Welcome to Global Studies

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International Experiences: Explore past students' places of study

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Student Spotlight

News & Announcements

SIR (Sigma Iota Rho) Inductees Announced

Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016

Inductees to Sigma Iota Rho for AY 2016-2017 have been announced.  Click to visit the SIR (Sigma Iota Rho) page and congratulate the inductees. 

Spring 2017 Recommended Course List is Available!

Posted on Thu, 20 Oct 2016

The spring 2017 recommended course list is now available.  Visit the major and minor pages for links.  

Bastian/Thulin Scholarships Awarded

Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016

Congratulations to our Global Studies majors who were chosen to receive the Bastian and Thulin Scholarships!  Go to our scholarships page to see who they are.  

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News & Announcements

Student & Affiliated Faculty Profiles


Jane K.

Major: Global Studies
Minor: French
Minor: Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability (ESES)
Language: French
Thematic Area: Environment, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility
Area Focus: West Africa
Study Abroad Program: MSID Senegal


I entered the University of Illinois as a Global Studies major. I was very excited about all the possibilities the major would offer me from the beginning. In my first semester, I met another Global Studies major who told me about her plans to study abroad in Senegal. I developed an interest in the country, and eventually decided to do my study abroad there. I spent the academic year 2015-2016 living in Senegal, most of that time spent in the capital city of Dakar. I took courses in French and English with other American students and worked at consecutive internships. My French and Wolof (the most widely-spoken language in Senegal) improved considerably, and I discovered a topic I was interested in for undergraduate research. The photo here shows me with the Diene family. Professor Oumar Diene taught the Environmental Issues in Senegal course during my first semester with MSID. He then offered me an internship with a community development organization in the Yoff neighborhood of Dakar during my second semester. Because Yoff is a half hour’s bus ride from my host family’s house, I ate lunch at Professor Diene’s house every day with him and his family. As with my host family, I felt very welcomed by them. Yoff feels like a part of a much smaller town than downtown Dakar, a community where people look out for each other. I felt very inspired by the example of people like Professor Diene, who were engaged in actively improving life for others in their country. In this way, my time away taught me to also value the importance of ties to home.

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