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 (abstracts are listed here).  

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.

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

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS: Short-term Faculty Led program to Cuba!

SPRING 2015 SENIOR CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS: Friday, May 1 in the Rough Ridge Room (415) of the Plemmons Union.

NEW MASTER'S Degrees from our grads: Paula Hunter (George Mason Univ, MA in Global Security), Ashley Bamford (MA in Politikwissenschaft, Otto-Suhr-Institut an der Freien Universit├Ąt Berlin), Camille Hesterberg (MA in Public Policy, Central European University in Budapest)

PEACE CORPS Anyone?  Heather Wilemon (2014) is in Ecuador, Megan Bennett (2012) is in the Ukraine, and Haley Nystrom (2015) will be going to Liberia in June 2016!


Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-3. To make an appointment, click here:

LLA 129 (Living Learning Center, Academic Building)

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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.