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The Global Studies MA Program welcomed 14 new students in August 2016. Six students joined the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies (REEES) concentration, and eight students are pursuing the thematic concentrations: Global Economics; Global Politics, Institutions, and Societies; or Global Migration. In addition, we have welcomed back 15 students in the second-year cohort, who are on track to graduate in December 2016 and May 2017.

The students in the MA program spend the first year of their studies completing required core courses within their chosen concentrations.  In addition, students in the thematic concentrations are required to take a research design course.  REEES students are required to take an appropriate regional language course every semester of enrollment in the program.  Second-year students enroll in elective courses from a wide range of social science departments and other departments and schools across UNC’s campus or, through inter-institutional enrollment, at Duke University and North Carolina State University (NCSU).  Some MA students simultaneously serve in internships, as teaching assistants, or pursue additional graduate certificates while enrolled in the program.  Many of our students have earned fellowships and assistantships, which substantially defray the costs of graduate studies.

Within the Global Studies MA program, students have a great deal of freedom to explore topics for their concentrations and capstone projects. Students are encouraged to pursue coursework and mentoring within the College of Arts and Sciences and among the many Global Studies-affiliated schools and faculty across campus and beyond.  Within this structure, students are able to acquire skills and knowledge that are uniquely tailored to their interests and career goals. The combination of rigorous core courses and the flexible elective options uniquely prepares students to bridge the academic world and applied knowledge within their chosen fields.

Beyond the classroom, we aim to offer students a variety of professional development opportunities on topics ranging from research skills to navigating their career options. In fall 2016, we offered a brown bag event on resume writing and UNC career services and another on the Individualized Development Plan (IDP) and its benefits for research and career planning. In collaboration with the Master’s in International Studies at NCSU, our MA students will also have the opportunity to attend a career networking event with alums working in international careers.  We also encourage our students to have fun during their graduate studies, and we arrange several social events each semester to encourage them to get to know their peers and program faculty on a more personal level.  We are enjoying getting to know the new students and integrating them into the Global Studies campus community.