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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.

Student Opportunities

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 individal work can be developed into 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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Summer 2015 courses now posted
Posted on 27 February 2015 | 9:40 am
On March 10th registration will open for Summer 2015 courses.  Take note of summer course offerings which can be applied toward the International Studies major: If you are planning to study abroad this summer with CofC, the deadline is March 15. In just one month (beginning March 26) registration will open for the Fall […]
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I Want Your Job: Owner of Surf Company in Costa Rica
Posted on 25 February 2015 | 2:41 pm
From the College Today (25 February 2015 | 11:57 amBy: Melissa Whetzel) Phillip Hall ’09 gets paid to be on vacation. He spends his days surfing in Costa Rica, traveling the country and capturing it all in photos and video. He’s the owner of a Costa Rican surf/travel company. When the hospitality and tourism management major graduated […]
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