UST provides a number of opportunities for international studies majors to gain hands-on experience. In addition to study abroad and local volunteer opportunities discussed elsewhere, UST students benefit from a growing international student body, international studies-related student clubs and research opportunities with faculty studying international issues. International studies majors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities in order to develop their leadership and research skills and to contribute to an internationalized campus environment.
There are a number of internationally-focused clubs on the UST campus. The Foreign Affairs Club and Model United Nations teams are natural choices for international studies majors, and provide students with leadership opportunities and research, diplomacy, and public speaking experience. The Foreign Affairs Club hosts international affairs-related events such as presidential foreign policy debate nights, panels on international topics and careers, and movie nights. The Model United Nations team travels to Chicago every November to represent a country and experience the process of negotiating, drafting, and passing resolutions in mock United Nations General Assembly committees. For more information on this club, please contact Dr. Renee Buhr, the faculty advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International studies majors also may benefit from other clubs with an international or political focus. Clubs in which international studies majors are often engaged include:
- Globally-Minded Students Association
- Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial
- Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science honors society)
- Eastern European Club
- Muslim Students Association
- A number of clubs related to language study (Spanish, German) also are present on campus
International studies students are also strongly encouraged to explore research opportunities. These include research grants such as Young Scholars, Collaborative Inquiry, and Community Based Research grants offered by the Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Scholarship (URCS) board. For more information, visit the URCS website at: http://www.stthomas.edu/urcs/
Students should also speak with faculty members in the departments of economics, geography, history, and political science to see if they are working on projects of interest to the student. Past international studies majors have conducted research with faculty and through URCS board grants in each of these departments and on a wide variety of topics.