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    Southern Oregon University
  Dec 11, 2017
2012-13 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies Program

Taylor 121

Coordinator  Associated Faculty    
John Richards Shamsul Alam    
  Anne Chambers    
  Adriana Gordillo    
  Ken Kempner    
  Wesley Leonard    
  Sean McEnroe    
  Michael Niemann    
  James Phillips    
  Jessica Piekielek    
  Cynthia White    
  Linda Wilcox Young    

Part of the Social Sciences, Policy, and Culture Department, International Studies explores global events and the origins of contemporary conditions from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary international economic and political affairs grounded in a cultural, historical, and social context. A combination of academic and experiential learning is encouraged, especially participation in Study  Abroad and international internships. Students are encouraged to select a regional emphasis that reflects their interests and provides a focus for applying theory and concepts. The program requirement of second-language skills further expands students’ worldviews and enriches their cultural understanding.

A major in International Studies prepares students for creative work in an increasingly globalized world, including careers in government service, business, law, journalism, social services, teaching, and international development and non-governmental organizations. International Studies also provides a broad foundation for graduate study in a variety of social science, interdisciplinary, and regional studies programs.

Majors must work closely with the program coordinator to develop language proficiencies, select courses to meet major requirements, and plan study abroad and internship experiences and minors or second majors. Students should note that most upper division courses have prerequisites, and many are taught on a rotating schedule.  International Studies majors can efficiently, with early planning and advising, complete second majors in anthropology, economics or a foreign language, or may complete minors in anthropology, economics, a foreign language, geography, history, political science, Latin American studies, or sociology.

Program Requirements






International Studies