About the Program

The Global Studies program trains students to be global citizens, global thinkers, and global problem-solvers, and prepares them for global careers in academia, business, government, and the non-profit sector, among others.

Jillian Merrick (BA Honours International Studies, 2007) elected as Prince George City Councillor

Jillian Merrick is the youngest Prince George City Councillor on record and one of only two elected representatives to have earned a degree at UNBC.

2014 UNBC Teaching Award

Congratulations to Ami Hagiwara for receiving the 2014 Achievement Award for Teaching.

Assistant Professor Appointment

The Department of Global and International Studies welcomes Dr. Jason Lacharite as an Assistant Professor.

Department of Global and International Studies

Our world is rapidly globalizing, bringing exciting opportunities and daunting challenges. Global and International Studies, hereafter referred to as Global Studies, seeks to tackle this brave new world in all its complexity. We train students to be global citizens, global thinkers, and global problem-solvers, and prepare them for global careers in academia, business, government, and the non-profit sector, among others. A unique feature of our program is that we train students in foreign languages. Language is the entry-point for understanding the world’s cultures and equips students for studying and working abroad.

Global Studies is a holistic and timely field of study whose scope is the whole Earth and whose eyes are on the future, aiding a global transformation toward healthy, just, peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable societies for all. The focus of our program is on the ‘big picture,’ international to global. Students emerge from our program with knowledge of the macro-level structures, actors, processes, ideas, issues, and events shaping our planet and its societies. This is accomplished in multi-disciplinary, multi-perspective, local-to-global, and critical ways of thinking.

The curriculum is organized around four themes:

  • Global environment and sustainability
  • Global cultures and diversity
  • Global governance and social justice
  • Global political economy and development.

Students take courses in each theme, learn to integrate across themes, and can focus on one or more themes if they so choose. Special attention is given to British Columbia’s immediate international neighbouring regions: Asia-Pacific, Circumpolar North, and the Americas.

Global Studies Improving the World

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015
    BA Honours INTS, 2007 Here is Jillian’s story from International Studies to Prince George City Councillor in her own words: In 2002, I had a choice to make. After spending a year abroad on an International Rotary Youth Exchange, I was keen to pursue a career in international development. At the time,... more
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015
    The Department of Global & International Studies financially supported members of Over the Edge to attend Canada’s 77th annual student journalism conference from January 14-18, 2015 in Ottawa where they had a chance to meet CBC’s chief correspondent, Peter Mansbridge (in photo with SuIn Lee (L) and... more
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015
    Miriam Matejova, Honours Degree in International Studies - 2009 Hello, my name is Miriam Matejova. Dr. Wilkening asked me to tell you my story. He said it may give you ideas and inspiration for your post-INTS and post-UNBC journeys. My Canadian academic journey started when I immigrated to Canada from... more
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    The International Studies Student Association (ISSA) recent conducted a campaign to raise awareness for the Gift it Twice Program.  Gift it Twice is an annual campaign put on by the Toronto-based NGO Raising the Village that works to alleviate extreme poverty in ten remote villages in Uganda.  Gift it Twice... more
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Zan Tsang, International Studies Major – 2014 Greetings from Zan Tsang in South Korea. I graduated from UNBC in May 2014 with a Major in International Studies. I'm currently with the EPIK (English Person In Korea) Teaching program in Daegu, South Korea, in the southern part of the country. I teach 22 classes a... more