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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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Program News

I Want Your Job: Educational Group Travel Planner and Guide
Posted on 21 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
Originally Posted on The College Today: 20 May 2015 | 9:47 am By: Hannah Ashe Ginnie Poveromo ’07 headed west from Charleston following her graduation with a psychology degree. She and a fellow alum moved to Wyoming for the summer to explore Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton Mountains, among the state’s other natural offerings. Now Poveromo […]
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On the Eve of the 2015 Commencement, we Check-In with a Recent Grad
Posted on 15 May 2015 | 7:22 pm
By: Leland Gross (’14) I have taken nine months after graduating to be a part of a 9 month leadership development program through the National Prayer Breakfast, the second largest annual event that the president attends and speaks at, and the National Student Leadership Forum. The NPB is an annual event hosted by the House and […]
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Program Events

“Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala”
    Tomorrow at 6pm in Addlestone 227, Kirsten Weld will present her talk, “Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala,” which examines the discovery and rescue of Guatemala’s secret police archives. Anyone interested in human rights work, the politics of memory, and transitional justice will not want to miss this!
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