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International Studies Program

The International Studies (INTL) program is an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary international program housed in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs (LCWA).  The International Studies Program has offered a minor since the early 1980's, but a major was not added until after the establishment of the LCWA in 2006.  This decision was made with the consensus that a major in International Studies was both viable and necessary for furthering the internationalization goals of the School and College.  The major was designed to be quite rigorous and competitive, it requires that students complete three years of a foreign language, engage in a study or internship abroad experience, and that they select an area of concentration in which to specialize.  There are five areas of concentration to select from, four of these are region specific (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean); the fifth is in International Comparative Literature.  The goal of this program is to provide students with the skills needed to become global citizens.

History of the program at the College of Charleston

The importance and popularity of the International Studies program was made apparent when after just two full semesters the first student graduated with an INTL major.  The success of the program was further demonstrated when it was reported that International Studies was the fastest growing major from 2010-2011 after only its first year.  The program has now grown to include over 200 declared majors and 70 minors in International Studies program.  For current students who stand out academically in the International Studies program, there is the option to join the Charleston Chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the National Honor Society for International Studies. And, incoming Honors students with an interest in International Studies have the opportunity to become International Scholars. Through a competitive process, ten Scholars were selected to join the program in the Fall 2013 term.

In May 2013 we graduated 40 majors whose average Cumulative GPA was 3.278 and Major GPA was 3.326.  Among our graduates, we have one who participated in the inGenius! event, a winner of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a Finalist for the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay award, a recipient of the Freeman - ASIA scholarship, and a Truman Scholarship Finalist and 10 Sigma Iota Rho members.

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Program News

Tillis Named Dean of School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs
Posted on 22 May 2014 | 2:29 pm 22 May 2014 | 1:50 pm By: Mike Robertson The College of Charleston announced today that Antonio D. Tillis has been named the new dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Tillis will join the College on July 1. Tillis comes to the College of Charleston from Dartmouth College, where he […]
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Posted on 7 May 2014 | 8:35 am 5 May 2014 | 2:10 pm By: Ron Menchaca Contact: Katie Dean Williams, assistant director for student life media & marketing, 843.953.5289 There’s a moment just before a competition dive when everything goes silent. That’s the part College of Charleston junior Nicole DeMarco loves most. The tense stillness, the sense that everybody is watching […]
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Program Events

“Waging Peace” Thursday, April 24 from 5:30-7:30pm
“ Waging Peace” — INVITATION  —— Come one come all! What:  A Peace Corps Celebration at the College of Charleston   PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER   COSTA RICA  1971 All citizens interested in the Peace Corps experience are invited to a special showing of “Waging Peace” by acclaimed documentarian Allen Mondell  (RPCV, see link below)who is coming to town […]
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