Area Studies Center At

University of Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education

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Global Knowledge


The Center for Global Studies contributes to the Global Studies Library’s collection development. Our Global Knowledge Efforts also facilitate research, teaching and outreach in the area of new information technologies, government policies, and emerging social/communication networks.

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Global Society & Sustainable Development

Our Global Society and Sustainable Development initiatives foster the growth of the next generation of environmental leaders through examining the needs of the world’s populations in tandem with a concern for preserving resources for future generations.

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Global Health

The Global Health Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engages global health issues through interdisciplinary problem-solving, research, training, and international exchange.

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Global Governance

(Security/Law/Human Rights)

CGS facilitates research, teaching and outreach on Security & Natural Resource Conflict as a global issue through an undergraduate certificate, course development, academic conferences and publications, teacher workshops, and informed lectures.


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The Center for Global Studies at Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

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News and Announcements

Did you come to our September 26th debate on the meaning of global and globalizing knowledge? Did you miss it but find the topic intriguing? If so, you’re in luck! For Fall Semester 2018, the Center for Global Studies is sponsoring a series on the topic of Global Knowledge. Watch our calendar for details.

We’re excited to see you there!


For more on the September debate, read this writeup by Thaddeus Herman!







Facts, Objects, and Visions in the Design of Globalizing Knowledge – Michael D. Kennedy

Wednesday, October 24, 4:00pm 
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum – 600 South Gregory






Missed the Global Knowledge and Transnational Crime on October 16th? View the slides from the presentation here.


Have you checked out our affiliated Global Studies in Education degrees? If education from a global perspective sounds like your cup of tea, you might be interested in this article interviewing Allison Witt, CGS faculty affiliate and Director of the Office of International Programs at the College of Education. It gives an overview of the origins, future, goals, and many of the benefits and opportunities available through this program. For a student perspective, check out this profile of recent grad William Baptist.

To learn more about the majors, minors, and certificates affiliated with the Center for Global Studies, use the Academics tab above to select your preferred degree type and level, and browse our current affiliate programs for those preferences.

Thank you for coming to our Fall Open House!

We look forward to learning and working with you this academic year. Be sure to check our calendar for more upcoming events!


The Center for Global Studies is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education awarded the Center for Global Studies a four-year grant of $920,000 for the period of 2018-22. This Title VI funding renews the Center’s status as a National Resource Center in Global Studies. Read the official announcement.