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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 aim of furthering the internationalization goals of the School and College and provide students with the skills needed to become global citizens.  The major was designed to be rigorous and comprehensive. 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. 

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 individual work can lead to 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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Upcoming Events

International Studies Program Colloquium

Session II:

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 5pm, RSS 235

"International Games (Olympics, World Cup, Commonwealth Games) - Politics of Global Development"


Introduction: Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup

The Commonwealth Games in Delhi

Social issues of the World Cup in South Africa

The Olympics in Brazil and Zika

Session III:

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 5pm, Addlestone Library room 227

"Migration and Borders"


“A Refugee Crisis, not an Immigration Crisis” NYT (July 2014) (on unaccompanied children fleeing Central America seeking asylum in the US)

 “The real refugee crisis is in the Middle East, not Europe,” Washington Post (May 2016) (report on an interdisciplinary academic study based on fieldwork in MENA)

“Refugee Crisis Deepens Political Polarization in the West,” Migration Policy Institute (Dec 2015)

This can serve as an overview of migration hotspots. It is a slide show that we will not discuss specifically but it is a great source for background information:

“The Global Refugee Crisis, Region by Region,” NYT (Aug 2015, brief overviews of Balkans, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Mediterranean Sea, Eastern Europe)