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A note from the Department Head: 

We’re changing our name from “Department of International Studies” to “Department of Global Studies”

Why are we making this change?

Our department is growing and we are broadening the topics that we cover. We feel that the name Global Studies more accurately expresses who we are now and where we see ourselves headed in the future. It expresses how our concerns are centered on the wellbeing of communities and individuals around the globe, regardless of their relationship with particular nation-states. It conveys how everything we do is informed by the forces of globalization, and how we are concerned with the ways local communities respond to globalization and the ways they themselves shape how globalization occurs.

An increasing number of our courses already include the name global in their titles, and adopting this new name will add coherence to our curriculum. Our new name also aligns more closely with faculty research interests, which recognize that the most important and pressing issues of our time do not occur and cannot be addressed at the nation-state level. The issues with which we concern ourselves are inherently transnational, in that they cut across national boundaries, and inherently local, in that they pertain to the lived experiences of ordinary people in their local communities.

Starting Fall 2020, students seeking to register for department courses will register for Global Studies courses with a “GLBL” course prefix (rather than “INTL”).

Featured Course: INTL 410/510: Global Cultures I & II

Also open to Graduate Students as INTL 510 – Global Cultures I (CRN 43656) and INTL 510 Global Cultures II (CRN 43654)!


Find out more about these courses on our “Intercultural Experiences During COVID-19 Restrictions” page. Looking for other Summer 2020 courses? See our post here + the attached list outlining courses that count towards your Block B: Professional Concentration Area and your Block C: Geographic Focus. And check out the UO Class Schedule for more details!

Summer 2020: Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice of Bolivia – #NoPassportNeeded

This is another new Summer 2020 opportunity that you could use to satisfy the INTL Major Intercultural Experience requirement!

INTL 488/588: Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice of Bolivia (6 credits)

Participants will collaborate with Bolivian indigenous peoples and learn how environmental justice, social justice, and indigenous rights are intertwined. In addition to learning through lectures, guest presentations, virtual tours, and readings, students will work on remote service learning projects prioritized by Guarayo and Chiquitano/Monkox indigenous peoples. UO Professor Derrick


Summer 2020 Featured Courses: INTL 250 – Value Systems in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Fulfill your Block A Core Foundation Requirement this Summer! Class starts June 22nd. Register today!

Fulfills INTL major requirements: Block A Core Foundation requirement Fulfills Core Ed Requirements: Social Science Group 2 Global Perspectives, Multicultural International Cultures Fulfills Breadth Requirements for General Social Sciences major with a specialization in Globalization, Environment and Policy.