Majors & Minors

International Studies

The Southwestern International Studies program is designed for students interested in understanding other cultures and the global systems—economic, social, religious, intellectual, political, aesthetic and environmental—that influence them and, in turn, the world.

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Eric Selbin

Professor & Chair

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512.863.1604

Eric Selbin

Professor & Chair

International Studies
International Studies

An increasingly global society calls for an increasingly global citizenry. As technology expands our reach, and both culture and commerce move beyond traditional barriers, the ability to understand and move comfortably through multiple cultures and societies are increasingly necessary.

International Studies students explore international issues from a broad perspective, through a variety of means: by studying a particular area of the world in depth; by acquiring an understanding of how that area fits into a global context; by using a particular major as a base from which to explore several disciplinary approaches to another culture; by learning a language used in their geographical area of emphasis; and by the experience of living in another culture while studying it.

A degree in International Studies is appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers in law, government, business and international agencies, and provides a particularly valuable foundation for graduate study in the humanities and social sciences.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

Amy in Tainan City

Alum Teaches English in East Asia

After two years teaching English in Japan, and surviving the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Southwestern International Studies graduate goes to Tainan City, Taiwan to study Chinese.

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International Studies News

The Bright Light Social Hour

The Bright Light Social Hour Performs at Pirate Parrrty!

The award-winning band, founded by SU alumni Curtis Roush ’05 and Jackie O’Brien ’07, returns to campus for a performance hosted by FNL Presents.

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Brantley Freeman ’11, BA in Accounting, Atlet Sports, high performance sports training

Start Ups

The ability to conceive, create, launch, and nurture a new venture is a monumental achievement. Thanks in part to their Southwestern Experience, these four alumni have done just that.

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Hatton W. Sumners Scholars Program at Southwestern

Hatton W. Sumners Scholars Program Recognizes Top Achievers

Southwestern checks in with Sumner Scholars including recent grads, rising seniors and the newest class of scholars

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International Studies Events

International Studies Advising Lunch

International Studies Advising Lunch

Join the faculty of the International Studies Program for a delicious lunch of international delights catered by Whole Foods Domain while you learn about the programming and classes they have planned for next semester.

SU’s International Studies Program major is designed for students interested in understanding other cultures and global systems. Our minor is a chance to broaden and deepen your understanding and appreciation of yourself and the world around you while pursuing your major.

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Dr. Sarah Snyder “From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy”

From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy

Dr. Sarah Snyder, (American University), in a discussion of her new book: From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy

In From Selma to Moscow, Sarah B. Snyder traces the influence of human rights activists and advances a new interpretation of U.S. foreign policy in the “long 1960s.”  She shows how transnational connections and social movements spurred American activism that achieved legislation that curbed military and economic assistance to repressive governments, created institutions to monitor human rights around the world, and enshrined human rights in U.S. foreign policy making for years to come.  Snyder analyzes how Americans responded to repression in the Soviet Union, racial discrimination in Southern Rhodesia, authoritarianism in South Korea, and coups in Greece and Chile.  By highlighting the importance of nonstate and lower-level actors, Snyder shows how this activism established the networks and tactics critical to the institutionalization of human rights.  A major work of international and transnational history, From Selma to Moscow reshapes our understanding of the role of human rights activism in transforming U.S. foreign policy in the 1960s and 1970s and highlights timely lessons for those seeking to promote a policy agenda resisted by the White House.

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