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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

Congrats to our INTL majors who have been recognized for Nationally Competitive awards!
Posted on 23 April 2015 | 11:32 am
This afternoon the annual national awards reception hosted by the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. The reception will be held at 4:00 in Stern Ballroom. Representatives from each school and Academic Affairs will be on hand as we celebrate a record year for Fulbright applicants and recipients along with many other successes with the Goldwater, […]
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Mueller Wins 2015 Rudd Faculty Award for Service Leadership
Posted on 22 April 2015 | 10:36 am
Original Article Source:  Professor Rene Mueller, Director of the International Business Program in the School of Business, is the recipient of the 2015 Howard F. Rudd Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award for Service Leadership. The award was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding, high-performing business professors who lead by example and advance the mission and global […]
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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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