Baylor International Studies Major Celebrates 60 Years

International Studies banquet
International Studies banquet courtesy photo
April 28, 2014

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WACO, Texas (April 28, 2014) – The Baylor University International Studies major recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Linda Adams, Ph.D., international studies director, with Ivy Hamerly, Ph.D., associate director of the program, credited the continuing support of the College of Arts & Sciences and the political science faculty with the longevity of the major.

“Each has offered guidance and assistance through the years, for which we are grateful,” Adams said.

The major, formerly known as Foreign Service, has provided students with an interdisciplinary curriculum including courses in political science, history, economics, business, sociology, philosophy and area studies since 1953.

The Baylor announcement establishing the Foreign Service major noted that it was designed to prepare “men and women for diplomatic and commercial assignments overseas.”

The major has 184 enrolled students. International Studies students have won 40 percent of Fulbright scholarships awarded to Baylor students since 2011. Alumni of the major work in a variety of fields, including military, academia, foreign policy, education, law, business, journalism and ministry.

For more information on the international studies major, contact the department of political science at (254) 710-3161.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


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