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Faculty: 5

Available for: Major, Minor

Emphasis Within the Major: self-selected global issue or perspective

Understand the world's-cultures, languages and social systems like a pro.

Traveling and working abroad has always been a dream of yours. Understandig other languages and cultures is just a small part of what you would like to learn about in college, but you need a direct route to your dream career. Taking on a program especially known for its rigor in modern languages, social sciences and hands-on study abroad experiences will give you a head start to that career.

As an interdisciplinary program, the international studies program gives you the flexibility to address broad issues or geographical areas of your own choosing. Courses within the program highlight Stetson University's strengths in international and language study and study abroad. Since the program is based heavily on contemporary issues and languages, you will be encouraged to take on complimentary programs such as global literatures, political science, economics, sociology and education.

Another opportunity given to Stetson University international studies students is the intensive annual two-day symposium on international affairs. This symposium allows students to engage in lectures, panel discussions and classroom visits involving both in-house and invited academic and professional specialists. Many similar opportunities take place throughout the academic year, driven by Stetson University's academically engaged and active faculty and students.

Academics and Research

Independent Research

During your senior year, you will be expected to complete a senior research project under the guidence of a faculty member within our program.

Facilities and Opportunities

Each year Stetson University invites distinguished scholars to campus for an intensive two-day symposium on international affairs. Stetson University students encounter these scholars in lectures, panel discussions and classroom visits. During the last three years, the symposia have focused on the Middle East, the Gorbachev Revolution and world politics, and the transition toward democracy in South Africa.

Preparation for Graduate Study

International studies can strengthen preparation for admission to graduate programs or professional schools of law or medicine.

Awards and Recognition

Distinguished Faculty

The program's interdisciplinary nature draws on faculty from across the university. The program director is:

  • William R. Nylen, Ph.D., Columbia University (Comparative Politics), M.A., Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (International Economics and Latin American Politics)

Grant-Funded Research

Students are encouraged to take part in the Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience program. Each year undergraduate scholars are selected in a university-wide competition for grants to work with a faculty mentor on a summer research project.

Courses and Curriculum

» View the Stetson University Course Catalog for more information on the curriculum and courses for this academic program.