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Global Studies: Language and Culture

Global Studies is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary subject area that explores the concept of globalization and the interrelationships of peoples and states.

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This page includes resources for the study of language, linguistics, and cultural issues.

Policy Research Centers

  • Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs - Chatham House's mission is to be a world-leading source of independent analysis, informed debate and influential ideas on how to build a prosperous and secure world for all.
  • New Global History - Mission Statement: "[T]o encourage both theorizing and the carrying out of empirical research concerning the processes of globalization....employing both a historical (in which history is conceived of in interdisciplinary terms) and a transcultural perspective."
  • Pew Research CenterThe Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues. In this role it serves as a valuable information resource for political leaders, journalists, scholars and citizens.

Departments at UIUC Relating to Language and Culture

  • Department of AnthropologyAs anthropologists, we explore the human condition across time and space. Whether through the study of unburied artifacts, the human genome, grammatical categories or religious ritual, our mission is a holistic enterprise facing a fragmented world.
  • Department of LinguisticsThe Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the oldest, largest, and most distinguished departments of linguistics in the United States, attracting students from all over the world. With faculty members covering all major areas of linguistic research, the department offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree programs.
  • Department of Landscape ArchitectureThe Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the oldest programs of landscape architecture and is a leader in professional development and scholarship. Students in the program benefit from internationally recognized faculty, state of the art research and educational facilities, and a supportive professional community.
  • Department of FrenchThe Department of French at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, provides a rich program with ample opportunities for interdisciplinary study and with important strengths in literary interpretation, critical theory, the study of civilization, cinema, theoretical and applied linguistics, and computer-assisted teaching.
  • Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures We teach German and Scandinavian languages, and offer courses in literary and cultural studies from the Middle Ages to the present, in historical and applied linguistics, and in film studies and critical theory.
  • Department of Spanish, Italian, and PortugueseAs part of a premier research institution, our goal is to create and advance cutting-edge new knowledge in the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of the Spanish, Italian and Portuguese-speaking worlds, Hispanic and Romance linguistics and second language acquisition thereby producing the next generation of leaders in these academic fields and other related areas of knowledge.
  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures - The Slavic Department at the University of Illinoisregularly teaches courses in Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish languages. 

Language and Linguistics

Global Cultures

  • eHRAF World Cultures: eHRAF World Cultures identifies information describing cultural practices worldwide.
  • American Bibliography of Slavic & Eastern European Studies: American Bibliography of Slavic & Eastern European Studies offers indexed journals, books, dissertations, online resources and selected government publications on East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. Subject areas include anthropology, culture & the arts, economics, education, and geography. The literature was originally published in the U.S. and Canada from 1939-present.
  • Family & Society Studies Worldwide - a database providing comprehensive coverage of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of Family Science, Human Ecology, Human Development, and Social Welfare.

Islamic Studies

  • Index Islamicus: Index Islamicus identifies publications in European languages covering all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, including history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literature. Index Islamicus includes content published by Western orientalists, social scientists and Muslims from 1906 - present.
    Oxford Islamic Studies Online: Oxford Islamic Studies Online identifies primary and secondary sources through searching or browsing on Islamic topics. Oxford Islamic Studies Online also provides timelines and learning resources. 
    Encyclopedia of Islam - The Encyclopedia of Islam has long been the definitive publication covering the whole scope of Islamic religion, life, and culture.
  • Bibliography on Islam in Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa Contains more than 4,300 references in European languages from 1960 to 2005.

Historical Information

Books on this Topic from the CGS Virtual Bookshelf

Browse these titles from the Center for Global Studies Virtual Bookshelf, or search the bookshelf yourself to find more!