The Center for Global Studies (CGS) promotes and supports innovative higher education research on global issues confronting the world’s populations in order to facilitate deep understanding of the values, thinking, practices, and aspirations of the world’s diverse cultures.
To draw attention to areas of strength and excellence at Illinois, CGS organizes global issues research, teaching and outreach into Research Clusters that bridge disciplines, regions, and professions, and support cutting-edge innovations in teaching and conceptualizing global studies. Over 100 FACULTY AFFILIATES work within these "Clusters of Excellence," incorporating global issues in a variety of ways into their research and/or teaching.
Within the University
COURSES & SYLLABI developed by faculty and disciplinary units with CGS funding support are identified within one or more Research Clusters. CGS also supports graduate and undergraduate CERTIFICATES & DEGREE programs that focus substantially on global phenomena and issues, or provide a framework through which to analyze and explore these issues from a global perspective.
Serving the Academy
CGS offers co-sponsorship funding and logistical support for CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS on global studies and collaborates with other universities to publish GLOBAL-e, an electronic journal on global studies scholarship. The VIRTUAL NEW BOOK SHELF compiles information on recently acquired global studies titles. In addition, CGS monitors and posts information about conferences and publishing opportunities on our LISTSERVS. The POLICY STUDIES RESEARCH RESOURCES service compiles organizations and think tanks that produce policy documents on global issues.
CGS professional staff and faculty associates offer CONSULTING services, and are available to help conduct workshops, site evaluations, and advice on developing global studies programs at the graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 levels. In addition, the Global Studies Librarian is available to consult on collection development, assist with locating resources and publications for research and courses, and can facilitate digital archiving of global studies materials.