Stanford Global Studies students represent the full range of the university's disciplines—from engineering and computer science to performance studies, biology, history, political science, and more. Through their participation in SGS programs, they have acquired global skills, experience, and knowledge—and ultimately, a global mindset—that uniquely prepares them for today's world.
Here, students from across SGS's 14 centers and programs share their favorite experiences, classes, and future plans.
Mustafa Tikka, '21 is graduating with a degree in international relations and minors in global studies (with a specialization in Iran), history, and political science. “These individual programs built on each other as supporting elements to aid my understanding of international relations,” he said. Read more.
“There are so many human rights-centered activities I took part in that have shaped who I am now and the goals I hope to achieve in the future,” said Chloe Stoddard, who graduated this year with a degree in international relations and a minor in human rights. “All of these roles were used to advance gender justice on campus and beyond.” Read more.
Dylan Junkin graduated with a degree in international relations and a minor in human rights. During his undergraduate career, Dylan conducted research on the Islamic State, spent a summer working and making an audio documentary in Uganda, and worked with U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) on a project about PRC influence operations on social media. Read more.
"I chose the energy, environment, and natural resources track, which made me realize how multi-faceted the climate crisis is and the different levels, from international to local, one can choose to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. My environmental science and policy courses also highlighted how different environmental issues in the United States are from those in the rest of the world," said Michael Espinosa, who graduated this year with a degree in international relations and a minor in urban studies. Read more.
Ayushi Tandel graduated this year with a major in computer science and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in South Asian studies. “I wanted to choose fields that I loved and that challenged me to think more deeply about myself and the world around me,” she said. Read more.
"I came to Stanford utterly confused but filled with curiosity, questions, and passion to explore ideas. I took courses that helped me make sense of the world, the problems in it, and myself," said Muskan Shafat, who is graduating this year with a degree in political science and two minors in human rights and global studies, with a specialization in South Asian studies. Read more.
"IR is a great major because it gives you analytical tools which will be useful for any career you pursue, and it allows a lot of flexibility in choosing classes," said Sarah Myers, who graduated with a degree in international relations and a minor in physics. Read more.
"The most fulfilling part of studying IR at Stanford for me has been the flexibility to take such a wide range of courses. I was able to learn about such a wide variety of topics, such as democracy, rule of law, diplomacy, economics, and more," said Kate Churchill, who graduated with a degree in international relations. Read more.
"The most fulfilling part of studying IR has been the flexibility to tailor my course load to my interests and aspirations. Every course has been a foray into a new region of the world, period in history, or area of theory that together have formed a well-rounded program," said Sylvie Ashford, who graduated with a major in international relations and a minor in Arabic. Read more.
"Minoring in global studies gave me the invaluable opportunity to study Iranian politics, culture, language, and public health. The unparalleled instruction I received will last me a lifetime; and I feel eager and equipped to use the lessons learned from my classes to effect meaningful change in medicine and policy." Read more.
Amirah Goldberg, who graduates this year with a degree in political science and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in Iranian studies, says one of her favorite memories from her time at Stanford was sitting just a few feet away from Marjane Satrapi, a French-Iranian film director, at the 10th Annual Bita Prize for Persian Arts. She fondly remembers “getting a personalized, autographed copy of Persepolis.” Read more.
Yawen Tan, M.A. '20 is graduating this year with a master’s degree in East Asian Studies. During her time at Stanford, Yawen’s research centered on visual culture in modern and contemporary China. She focused on topics ranging from pictorial photography in the Republican Era to public art, aesthetics, and spatial politics in contemporary Shanghai. Read more.
Anja Zehfuss is graduating this year with a major in human biology and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies. She chose these academic programs because she was interested in understanding the “systems that contribute to increasing inequality and infectious disease in sub-Saharan Africa.” Read more.
Priya Chatwani is graduating this year with a major in computer science and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in South Asian studies. “I chose to add a global studies minor in order to learn about my South Asian heritage in a formal academic setting. The minor helped me build critical thinking and writing skills outside of my STEM curriculum,” she says. Read more.
“As a first-generation Nigerian-American, I had never gotten the opportunity to engage in academic study that is related to my experience and the experiences of my family, so it was nice to finally get the opportunity to do so at Stanford,” says Peace Edem, who graduates this June with a B.S. in human biology and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies. Read more.