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, March 13, 2018
    Two UNBC students, Hannah Coleman (beginner category) and Karrie Cookhouse (intermediate category) were selected as the finalists to perform in the annual Provincial Japanese Speech Arts Contest. The contest was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Halpern Centre, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.... more
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018
    My name is Nicole Halseth. I graduated from the International Studies program at UNBC in 2014, and my time spent there allowed me to pursue my passion for international affairs, while engaging with an incredible community of people. After graduation, I spent a year teaching English in Japan through the Japan... more
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Professor Paul Bowles, the Acting Chair of the Department of Global and International Studies, will be a Research Fellow in residence at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana from February 25 to March 15, 2018. Dr. Bowles will be one of six Fellows, and one of only two Canadians (the others being... more
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    Hello! My name is Yeva Mattson and I'm a Global and International Studies Major in UNBC. I am currently studying in Osaka, Japan and I cannot recommend it enough. Japan is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture. Its people are very welcoming and I've made lots of friends while here. Japan is such an... more
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    The Department of Global and International Studies is pleased to announce the availability of two Writing Tutors specifically designated to INTS courses. If you are registered in any INTS course in the Winter 2018 semester and would like help with any assignments please take advantage of this opportunity.... more