The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences has a strong commitment to international studies that cuts across the areas of teaching, research and service. The departments of CSBS, with their focus on individual, social and cultural behaviors, have integrated international studies into everything we do. We believe that knowledge and appreciation of the social, cultural, political and economic interconnectedness of peoples, is an important part of what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century.
Studying abroad can enrich a student’s education and better prepare graduates for an increasingly globalized society and economy. CSBS provides financial support through its Dean's Fund for Excellence to students in the college who wish to study abroad. Students majoring in CSBS programs are eligible to apply.
For more information and to apply, please visit and review the CSBS Study Abroad Funding Application.
Focus your program of study with a major (or complementary second major!) in global studies or minor in international affairs.
CSBS Capstone Courses
Several CSBS professors lead capstone courses over the summer, allowing students to study abroad without a full semester commitment.
CAP 3123 - Greece: From the "Cradle of Democracy" to Today (3 credit hours)
Led by professor Gregory Bruess (history)
A three-week, summer study-abroad and experiential learning course in Greece that allows students to experience Greece and its diverse cultural heritage from the perspectives of geography, history, religion, material culture (i.e., visits to archaeological sites, museums, monuments, churches, etc.) and contemporary Greeks. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)
CAP 3130 - Science and Pseudoscience: Critiquing the World Around You (3 credit hours)
Led by professor Carolyn Hildebrandt (psychology)
Explore the history of science and pseudoscience through visits to research institutes, museums and historic sites including Stonehenge, Bath, Freud’s house in London, Darwin’s house in Downe and the Institute of Anomalistic Psychology at Goldsmiths College, London University. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)
CAP 3131: Analysis of Social Issues (3 credit hours)
Led by professor Fernando Calderón (history)
This course exposes students to the history, anthropology and cultural heritage of Mérida, Mexico and the Yucatán, and includes daily excursions to archeological sites, local museums, ecological reserves, colonial neighborhoods and several other areas. Students will seek to understand the development of the Maya civilization, the role of the colonial church in local history and the post-conquest Mayan society. In addition, we will analyze a range of contemporary social issues pertaining to local indigenous communities and how they have dealt with globalization, capitalism, racism and marginalization. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)