The School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development’s Dr. Bates will become the Director of the International Studies Program at Louisiana State University, beginning August 1, 2014. The International Studies Program (ISP) aspires to elevate the awareness and understanding of the complexity and diversity of the contemporary world among students and faculty at LSU, and contribute to national and international discourses on globalization and diversity. The Program’s mission is threefold: 1) to provide students with a critical understanding of the world; 2) to create a forum for interdisciplinary exchange among faculty and students in different departments at LSU and with other universities for discussing matters of international and global significance; and 3) to organize public events which stimulate interest in and provide a critical perspective on international and global issues.
The International Studies Program itself offers a BA degree in International Studies, with nine concentrations and a minor in International Studies, also with nine concentrations. The degree program is relatively demanding, prescribing 62 hours of coursework out of the 120 required for the degree. Students may choose from nine concentrations and must select both a regional and a thematic focus. Regional concentrations include Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle East & North Africa. Thematic concentrations include Global Diplomacy, Global Cultures, Global Studies, and Environment & Development. All majors select and primary and secondary area of concentration. Students are required to take 6 semesters (20 hours) of foreign language related to their area of concentration. Relevant languages offered at LSU are French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and German.
The Director of the ISP represents the International Studies faculty to the administration and the community. He/she is responsible for fundraising and grant-writing, administering the finances, and negotiating the budget. He/she prepares annual and other reports for the unit as well as annual evaluation of members of the International Studies Coordinating Committee and others who choose to receive an International Studies evaluation. The Director coordinates activities and functions of the program.
The School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development congratulates Dr. Bates on his additional new position!