International Studies Department
Why Study International Studies at Fisher?
A Global Perspective Using an Interdisciplinary Approach
Fisher’s International Studies Program (ISPR) prepares its graduates to understand and work in the global community. Initially, students are introduced to various disciplinary approaches by taking ISPR 100, “Introduction to International Studies,” and then a selection of four or five courses that explore world politics, cultures, religions, economics, and contemporary affairs.
Each student chooses his/her own field of specialization by concentrating on a specific theme or a specific region. Since all International Studies majors have the opportunity to study abroad for either a semester or a year, students are encouraged to select a concentration that will be enriched by their foreign study experience. The program also provides for individual interests through a Senior Thesis, an independent research project which develops research and public speaking skills required in graduate school as well as in the work place.
- Introduction to International Studies
- World Politics
- World History
- World Cultures
- Introduction to Microeconomics
- World Religions
International Studies majors who enter the College as freshmen are required to spend at least one semester during the junior year studying abroad (in exceptional cases, a student may request that this requirement be waived). St. John Fisher College students have access to over fifty foreign universities and colleges in Europe, Latin America, Asia, or Africa. Fisher is one of the few area colleges to promote international study by enabling students to apply all financial aid received on campus towards the cost of the affiliated overseas programs. Transfer students who major in International Studies are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for foreign study.
Honors in International Studies Program
International Studies seniors who maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 may apply to become Honors majors. Eligible students, under the direction of their Honors advisor, undertake a semester-long research project resulting in a paper that will be orally presented and defended.
Opportunity for Graduate Study at Fisher
St. John Fisher College also offers the Master of Science in International Studies Program. This program provides an advanced yet practical understanding of global affairs through a multidisciplinary approach. It prepares students for employment and advancement in corporations with an executive vision of international affairs, and offers advanced study and research for students for their current or future teaching programs that require a global perspective. This program is open to anyone with a keen interest in international studies. Undergraduate students majoring in International Studies are eligible for a fast-track program to the Master of Science in International Studies Program. Please contact Dr. David Baronov, Program Director, for details.
"The International Studies Program is small, yet the faculty has a tremendous amount of experience to offer. Because of this, students benefit. Small class size and highly-skilled professors translate into a personalized and thought-provoking environment."
Maherly Schaeffer, ISPR Graduate Student