About Global Studies

SSMS Building - Photo

January 2014 marked the fourteenth anniversary of the establishment of UCSB’s pioneering Global & International Studies Program. When established in early 1999, it was widely recognized as one of the nation's first interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in international studies to focus on globalization. Today, the Program has a highly successful Masters Program in Global Studies, a PhD emphasis in Global Studies, and began accepting applications for its PhD in Global Studies last fall, 2014.

More About the Program -

Contact Us

Mailing Address
University of California
Global & International Studies Program
Social Sciences & Media Studies Bldg., 2nd floor
Campus Mail Code: 7065
Santa Barbara , CA 93106-7065

Undergraduate: (805) 893-7860
Graduate: (805) 893-4668
Fax: (805) 893-8003

Program Directory
Campus Maps

Support the Program

We invite you to be part of the Program’s success in educating the next generation of leaders. More info...


Search form

UCSB Department of Global Studies

UCSB’s Global Studies Department Welcomes the New School Year

MA alumna, Alanna Pardee, Internship in Nambia.

MA alumna, Alanna Pardee, during internship in Nambia, 2009.

MA candidate, Miranda Fox and Former President Bill Clinton.

MA candidate, Miranda Fox and Former President Bill Clinton.

Global News

The international Summer School, “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power,” is an undertaking that aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of the hidden agenda of modernity (that is, coloniality) in the sphere of knowledge and higher education. This course is offered through the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues, in Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Our very own Professor Giles Gunn examines evolution of global ethics, and his own thinking in his new book Ideas to Live For.


“When I got the chance to move into global studies, it was as though I’d finally found myself, at what was then age 60, in the field I’d always been longing to identify myself with,” said Gunn, a UCSB faculty member since 1985 and a founder of the institution’s well-regarded global studies program. “And since then I’ve been able, in a much more indulgent, but also an active and aggressive way, to pursue the kind of intellectual issues I really am grappling with. I’ve always been interested in ethical questions. What is the better life to be led under particular circumstances, in the face of certain specific challenges? 

"The Haiti Sustainable Development Research Collaborative : The Carrefour - Feuilles Neighborhood Redevelopment Project"

Along with undergraduate and Ph.D students, Professor Nadege Clitandre took a trip to Haiti in June 2015 where they tried to conceptualize short and long term development prospect in the earthquake- devastate community of Carrefour- Feuilles. The UCSB community interacted with different Haitian communities, ranging from governmental leaders to grassroots organizations and residents.

Professor Richard Falk's recent article the Foreign Policy...

Global Events

Chantal Thomas and Ariela Gross critiques some publicicsts against slavery and in the...

  1. February 8, 2016 - 4:00pm

Few global studies scholars would object to the proposition that their field is significantly...

  1. February 17, 2016 - 12:00pm

Kimberly Kay Hoanh, from University of Chicago Dept. of Sociology, will be speaking about...

  1. February 22, 2016 - 4:00pm