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Although they have big shoes to fill, the Global Studies MA Program’s second cohort is off to a great start. Four students are in the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES) concentration; the remaining nine are busy considering a possible concentration: Global Economics; Global Politics, Institutions, and Societies; or Global Migration and Labor Rights. All 13 students are required to take GLST 700: Introduction to Research and Theory in Global Studies, a course which involves lively debates regarding issues of globalization in addition to preparation for long-term project proposals. Students are free to explore various topics they might pursue for a capstone project, while receiving feedback and instruction for going about research. Assignments are often structured to have students begin foundational research as well as identify faculty who can serve as resources for students’ various fields of interest.

Not only have second-year students been readily available to share their wisdom with the newest cohort, but they have identified ways to strengthen the program. By realizing that both qualitative and quantitative research methods can make a candidate more desirable to a potential employer, the Curriculum in Global Studies has made a methods class mandatory. This openness to adapting the program so that it best serves its students is one of the many aspects of the Carolina Global Studies MA experience that sets it apart from other programs.