Developing global awareness and cultural competency


Established in 2019, Illinois Global Institute is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s area and global studies centers and thematic programs. These 11 centers and programs develop global awareness and cultural competency through a combination of faculty research and professional development, curricular internationalization, student-life activities, international experiences, and outreach and public engagement.  

Upcoming Events

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Archaeological Field School: Exploring Ancestral Maya Neighborhoods

Six-week field school, May 15-June 25, 2024, provides students with hands on experience in the techniques of archaeological survey and excavation in the context of a large research project in central Belize.

ANTH 454/455

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Black Diasporic Religions

This course examines the diversity of Black religious life that emerges within the context of the absurd. It focuses our attention on the ways in which African Americans employ religion as the vehicle through which to dream of other worlds while resisting white supremacy and its religion.

AFRO 398

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Introduction to Modern African Literature

This introductory course will explore major trends and themes in African literature from the mid-20th century to the present day. We will examine how African writers have responded to the challenges of colonialism, postcolonialism, globalization, and modernity.

AFST 210

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Economic Systems in Africa

This course examines the fundamentals of economic development in Africa. It will provide students the tools and concepts to think about development in a way that is consistent with economic theory, informed by empirical research, and practically connected to policy.

ACE 254