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University Center for International Studies—Global Studies

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor: Elaine Linn
Assistant Director for Global Studies
Global Studies Program
4101 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Fax: 412-624-4672

The Global Studies Program provides students with a "global competence," the ability to communicate effectively across cultural and linguistic boundaries and to focus on issues that transcend cultures and continents. The global studies graduate certificate is a joint offering of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and is open to all students enrolled in a graduate program at the University.

The Global Studies Program draws on the strengths of the Area Studies Centers within the University Center for International Studies and the departments and schools at the University of Pittsburgh. The Asian Studies Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Center for West European Studies have been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as National Resource Centers. The University Library System possesses extensive holdings of books and journals to support research and study in these world areas.

Admission to Global Studies Program

Applications to the Global Studies Program may be submitted either at the same time as applications to the University or after the student has been admitted. In either case, students cannot be accepted until they have received notification of admission to the University of Pittsburgh.

Students holding a master’s degree from an accredited institution may obtain the Graduate Certificate in Global Studies. They may apply directly to the program if they wish to enroll only for the graduate certificate.

Requirements for Certificates

Graduate students complete six courses (18 credits) in global studies, successfully complete three years of college level second language study, and write a research paper on a global topic.

Students take four courses in a thematic concentration and two courses that reflect that thematic interest in a regional area. Regional concentrations include Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and the Middle East. The graduate certificate offers six thematic concentrations:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Economy and Global Governance
  • Changing Identities in a Global World
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Global Health
  • Communication, Technology, and Society

In planning coursework, each graduate student works closely with the global studies academic advisor to develop a cohesive program of study uniting the language, the region in which it is spoken, and the chosen thematic concentration.

Global Studies Program Course List

Global Studies Faculty Affiliates

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