Centers & Programs

Center for African Studies

The Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois is committed to providing comprehensive and excellent education opportunities for our students. The Center's activities and programs are a testimony to the strength and vibrancy of African studies on this campus.

Established in 1970, the Center has an outstanding Africana library collection, a wide range of course offerings, including regular instruction in African languages, and an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree program. The size and quality of its faculty is impressive, as well as its outreach program which serves the Urbana-Champaign community, the state of Illinois, the Midwest region, and the nation. Over the years, mutually beneficial linkages have been established with numerous African universities and independent research institutions. The Center is also known for its dynamic extracurricular programming, including seminars and conferences, as well as innovative, multi-disciplinary research projects.

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Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies offers campus-wide programming, off-campus outreach activities, and international collaborations for promoting greater knowledge and understanding of East Asia and the Pacific region. CEAPS is a National Resource Center, funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, and provides FLAS fellowships to Illinois graduate and undergraduate students for advanced East Asian language learning. CEAPS’s community includes about 100 faculty affiliates in many disciplines, who assist the Center’s affairs.

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Center for Global Studies

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education. Our mission aims to promote and support innovative research to better understand global issues confronting the world’s populations and identify ways to cope with and resolve these challenges.

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Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) serves students, faculty, and scholars from across the University of Illinois campus as well as communities throughout Illinois and the Midwest by promoting innovative research, teaching, and public awareness of Latin American and the Caribbean. With more than 130 faculty affiliates across 10 colleges and schools, CLACS strives to advance the field of Latin American and Caribbean Studies by driving interdisciplinary collaborations at local, regional, and global scales of inquiry.  CLACS offers a BA, MA, and graduate minor in Latin American Studies, Quechua language training, student and faculty research support, and Latin America-focused programming and outreach.

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Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, promotes teaching and scholarship on South Asia and the Middle East and fosters a greater public understanding of these globally influential regions. CSAMES (pronounced see-sayms) offers undergraduate minors in South Asian Studies and Islamic World Studies and a Master’s of Arts degree with a concentration in South Asian or Middle East Studies. CSAMES works with more than a dozen departments across the Illinois campus and over 70 affiliated faculty who bring to the Center their expertise and diverse areas of interest.

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European Union Center

The European Union Center serves as the focal point for teaching, research, and outreach on the European Union at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 1998, the Center is dedicated to promoting scholarly research on the EU as a national resource center, strengthening curricula on the EU across campus, educating the next generation of experts on EU and transatlantic affairs, and reaching out to K-12 educators and students, businesses, government leaders, the media, and the general public to deepen understanding between the peoples of the US and the EU. The EU Center also proudly offers a Master of Arts in EU Studies, the first such degree program in the US.

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The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Established in 2009, the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies promotes teaching and research about Brazil by faculty and students at Illinois and their Brazilian counterparts, who take advantage of the extensive resources available at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Building on long-standing collaboration with Brazilian scholars in economics and agriculture, as well as nearly a half-century of teaching and research in Brazilian literature and history, the Institute fosters knowledge and understanding of Brazil across disciplines and colleges. It does this by offering fellowships to UIUC and Brazilian students at graduate and undergraduate levels; funding faculty research; organizing international conferences on Brazilian topics; and supporting cultural activities of all sorts.

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Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security

The Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security is an interdisciplinary venture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that facilitates objective research, academics, and outreach about international security issues within the academic and policymaking communities.

ACDIS successfully integrates insights generated by scholars from engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to produce comprehensive analyses that do not reduce security issues to singular and simplifying explanations. International security challenges are approached as complex phenomena that can only be understood through examination of multiple causes and impacts.

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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center since 1959, is committed to combining the highest quality undergraduate and graduate training programs with national service to the profession, individual scholars, schools, and the public. In an era when international knowledge and engagement are a necessity, REEEC's primary mission is to promote understanding of and informed engagement with Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.

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Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives program at the University of Illinois promotes the study of human development in international settings. Because such development has gender, cultural, economic, legal, moral, political, social, and technological dimensions, we emphasize scholarly activities that advance our understanding of how resource  inequalities and gender equity affect individual and community capabilities.

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