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Students at the University of North Carolina live in an increasingly globalized society. It is crucial that they develop a fuller understanding of the variable nature of earth’s people and nations. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with its rich diversity of programs possessing a strong international focus and its strong commitment to study abroad, provides an exceptional learning environment for the study of these critical issues.

Read about how the Curriculum in Global Studies achieves this mission.

 commencement information

Spring 2015 Global Studies Commencement

The Spring 2015 Curriculum in Global Studies commencement will be Sunday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

We are in the final phase of ticket distribution.

Questions? Contact Taylor Moss, Commencement Coordinator, at tamoss@email.unc.edu

Curriculum in Global Studies Awards and Fellowships

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News & features

Message from the Chair

elizabeth-olson-largeThe spring semester seems to finally be holding the promise of warmer days, and the Curriculum in Global Studies is ready to meet the thaw with some exciting opportunities for students and the wider Carolina community. In April we will be co-sponsoring two “student’s choice” visiting lectures alongside of visits of other scholars from around the world. One of the highlights this month was a visit by Kevin “KAL”’ Kallaugher, whose illustrated lecture on “Political Cartooning after Charlie Hebdo” captivated the audience and attracted the attention of local mediDSC_0649a.

We have also been exploring new ways to support and encourage our undergraduate and graduate students with small grants and network-building opportunities within and beyond UNC. In addition to kick-starting collaboration with NC State, our first cohort of Masters students has successfully secured a range of competitive grant and study awards including the FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) fellowship. In the meantime, our faculty is engaging global audiences in scholarship and policy, producing new and unique research, and winning awards for teaching. We are especially looking forward to celebrating the graduation of the Class of 2015 on Sunday, May 10! – Elizabeth Olson

Global Studies Students Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to all the new Phi Beta Kappa initiates here at UNC, especially the 22 Global Studies students recognized at the initiation ceremony on March 30th.  The Global Studies students initiated are listed below:

Danielle Nicole Allyn, Amy Michelle Bourret, Joseph Michael Calder, Jr., Thomson Flynn Chapman, Cheney Behrens Gardner, Stephanie Mae Hess, Lindsey Stafford Kellogg, Sarah McWilliams Kennedy, Sarah Audrey MacLean, Harold Brent McKnight, Jr., Sarah Niss, Zachary J Padgett, Emma Anne Park, Marilee Michelle Protonentis, Anna Brooks Roberson, Kaitlin Anita Shinn, Catherine Porter Smith, Esteban Socarras, Zhiyi Joycelyn Su, Eleanor Grace Withers, Frank Wu, and Fareeda M Zikry.

New Video Features Global Studies Major: Languages Help Students Cross Borders

Studying languages has taken Lily Herbert ’16 to places she never imagined she’d go. Herbert, who is from Raleigh, North Carolina, is majoring in global studies and geography. She’s studying Persian and Turkish on campus and has learned Tatar through a Foreign Language and Area Studies award.

“Studying languages at UNC has been extremely valuable,” says Herbert. “It’s opened entirely different paths to me–like traveling to places I never thought I would. So my advice to new students is to take the time, take a risk, and make an investment in a new language—or several!” See the video on this story here.

Global Internship Award Recipients for 2015 Announced

The Curriculum in Global Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of its Global Internship Awards for 2015. These students were chosen from a competitive applicant pool and will use these monetary awards to help finance internationally focused internships taking place over the summer of 2015.

  • Ting Zhang is a sophomore Global Studies and History major. Ting serves as the Community Outreach Chair for Impact NC and is the co-founder & president of Simple International, an organization focused on connecting UNC students to accessible opportunities in Beijing. She will be using the Global Internship Award to help defray expenses associated with her internships at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and the China Center for Globalization (CCG) in Beijing.
  • Shiva Sethi is a sophomore Global Studies major. In addition to serving as a Residential Advisor at Granville Towers and Orientation Leader with UNC’s New Student & Carolina Parent Programs, Shiva is also an active member of the UNC Boxing Club. He will be using the Global Internship Award to help defray expenses associated with his internship in the US Department of State’s Office of Civil Rights.
  • Cecilia Smetana is a junior Global Studies and Communication Studies major. Cecilia has already participated in three study abroad opportunities (Jordan, Thailand, and Singapore) during her time at UNC. Apart from her study abroad experiences, Cecilia is a leader within the Carolina International Relations Association and served as a research assistant for UNC’s Department of Sociology during the Fall 2014 semester. She will be using the Global Internship Award to help defray expenses associated with her internship with the American Friends of Royal Health Awareness Society (AFRHAS).

Global Studies Students Selected as UNC Phillips Ambassadors

Two Global Studies majors were recently selected as UNC Phillips Ambassadors for study abroad in Asia. Selection is based on strong communication skills, intellectual curiosity and engagement, academic achievement, evidence of generous service to the campus and wider community, and a previous record of leadership.

Phillips Ambassador

Ntiense Inyang, a Global Studies major with a Chemistry and Korean double minor from Dallastown, PA, will study abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, in fall 2015.

Phillips Ambassador

Sara Khan, a Global studies and Biology double major with a Chemistry minor from Burlington, NC, will study abroad through the UNC Summer in India program beginning in May 2015.




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