – subject to instructor approval. Students are advised to review syllabi of the courses they are proposing for the Minor to ensure their relation to global studies.

Application Guidelines

Open to Masters and Doctoral students at the University of Illinois.

Students can enter program in:
  • January
  • August
Practical education is part of the curriculum.
Language(s) of instruction

Courses are taught in:

  • English


Sources of funding available for students

FLAS Funding: The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. 


Institutional Background

Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Illinois alumni have earned Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes and Olympic medals, have orbited the earth, and lead international corporations. The campus offers rich experiences beyond the classroom, from the best performing arts to Big Ten sports.

Administrative status

The Center for Global Studies is a unit of International Programs and Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Global Studies Consortium meeting participation:
  • Tokyo 2008
  • Leipzig 2009
  • Shanghai 2011
  • Moscow 2013
  • Cairo 2015
  • Pittsburgh 2016

Contact details

Center for Global Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
303 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, Illinois, 61820, USA

Program email address:
Steve Witt