The Global Studies Program at Northeastern Illinois University creates a forum for exploring the varied processes and products of our increasingly interconnected world through interdisciplinary study. By taking a deeply historical perspective, and discerning the mutual influence of the “global” and the “local,” we can more fully capture the transformations at work in this emergent field. The program traces multiple manifestations and constructions of community and identity, capitalism and consumption, technology and space, language and art, social movements, political ideologies, and multi-level governance in the contemporary world.
Global Studies is designed to provide students with the critical analytical skills needed to assess the world around them and their place within it. A rigorous, multi-track curriculum brings together theory and application, addressing questions and debates essential to the field: from radical changes in the political economy of globalization to ongoing fluctuations in perceptions and definitions of cultural identities, from the vibrant exchange among literary, artistic, and intellectual figures to the proliferation of cross-national institutions and networks, from issues of sustainability around changes in ecology and geography to conceptual shifts in ideas and discourses.