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Honors and Awards

Information on the International Studies program's Honors and Awards.

Departmental Honors

Students eligible to be considered for Department Honors must have a grade point average in the major of at least 3.5, and completion of a minimum of 12 hours of “exceptionally fine work.” The 12 hours must include the completion of an exceptional 6 hour bachelor's essay in addition to outstanding work in the major.

In order to be considered for departmental honors students need to write a short abstract of their Bachelor's Essay (email it to wuigks@cofc.edu) and have their Bachelor's Essay advisor fill out an evaluation form by April 15th.

Outstanding Student Award

In order to be considered for this award, students must have a minimum 3.80 GPA in the major. In addition, students must have done exceptionally well in the INTL 350 and INTL 495 courses. Finally, students must have completed at least 92 hours at the College of Charleston. Students who complete less than 92 hours at the College are eligible for the Outstanding Transfer Student Award.

Outstanding Transfer Student Award

In order to be considered for this award, students must have a minimum 3.80 GPA in the major. In addition, students must have done exceptionally well in the INTL 350 and INTL 495 courses.

President's List (Highly Distinguished)

The honor of inclusion on the College of Charleston's Dean's List is awarded to students who were enrolled in and completed at least 14 semester hours and earned a GPA of 3.800 or higher.

Dean's List (Distinguished)

The honor of inclusion on the College of Charleston's Dean's List is awarded to students who were enrolled in and completed at least 14 semester hours and earned a GPA of 3.600 or higher.

International Studies Honor Roll

The honor roll recognizes International Studies majors each semester who have taken a minimum of 14 credit hours during the term and earned a term GPA of 3.6 or higher. 

Sigma Iota Rho (National Honor Society)

"Membership in Sigma Iota Rho is intended not only to enhance the credentials of its members, though public recognition of the best and the brightest students in international studies is one of our main purposes, but is meant to encourage a life-long devotion to a better understanding of the world we live in and to continuing support for and engagement in education, service, and occupational activities that reflect the mission of Sigma Iota Rho. In that way we do not limit ourselves to once-a-year pats on the back during the induction of new members, but internalize the belief that our purpose for studying international affairs is not only to position ourselves to succeed in a globalized society, but to make the world we live in a better place through our contributions in our work and day-to-day life."

- Frank Plantan, PhD. National Director, Sigma Iota Rho