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 aim of furthering the internationalization goals of the School and College and provide students with the skills needed to become global citizens. The major was designed to be rigorous and comprehensive. 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.
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. Many INTL majors also elect to complete an Independent Study, for some ambitious students, this individual work can lead to a two-semester, 6 credit hour Bachelors Essay. Students who complete twelve credit hours, including a Bachelors Essay on an International Studies related topic are eligible to receive Departmental Honors.
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