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 Global Studies. 

Student Opportunities

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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Webinar - Afghan Refugee Resettlement: From Global Challenges to Local Best Practices

 On January 31, 2022, the International Studies program at the College of Charleston hosted an interdisciplinary panel of Afghan-American scholars, organizers, and activists engaged with current events in Afghanistan and the national effort to resettle Afghans in the United States and especially in Charleston.




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March 29th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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April 2nd from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
From the Shtetl to Hollywood, from the Torah to Comic books: Jewish humor is tradition and pop culture. Who owns Jewish humor – and who owns the laughter? This event features a discussion with CofC [...]
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April 13th from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
The Hispanic Studies Distinguished Lecture Series presents Eric Hirsch, environmental anthropologist and assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College, to talk about his book, Acts of Growth: [...]
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