The Global Studies Center

Global Studies Center: Mission Statement

The Global Studies Center promotes critical global thinking and reflective global engagement through the interdisciplinary study of transnational and trans-local processes. Our approach emphasizes the connections, disruptions, displacements, and inequalities these processes engender across time and place. We foster innovative research, collaborative learning, and thoughtful practice through our work with faculty, students, staff and community partners.

Faculty Grant Opportunities

GSC offers competitive faculty grants to support interdisciplinary international research, conferences, workshops, and curriculum development on global issues, which result in publications, curricular developments, and international scholarly ties, and which raise the international profile of the University of Pittsburgh.

Student Funding and Fellowships

GSC offers over $200,000 annually for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hebrew, Hindi, Portuguese, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.) The GSC also offers Global Studies Student Ambassador Fellowships to offset some tuition costs in exchange for developing key professional skills as you work with the GSC office. Additionally, GSC Travel Grants are available to support students attending conferences, workshops, completing research etc.

Academic Programs

Certificate Programs

Through the graduate and undergraduate certificate program, students develop an awareness of major currents of global change and the issues it raises. Students choose one of five global concentrations (Ecology & Sustainability; Politics & Economics; Cultural Dynamics; Peace, Conflict & Security; Health & Well-being) and combine it with language study.

Bachelor of Philosophy in International and Area Studies

The Bachelor of Philosophy Degree in International and Area Studies (BPHIL IAS) is offered by the University Honors College (UHC) in cooperation with the University Center for International Studies (UCIS). It is an interdisciplinary major that emphasizes scope, in-depth study, critical thinking and rigorous independent scholarship and appeals to those who are attracted to the challenge of serious research focusing on a world region or transnational global trends.

Community Engagement

GSC’s outreach program draws on the outstanding resources available at Pitt in order to provide resources and sponsor activities that enrich the intellectual and cultural life of K-12 students and teachers, university/college faculty, local business groups, and the wider Pittsburgh community. GSC’s outreach program offers six different types of resources: workshops, professional development, Act 48 Credit, lending library and resources, speakers bureau, and lectures.

GSC Annual Reports

View GSC Annual Report for AY16 online.
View GSC Annual Report for AY15 online.
View GSC Annual Report for AY14 online.
View GSC Annual Report for AY2012-13 online.

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