International Studies Department
Why Study International Studies at Fisher?
A Global Perspective Using an Interdisciplinary Approach
Fisher’s international studies program will prepare you to understand and work in the global community. Initially, you will be introduced to various disciplinary approaches by taking ISPR 100, "Introduction to International Studies," and then a selection of four or five courses that explore world politics, cultures, religions, economics, and contemporary affairs.
Throughout your undergraduate studies, you'll choose your own field of specialization by concentrating on a specific theme or a specific region. Since all international studies majors have the opportunity to study abroad for either a semester or a year, you are encouraged to select a concentration that will be enriched by your foreign study experience.
The program also provides for individual interests through a senior thesis, an independent research project which develops research and public speaking skills required in graduate school as well as in the work place.
The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most current international studies program information, including requirements and course descriptions.
As an international studies major entering Fisher as a freshman, you will be required to spend at least one semester during the junior year studying abroad (in exceptional cases, you may request that this requirement be waived).
You'll have access to over fifty foreign universities and colleges in Europe, Latin America, Asia, or Africa to choose from. Fisher is one of the few area colleges to promote international study by enabling students to apply all financial aid received on campus towards the cost of the affiliated overseas programs.
If you are a transfer student majoring in International Studies, you will be strongly encouraged (though not required) to take advantage of the opportunities for foreign study.
Honors in International Studies Program
International studies seniors who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 may apply to become Honors majors. Eligible students, under the direction of their Honors advisor, undertake a semester-long research project resulting in a paper that will be orally presented and defended.
"The international studies program is small, yet the faculty has a tremendous amount of experience to offer. Because of this, students benefit. Small class size and highly-skilled professors translate into a personalized and thought-provoking environment."
Maherly Schaeffer, ISPR Graduate Student