Undergraduate Program Director
Faculty Advisory Board
The Mission of the IGS
The Institute for Globalization Studies (IGS) promotes interdisciplinary perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and contradictions related to the processes of globalization. Within the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum, the Institute offers a Bachelor of Arts in Globalization Studies and International Relations (a major and a minor) that combines the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering to prepare future leaders in global policy-making, international service, diplomacy, and activism. Supported by a multidisciplinary advisory board, the IGS seeks to foster scholarly collaborations on the interactions between and within global to local scales, as well as the contradictions embedded in globalization, which often result in severe economic, political, and social inequalities among people marked by territorial borders. The IGS also pays attention to the effects that globalization processes have on the environment and how, in turn, ecological degradation is contributing to the proliferation of conflicts and the securitization of human rights.
Standing in Solidarity
As the world looks upon the United States with anxious yet hopeful eyes, it is incumbent upon us all to be cognizant of the weight of our speech and actions. We are simultaneously local, national, and global citizens. Our mission at the Institute for Globalization Studies is precisely to cultivate in our students, faculty, and communities at large knowledge of the contours and dimensions of power dynamics — socio-economic, political, cultural, and geopolitical.