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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.


News & Features

Meet the team of the Global Gazette

The team at The Global Gazette, founded and led by Global Studies MA students, received one of Arts Everywhere’s Student Arts Innovation Grants in April 2022. Their project is a campus publication that spotlights experiences and understandings of globalization, and promotes various modalities of knowing and expression. The Global Gazette publishes both artistic and academic works, including research papers and projects, as well as photography, videography, music, and visual art. Read more below to learn about the project, their first issue, and what’s on the horizon for the publication!

Global Studies Welcomes Fall 2022 MA Cohort

On August 12th, Global Studies hosted an orientation session for our Fall 2022 cohort of MA students. This group of 10 incoming students marks the 9th class admitted into our graduate program since its launch in Fall 2014. We are excited to have their energy and intellect on our campus!

Fall 2023 Global Studies MA Program Application Now Open

Fall 2023 applications to our dynamic, interdisciplinary MA program are now being accepted.  

For those interested in funding opportunities, please apply by December 13th, 2022. All other applications should be submitted by the final deadline of February 14th, 2023.

Learn more and apply here:

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.

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

Eight faculty members across campus were selected to participate in the Tyson Academic Leadership Program. The program is designed to aid emerging leaders through a series of activities to develop leadership skills, clarify career commitments and build their leadership network. We are happy to recognize one of our own, Dr. Michal Osterweil, as being one of these eight Tyson Academic Leadership Fellows.
During their fellowship year, participants attend leadership training with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, interacting with senior executives across the public and private sectors. In the spring, fellows attend weekly seminars to address critical issues facing the University, and have opportunities to meet with senior leaders inside and outside the University throughout their fellowship year.

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