About the Program

In his acclaimed 1966 work, The Arrogance of Power, Senator J. William Fulbright wrote,

“The highest function of higher education is what might be called the teaching of things in perspective, toward the purposes of enriching the life of the individual, cultivating the free and enquiring mind, and advancing the effort to bring reason, justice, and humanity into the relations of men and nations.”

It is the mission of the Fulbright College Program in International Studies to live up to that charge through an interdisciplinary exploration of the world and its peoples. It utilizes such varied subjects as anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, and world languages, and it draws on the resources and expertise of many academic departments across campus. Students in the program cultivate intercultural competency and gain international experience through internships, language study, and study abroad. And they become engaged in critical global issues through classroom learning, service opportunities, and research experiences.

With over 300 majors, International Studies is one of the more popular programs of study in the Fulbright College, and consistently draws highly motivated students seeking a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the world in which we live and pursuing a variety of careers in the public and private sectors.