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.
Globalizing Missions of the Center for Global Studies
Promote and support innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.
- Partner with faculty and disciplinary units to develop new courses and degree programs in global studies.
- Facilitate deep understanding of the values, thinking, practices, and aspirations of the world’s diverse cultures, and the acquisition of advanced language skills in Less Commonly Taught Languages.
- Develop teaching resources, professional training opportunities, and public programs in global studies for researchers, educators, students, business leaders, media, governmental agencies, civic organizations, and all members of the public concerned with understanding and solving global problems.
For additional information about the Center, please contact the Interim Director.
Steven W. Witt
To facilitate deep understanding of the values, thinking, practices, and aspirations of the world’s diverse populations, the Center for Global Studies promotes and supports innovative teaching and research on global issues.
We invite you to learn more about the faculty, courses, and programs that comprise the “Global Studies Clusters of Excellence” at Illinois:
- Affiliate Faculty
- Global Studies Courses
- Graduate Minor
- Certificates & Degrees
- Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
- Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs)
The Center for Global Studies helps support teaching and activities related to learning Less Commonly Taught Languages, including Arabic, modern Greek, Hindi, Persian, Turkish and Uzbek. The LCTL Program at Illinois is in the Department of Linguistics.
- Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)
Offered annually, SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to 8 weeks of classroom instruction, SILMW includes extracurricular activities to enhance language contact and practice and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. Activities include research forums, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities.
- Summer Workshop for High-School Students
The Center for Global Studies is sponsoring three pre-college programs that will take place during the Summer: Sustainable Futures, Global Health, and International Law and Social Justice. These courses are taught by University of Illinois Faculty and all students will receive transferable U of I credit upon successful completion of their program.
- Global Studies Research Lab for Community College Teachers
Offered annually in collaboration with the International and Area Studies Library, the Global Studies Summer Research Lab welcomes community college faculty interested in expanding global studies curricular and library offerings at their home institutions.