Academics: Majors and Programs

International Studies at Spelman

International Studies: A Globalized Society

International Studies Reunion 2016

Ten years ago, Niambi Young, Charlene Austin, Andrea Blanton, Eboni Hughes, Sarah Thompson, Bernice Appiah-Pinkrah, and Felicia Sheree Davis were the first students to graduate from Spelman with a degree in international studies. To mark their 10 year reunion,  Jeanne Meadows, Ph.D., founding chair of the program, and her staff hosted a reception in their honor from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the International Affairs Center located in the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D., Academic Center, Suite 400-A.

International Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on patterns of interaction in the global community and provides a comprehensive understanding of the global system from its cultural context to the role of geo-political and geo-economic forces. The course of study is heavily concentrated in the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, geography and history.

The international studies major at Spelman is rigorous and focused. The structural integrity is maintained by an oversight committee composed of the major adviser, the study abroad adviser, chairs of the departments with core courses in the major, and the chair of the Department of World Languages and Literature.

Students are required to select courses in a specific issue area or country area, designated as a “track" which ensures that students acquire a specialized core of knowledge.

International studies at Spelman College
Julia Davis, C'2015,
in Barcelona, Spain