About the Program
Global Studies provide its students with multiple perspectives for understanding the world and the tools necessary to appreciate how other peoples see the world and the issues confronting the global community.
When UIS made some changes to the general education curriculum several years ago, it opened the door for the addition of a new major focused on global awareness. The implementation of a Global Studies major matches the directions occurring in global and international studies programs across the country.
The UIS program believes that Global Studies should be based on five distinguishing characteristics, as articulated by the Global Studies Consortium (an international organization of programs in global studies). See their essay “What is Global Studies?”
- both contemporary and historical
- provide post-colonial and critical perspectives
- aim at global citizenship
The program offers both a major and a minor, check out the Global Studies curriculum.