The Institute for Global Studies prepares students for global citizenship by providing unique opportunities in undergraduate education.
Global Studies majors have the flexibility to explore a wide variety of disciplines while integrating this knowledge with a rigorous core curriculum. Minors in Global Studies allow students to tailor a subspecialization to complement their major course of study. Most global studies students study abroad at least once as an undergraduate through programs offered by the University’s Learning Abroad Center, a May term practicum, or direct exchange programs.
IGS also works with departments across the College of Liberal Arts to support innovative curricular development by faculty designed to broaden opportunities for global education.
Research and Scholarship
IGS supports research and scholarship, putting great minds to work on issues of global significance.
IGS is the home of a range of interdisciplinary centers that support research and programmatic development. These include National Resource Centers in international studies, Western European Studies, and the study of the Asias. Working groups, intellectual collectives, and research collaboratives allow faculty to explore cutting edge scholarship and to share research in progress. Speakers series and colloquia bring leading scholars to campus to interact with Minnesota faculty and students.
IGS outreach activities develop community partnerships and make connections across cultural, geographic, and disciplinary boundaries.
Teacher summer institutes connect k-16 instructors with University faculty and support their development of new curriculum to challenge and engage students. Professional development opportunities encourage educators to explore current issues through conferences, seminars, and short courses. IGS also provides resources to educators through a curricular library and listserv.
Through community partnerships, IGS organizes forums, film screenings and special events that reach a broad audience.