The Global Studies program at Appalachian State University is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic program devoted to the understanding of historical, social, political, geographic, cultural, and artistic dimensions of international, transnational, and global processes.  The program has been in existence since 2008; we have over 130 majors and we have almost 25 minors.  Take a look at student capstone projects from spring 2014!  Some student abstracts are listed here, and you can take a look at some typical faculty activities in the 2011 newsletter!  

What does Global Studies involve?  It is a degree program that includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies as well as a minor in Global Studies.  In this program, students and faculty have a variety of options for focus areas, including (but not limited to):East Asian Studies, South Asian, Middle Eastern Studies, Latin American Studies, Francophone Studies, German Studies, Third World Studies, Global Arts, Development and Globalization, Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies.

The Global Studies program is one of the 3 degree programs housed in the new Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies (College of Arts and Sciences).  We have, however, over 60 Global Studies faculty members in the program, drawn from 12 different departments across the university.  We have representation from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, The Walker College of Business, and the Hayes School of Music.

CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda Moore, winner of the 2013 John Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award!!  Amanda is a double major in Global Studies (PCHR) and Communications.


Christina Ball: East Asian Studies; minors: Chinese and TESL
Brenda Johnson: Middle Eastern Studies; minor: History (language contract: Arabic)
Maryclaire McIlwain: Peace Conflict and Human Rights; minors: Spanish and Non-Profit Management
Amanda Moore: Peace Conflict and Human Rights (double major in Communications); minor in Non-Profit Management (language contract: French and Spanish); Global Connections Certificate; Citizen-Scholar Certificate
Logan Richardson: East Asian Studies (double major in Political Science: Intl and Comparative Politics); minor: Japanese
Fielding Russell: Globalization and Development; minor: Spanish
Alexis Sabo: Globalization and Development; minor: Spanish
Blakeley Terral: Globalization and Development; double major: Spanish.

In addition to Amanda Moore, Sarah Luihn (double major in Exercise Science and Spanish) will also receive the Global Connections Certificate.

For more information, contact the program director, Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand (


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Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies

  • Global Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program within the new Department of Cultural, Global and Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian.