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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

Call for Papers: Get your Work Published!
Posted on 15 October 2014 | 11:32 am
Get ready to register for Spring 2015 classes!
Posted on 13 October 2014 | 10:17 am
Registration will open on October 24.  If you haven’t already done so, schedule an appointment with your INTL faculty adviser and be sure to check out the list of upcoming courses: REMEMBER: INTL 300, INTL 495 and EUST 400 must be requested (enrollment is not automatic), please consult with your adviser to find out […]
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Program Events

World Cultures Fair at MUSC’s Harper Wellness Center
As part of the national celebration of International Education week (November 17-21), the College of Charleston is collaborating with MUSC, Charleston Southern University, and The Citadel to host the 3rd Annual World Culture Fair on Wednesday, November 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm at MUSC’s Harper Wellness Center. This free event will offer tasty dishes from around […]
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Celebrating 15 years of the CofC Cuba Study Abroad Program!
Monday, November 17 – Alumni Night Addlestone Library, Room 227 5:30 – 7:30pm  Film Screening of “A Summer in Cuba: College of Charleston, University of the World” (an original film) Faculty & student panel discussion Reception to follow with live music by Justin Osborne Tuesday, November 18 – Commemoration Night Tate Center, Room 207 & […]
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