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International Studies

The international studies program at Susquehanna University is an interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in issues beyond the borders of the United States. Students may focus on a region of the world (such as Europe or the developing world) or may choose to concentrate on a theme (such as international diplomacy, international trade, or environmental issues). Working closely with their faculty advisor, students take courses for their major in more than one academic department. This flexibility allows students to design a plan of study geared to their own individual interests. The international studies major prepares students for work in government, international organizations, and business or for advanced study in graduate or law school.

Honors. To graduate with honors in international studies, majors must:

  • maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 in the major and 3.0 overall;
  • inform their faculty advisor by the beginning of their senior year that they wish to pursue honors.
  • consult with faculty advisors to design and begin work on a research paper of substantial length at the beginning of their senior seminar
  • complete and publicly present and defend, an honors-quality project in the spring of their senior year

Off Campus Study Opportunities. Students in international studies are especially urged to study off campus, whether they choose to study abroad or participate in an internship. Associate Professor Scott Manning, director of international study programs, helps students to find international programs that both meet the individual interests and are affordable. Susquehanna students can choose from numerous study abroad programs, offering travel and study to six continents. In recent years, Susquehanna students have studied in Austria, Germany, Ecuador, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, France, Costa Rica, Denmark, Namibia and China, among others.

Like study abroad, internships combine academics with practical experience. American University's Washington Semester Program has a number of fields in which international studies students may specialize, including foreign policy, conflict resolution, and international environment and development. Students have also participated in the Drew University United Nations Semester, the Lutheran College Programs in Washington, D.C., and the Washington Center for Internships, which arranges multinational placements. See the Active Learning section for more information.

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