Global Connections

Global Connections

Understand communities and our common issues around the world through cultural literacy and perspectives. In the Global Connections flight path, you’ll have the opportunity to discover similarities and appreciate differences, as our world becomes ever vaster and yet more interconnected. Examine the diversity of human societies through the lenses of language, expression, and history.

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Your Global Connections Team

Courtney Garcia, Assistant Director

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Courtney is the Assistant Director for College and Career Advising for the Global Connections and Scientific Discovery and Sustainability Flight Paths. Courtney has been advising for eight years and worked at the UO for over two years. What Courtney enjoys most about working in higher education is helping students achieve their academic/personal/career goals and learning new things from students. Courtney is also currently a member of the UO Dreamers working group. In their free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family, traveling and salsa dancing.

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Alyssa Hernon, Academic and Career Advisor


Alyssa is an advisor in the Global Connections Flight Path within Tykeson College and Career Advising. Alyssa received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from New York University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds a Master's degree in Transnational Crime, Justice, and Security from the University of Glasgow. Alyssa loves the opportunities universities provide to explore and create one’s future, and she’s excited to collaborate with students as they build their college and career paths. In her free time, Alyssa can be found reading, traveling, or starting a new television show.

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Adam Hinkley, Academic and Career Advisor


Adam Hinkley has been advising students in the Global Connections Flight Path in Tykeson College and Career Advising since April 2021 after previously working as an advisor at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Arizona. He is excited to be back at his alma mater, having graduated with a degree in Spanish and History from the University of Oregon. Adam is an avid UO sports fan and also enjoys being outdoors, playing guitar, and learning languages. Adam has been to 21 US states and 7 countries and has also lived in Brazil, Chile, and China.

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Bethany Runsten, Academic and Career Advisor

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Bethany Runsten is an advisor in the Global Connections Flight Path within Tykeson College and Career Advising. They earned their B.A. in Global Studies and a minor in Economics from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Bethany also earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Utah in 2019. Prior to coming to the UO in June 2021, Bethany served as a Residence Hall Director at Cornell University, and in various residential life, LGBTQIA+ student services, and multicultural student support positions in Ohio, Utah, and South Korea. In their free time, Bethany can typically be found reading, dancing to pop music, relaxing with their housemates’ two cats, or doing yoga.

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Global Connections Majors

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • German and Scandinavian Studies


  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics


  • Pre-Global Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance Languages
  • Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Scandinavian
  • Spanish

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