From Scratch: Designing and Implementing a New International Studies Program at a Small College

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Dolan, Chris. (2011) From Scratch: Designing and Implementing a New International Studies Program at a Small College. International Studies Perspectives, doi: 10.1111/j.1528-3585.2011.00435.x
© 2011 International Studies Association

This article advances a blueprint for small colleges interested in implementing new international studies programs. In response to a call from its strategic plan, the faculty at Lebanon Valley College (LVC) recently approved an IS program with two concentrations (international affairs and comparative culture) emphasizing core and advanced elective courses, foreign language, study abroad, as well as undergraduate research, and internship experiences. This article frames the undergraduate international studies program within the broader context of the prevailing literature and identifies the potential advantages and drawbacks of initiating and directing the major and minor. It then provides a brief discussion of the ways in which the program can be assessed and a general overview of the career opportunities available to majors. The article concludes by recommending that small colleges like LVC have the potential to prepare students for the responsibilities of global citizenship when international studies programs are designed to incorporate and maximize college-wide strengths.

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