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Welcome to Global Studies

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International Experiences: Explore past students' places of study

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Student Spotlight

News & Announcements

Major/Minor Plans of Study are Due March 27th!!

Posted on Wed, 08 Mar 2017

If you are a second semester Sophomore or later, your major/minor plans of study are due March 27th. Completed plans can be brought in during walk in hours or can be e-mailed to globalstudies@illinois.edu. Incomplete plans will need to be reviewed during an advising appointment. If plans of study are not received by March 27th, a registration hold will be put in place. E-mails have been sent to those that need to submit plans.

Bastian & Thulin Scholarships for Fall 2017 & AY 2017-2018 Due March 13th

Posted on Mon, 13 Feb 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the Bastian and Thulin scholarships offered to Global Studies majors. All applications are due by 4:30pm on March 13th to Valerie Paceley in the Global Studies office.

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News & Announcements

Student & Affiliated Faculty Profiles

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Clay B.


Major: Global Studies
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Language: Arabic
Thematic Area: Wealth & Poverty
Area Focus: Middle East

 

Transferring to the University in 2014, my main academic goal was to learn Arabic. It was clear to me that Global Studies offered the right environment to tailor my experience to that goal. I really think that the major is one of the most flexible on campus. This is both a great blessing and an important responsibility! I've been able to take courses in so many disciplines: Arabic, development studies, sociology, political science, religious studies, economics, urban planning, and even engineering! This diversity requires the ability to synthesize diverse ways of thinking... an indispensable skill in today's world! The Global Studies program has helped me to achieve an amazing college experience outside of the classroom, as well. In Summer 2015, I spent six weeks in Hungary volunteering at a refugee camp. This experience greatly bolstered and refined my academic knowledge by humanizing the issues we discussed. I then spent Fall 2016 studying abroad in Jordan. To say it was an educational experience would be a gross understatement! Living in the Arab world was immensely beneficial to my language skills, and I also learned so many themes and details in the study of Islam that are typically ignored in American discourse. Through the diversity of topics, accompanying debates and opportunities to experience them in real life, I feel that Global Studies has required me to step up to my own education, and has set me on a track of diverse involvement in global issues.

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