As an International Studies major, you will learn to design and carry out your own research focused on your study-abroad country. If you enroll in the International Studies honors program at SU, you will have and addition quarter to develop your research, and the opportunity to present your research at an academic conference and work towards publishing your research in an academic journal.
Previous capstone and honors projects have explored women’s rights in France, educational access in Seattle for adult refugees from Africa, social media and activism in Chilean social uprisings, among many other topics.
Every spring quarter, Seattle University holds the SU Undergraduate Research Association Conference (SUURA). As an International Studies major you have the opportunity to present your research and share ideas with other students across campus. In addition, you can submit your research for publication in the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal (SUURJ). See the latest edition (Volume 4), including articles from our majors Isabeau Belisle Dempsey (’19) and Austin Nelson (’19).
Below are examples of how International Studies students are engaged in research projects abroad. Check our weekly emails for new opportunities!
Serena Cosgrove (INST) travels regularly to Guatemala with SU students to carry out research with Dr. Ana Marina Tzul and students from the Universidad Rafael Landívar about women’s leadership to end gender-based violence. This picture was taken in Santa María Chiquimula, a small town in the highlands of Guatemala.
Photo credit: Serena Cosgrove, INST
Felipe Murtinho (INST and IPS) and Tanya Hayes (EVST and IPS) traveled with four Seattle University students to the Andes of Ecuador. As part of an NSF-funded research project, students learned about the livelihood needs in the context of climate change, and critically assess programs that aim to conserve the environment by combating poverty and supporting community development. In Ecuador, the students worked with Murtinho and Hayes to conduct community-driven workshops on climate change, land-use, and ecotourism.
Photo credit: Felipe Murtinho, INST