Center for International Studies
  • Ambassador Pickering Delivers 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture
    Ambassador Pickering Delivers 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture

    Six-time U.S.  Ambassador and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering will deliver the 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture titled, “Challenges Facing U.S. Foreign Policy to 2016” on March 19.  

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  • UST Hosts Japan Food Festival Houston
    UST Hosts Japan Food Festival Houston

    Attend the Japan Food Festival Houston: A Feast Beyond Raw & Rice, and enjoy a sampling of Japanese cuisine, culture and entertainment on the UST campus on Nov. 22.

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  • UST Announces New Strategic Areas Certificate Program
    UST Announces Strategic Areas Certificate Program

    The US government has identified East Asia, North Africa-Middle East and Russia as emerging areas of strategic priority in diplomacy, commerce and security. To give students more options to study these regions, the School of Arts & Sciences has announced the creation of the new Strategic Areas Certificate Program, or SACP.

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  • Alumnaís Translation Co. Earns HBJ Honors
    Alumnaís Translation Co. Earns HBJ Honors

    Flor Dimassi is a 1992 international studies graduate and founder of a company recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of the city’s fastest growing woman-owned businesses. 

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  • Sindelar Weaves Foreign Service in Middle East Class
    Sindelar Weaves Foreign Service in Middle East Class

    As a retired U.S. foreign service officer, Richard Sindelar wants his international studies students to gain the practical training they need to be prepared for diplomacy or business, not just the theory.

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  • Internships


    Through the network of International Studies faculty and alumni, Center for International Studies students have access to numerous internship opportunities.

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    Distinguished Diplomat

    Distinguished Diplomat  

    A lecture series to promote and deepen understanding of the U.S. Foreign Service and the profound skills Foreign Service Officers bring to the art of diplomacy.

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    Support the Center

    Support the Center  

    The Center for International Studies is Houston’s oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. There are many opportunities to support the Center.

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    International Studies Degree Programs
    International Studies Major
    Explore how the human family is connected through an interdisciplinary major that combines the study of culture, economics, politics and international relations. Students develop skills in language, critical and analytical thinking, written and oral communication and cross-cultural communications. Read more...
    International Development Major
    The international development major seeks to integrate economic, social and political activities. Combined with courses in finance, economics and accounting from the Cameron School of Business, students identify common themes of importance to human development. Read more …
    International Business
    The International Business degree program is a joint collaboration between the Cameron School of Business and the Center for International Studies to educate technically skilled and ethical future leaders of global commerce. Read more...
    International Studies Minor
    In this modern, interconnected world, students majoring in other fields can benefit from an international perspective. A minor will complement other majors by providing insight into foreign political, social and economic systems and heighten cross-cultural communication skills. Read more …
    Joint Major
    Joint majors are available that integrate International Studies requirements with those of Catholic studies, communication, political science, romance languages and Spanish. Read more …

    News at the Center
    Ambassador Witnesses to Vaticanís Global Diplomacy
    Ambassador Francis Rooney, who was U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008, discussed his recent book, “The Global Vatican” on Feb. 11, at a dinner hosted by the Center for International Studies Distinguished Diplomat Program.  During his time at the Holy See, the Ambassador witnessed the quiet yet crucial diplomacy pursued by the pope through the Vatican’s extensive global diplomatic network. 

    Distinguished Diplomat Talk Explores Energy as Geopolitical Tool
    The Distinguished Diplomat Program of the Center for International Studies hosted James Karna, former senior attorney for Aramco Services Company, on Nov. 6. Karna presented a luncheon talk titled “The Use of Energy as a Weapon in the 21st Century.” Karna spoke with students, faculty and friends of the University—including former U.S. ambassadors Christopher Ashby and Chase Untermeyer—about the use of energy as a geopolitical tool to influence countries’ actions.

    DOE Grant Funds International Studies Certificate
    The University of St. Thomas was awarded a two-year grant for approximately $176,000 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

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    Center for International Studies
    Established in 1981, the Center for International Studies is Houston's oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. International Studies prepares students for careers in international business, law, politics and public service. In addition, the Center promotes understanding of international relations, cultural differences and the benefits that come from cooperation within the human family.
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