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

  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016
    Let me introduce myself and tell you about my experience building libraries in Ghana. It was a hands-on way to learn about development projects. My name is Brett Wieckhoff and I am a Global & International Studies major. I was a volunteer this past summer (2016) with the United Kingdom (UK)-based NGO, Thrive... more
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Hello, my name is Karlee Nadorozny and I am a joint major in Economics & International Studies, and I am a fan of Japan and the Japanese language. I have taken Japanese for three years with Ms. Ami Hagiwara, the Japanese language instructor for the Department of Global and International Studies. During my... more
  • Monday, May 2, 2016
    The world is a beautiful mess. It is fascinating yet can be terrifying; it is strangely synchronized yet can seem ready to split at the seams at any given moment. How could one not be mesmerized by it? Personally, I have always been fascinated by the ‘bigger picture’ of the world, its people, its environment,... more
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016
    Danaya Rankin, Ami Hagiwara and Kim Tran Ami Hagiwara, Japanese Language Instructor The 28th Annual BC Japanese Speech Contest was held on March 5, 2016 at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Almost every year, UNBC sends students to this event. This year, Danaya Rankin and Kim Tran, were chosen as... more
  • Friday, February 26, 2016
    The International Studies Student Association (ISSA) held their second annual Pub Night at the Moose on February 26, 2016.  This event helped the ISSA raise club funds for their club account.  This year it was Pokemon themed.  'Trainers' were able to participate in 8 'gym battles' and compete for... more