Cluster of Excellence

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.

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

Cluster of Excellence

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.

Cluster of Excellence

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.

Cluster of Excellence

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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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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Recent event: 

Global Trends in Higher Education
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CGS was proud to co-host the
2018 Area Studies and Outreach Conference
which was held on November 29th in Chicago, IL.
Click here to view slides from the presentations. 



CGS-Sponsored Global Health High School Program Featured By ABET

Read about CGS affiliates Jenny Amos and Kenny Long and their work with Njala University in Sierra Leone.

We’re proud to partner with Jenny and Kenny in their work.

Learn more about the Global Health program.


Have you been reading our blog?

Don’t miss our recent posts on the Global Knowledge and Transnational Crime lecture and the African Union and Agenda 2063.


Did you miss our December 4th event?
View the slides HERE. 

Global Knowledge and Global Governance
December 4th, 12-1pm
Main Library, Room 106 

How is an increasingly integrated world dealing with governance on a global scale, especially as it relates to the globalization of knowledge, its generation, and distribution? How have the disciplines of Law, Anthropology, and Sociology looked at modern global governance?




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


Watch a recording of 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.

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.