Highlights of the International Studies Program
Collaborative Research/Internship Tracks:
The LVC IS program is designed to provide students with the choice of developing their research skills or participating in an internship program.
Research Track: One existing possibility
for students at LVC is building their research skills and collaborating with a
professor on a research project. Students can receive course credits and hone
their skills at collecting, analyzing and interpreting information by obtaining
3 academic credits of research methodology and at least 3 credits of
Internship Track: If students wish to
develop experience, they can choose to participate in at least 6 credits in a
LVC approved internship program. IS
majors can complete an international/foreign policy-related internship in the
nation's capital while earning academic credits through the Washington Center or Philadelphia Center programs or any other
LVC-approved internship program, which provide opportunities for professional
exploration, intellectual development, and personal growth.
The International Studies program is designed to be a very flexible major and minor to accommodate and address several constraints faced by many of our students.
Flexibility: For example, many IS programs at other colleges have very strict
study abroad components that require majors and minors to attend at least one
semester of study abroad in an approved program. Some programs require students to study
abroad for at least one full year. The
LVC IS program requires students to study abroad, however, it allows for
sufficient elasticity so majors and minors can attend any of the approved
off-campus international programs that are offered by the LVC Study Abroad
office; for example: any of the various semester long programs, exchange
programs, mini-terms, short-term, or summer programs.
Academic Credit: Moreover, courses taken in any LVC Study Abroad program can
count toward the major or minor in IS; however, such courses must have approved
equivalent courses in the LVC catalogue.
It is highly recommended that students obtain approval from
International Studies program advisers prior to attending study abroad
programs. This considerable amount of
flexibility can hopefully be an attractive feature for students who are
considering the major or minor and one that distinguishes the program from
Complement other LVC programs:
The considerable flexibility also allows students to use elective hours in the LVC IS program to complement another minor or major or foreign language.
The two concentrations in
the present plan were created in order to provide sufficient choice for
students between a more conventional track (International Affairs) and a more
socio-cultural track (comparative culture).
The IA track is a very traditional concentration in IS based on a core
emphasis on institutions, politics, history, and economics. The GP track
is somewhat more unique and could serve as an attractive feature for students
because of its humanities core of art, English, philosophy, religion, and