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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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Center for International Education Volunteer Programs
Posted on 29 January 2015 | 9:52 am
The Center for International Education offers two student volunteer programs- Study Abroad Peer Advisors and Cougar Ambassadors. We are currently seeking volunteers for next academic year. Below are brief descriptions of the volunteer programs: Cougar Ambassador (CA) Program- Current CofC students are matched with incoming international students to help the students transition to CofC. CAs […]
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World Affairs Council of Charleston Welcomes Cuba-USA relations expert, Julia Sweig
Posted on 6 January 2015 | 1:35 pm
The World Affairs Council of Charleston is pleased to present another of its timely, pop-up lectures.  On Friday, January 23 at 5 pm, Dr. Julia E. Sweig will speak about what we can expect regarding the future of Cuba—USA relations.  The lecture will be held in the auditorium of the College of Charleston’s School of […]
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