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

  • Thursday, September 28, 2017
    Dr. Nathan Andrews began working at the UNBC in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies after having completed a PhD at the University of Alberta and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen’s University, during which time he became a 2017 SSHRC... more
  • Monday, September 11, 2017
    Paul Bowles has recently published a new co-edited volume, The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies, Routledge, July 2017 (with Henry Veltmeyer). Critical Development Studies challenges mainstream approaches to development... more
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
    Dr. Ken Wilkening joined the International Studies Department in 2000. He went on to become Chair of International Studies in 2007. As a researcher, Ken focused on questions of the science-policy interface of international/global environmental problems, especially related to the atmosphere. His book, Acid... more
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Aalam Sandhu Ami Hagiwara, Japanese Language Instructor The 29th Annual BC Japanese Speech Contest was held on March 4, 2017 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This year Aalam Sandhu, a third-year student in Japanese, was chosen as a finalist in the intermediate... more
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    Let me, as department chair, give you insight into how one of our instructors, Stephanie Powell-Hellyer, developed a novel class assignment for her fall 2016 special topics course entitled “Globalization and Religion”. By chance, Stephanie heard that an elementary school teacher in Prince George... more

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