Department Chair: Hans J. Stockton email@example.com
International Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to identifying and understanding ways in which the human family is interconnected, and to exploring implications of those connections. Rooted in the liberal arts curriculum, this major systematically combines courses from several fields with others taught by a faculty versed in different disciplines. Course work, research, internships, and study abroad programs are directed to two major goals. First, students are prepared for post-graduate employment, or should they choose, post-graduate studies in law, business, or the social sciences. Secondly, students will develop an in-depth understanding of and respect for the variety of cultural, political, economic, philosophical, and social conditions within the human family. Academic studies of commercial, political, and social factors challenge students to analyze the intersection of global economic and technological change with varied heritages of history, tradition, and institutionalized response. Examination of these encounters leads to a well-developed awareness of serious contemporary problems which affect human dignity, justice, economic development, governance, peace, security, dispute resolution, and resource allocation. The program requires a high degree of language acquisition, emphasizes superior ability in written expression, and promotes critical analysis and independent inquiry through research.
The broad, extensive knowledge of international affairs provided by this major is sound preparation for private endeavor in the professional and business worlds, for public service, for careers in teaching and research or writing, for personal or organizational vocations to human or societal improvement, or for life as an informed and active citizen in an increasingly integrated world. While imparting knowledge and skills fundamental to the field, the major allows the individual student to combine assorted courses into a program of study adapted to selected personal interests and career objectives.
The Center for International Studies
The Center for International Studies is the home of the International Studies major and minor programs, manages University Study Abroad programs and is the University’s principal vehicle for communication and cooperation with internationally related community organizations. The Center, in cooperation with other academic or public affairs organizations, sponsors conferences, symposia, seminars, and programs on scholarly or current issues in the international field. These are open to the public as well as to the entire University community.
The Center, in response to the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ letter on “Catholic Education and the Church’s Pastoral Mission,” brings an international point of view to the University campus. The Center’s various activities and programs are together directed to fostering actively a “closer union of the peoples of the world” which bishops noted is becoming ever more possible through the development and spread of “modern means of transportation and communication."