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About Global Studies

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.

In the program, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies or a minor in Global Studies. Global Studies offers students a variety of options for focus areas, including (but not limited to) a regional focus (Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East) or a transnational focus (Development and Globalization, Peace/Conflict/HumanRights, Global Health).

Congratuations to senior Shannon Wells , who was just awarded a Critical Languages Scholarship (US Dept of State) to study language and culture for two months in Japan in summer 2018!!  Shannon is a double major in Global Studies (East Asia) and East Asian Languages/Cultures (Japanese).

Download the program mission and a one-page curriculum overview (PDF). There is also a Global Connections Certificate that is available to ANY major on campus. The certificate combines language learning, study abroad, international course content, and service/outreach plus a summary reflection.

Want to know more? Contact Dr. Gonzalez for more information.

"I think the number one reason I love the opportunity of study abroad is because I have been able to learn from professors who are not teaching material from a book, but teaching stories of their lives.  When professors talk about life under socialism, it is by personal example."  -Eastern European Area Studies major studying at Corvinus University in Hungary


Congratulations Class of 2017!

Class of 2017 students: Rachel Barrett, Drew Bennett, Talley Breedlove, Emily Brown, Ryan Hellenbrand, Lauren Holt, Laila Hosseinzadeh, Katie Howell, ...

Ryan Hellenbrand receives 2017-2018 Fulbright Student Award

Congratulations to GLS student Ryan Hellenbrand (German Studies/minor in German with a double major Sustainable Development) who just received a ...

Congratulations to GLS student Talley Breedlove

Congratulations to GLS student Talley Breedlove (Peace,  Conflict and Human Rights/minors in Chinese and Japanese) and program director Alex...

Global Studies Major Alaina Storch featured in Appalachian Magazine

Check out the story on PCHR student Alaina Storch in the Appalachian magazine, taking on labor rights in the fashion industry! ...