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.
News & Features
Spring 2022 Newsletter
The Curriculum in Global Studies Spring 2022 newsletter is out! Click here to see what our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students accomplished in the Spring 2022 semester as well as learn about some of our dynamic faculty.
Global Studies Statement on Ukraine
In light of recent events, we in the Curriculum of Global Studies mourn the violence brought upon the Ukrainian people and the flouting of territorial sovereignty and international law that Russia has displayed. We stand with our students, faculty and staff who are affected by this war and offer our heartfelt support. We also recognize that many around the world are experiencing the displacement, loss, and trauma associated with war, in many places, some of which get more or less attention [due to systemic biases and blindspots].
We acknowledge the ways in which our students are affected by this and ongoing conflicts which can make it hard to simply go about life as if everything was fine. We stand with our students in these trying times and invite all those impacted to seek support among your peers, faculty, staff, or other UNC resources (including Counseling and Psychological Services) . We also want to invite you to let us know how we in the Curriculum can be of help.
Fall 2022 Global Studies MA Program Application Now Open
Fall 2022 applications to our dynamic, interdisciplinary MA program are now being accepted.
For those interested in funding opportunities, please apply by December 14th, 2021. All other applications should be submitted by the final deadline of February 8th, 2022.
Global Studies Welcomes Fall 2021 MA Cohort
On August 13th, Global Studies hosted an orientation session for our Fall 2021 cohort of MA students. This group of 15 incoming students marks the 8th class admitted into our graduate program since its launch in Fall 2014. We are excited to have their energy and intellect on our campus!
Banu Gokariksel Appointed Chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies
Dr. Banu Gökarıksel, professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to a four-year term as chair of the Curriculum in Global Studies.
Gökarıksel holds an impressive record of leadership and scholarship at Carolina. A faculty member since 2005, she recently completed a three-year term as the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education at The Graduate School. In addition to her role as a core faculty member with the Department of Geography, she has a joint appointment in the Curriculum in Global Studies, teaching geography and multidisciplinary courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. Her research interests lie in religion as well as feminist political and cultural geographies. Gökarıksel also has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University.
Gökarıksel succeeds Dr. Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology, who held the position from 2019-2021. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Kalleberg’s tenure resulted in many successes, including several seminars that brought together global studies faculty and other faculty from across campus to discuss ways of adding more global content to courses and ways of decolonizing global studies and dismantling racism.
While Gökarıksel is on research leave in Fall 2021, Dr. Jonathan Weiler, the curriculum’s associate chair and director of undergraduate studies, will serve as interim chair.
Global Studies Faculty Recognized as Tyson Academic Leadership Fellow