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 an additional 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.
Interested in learning more about the type of work that INST Honors students do? You can download their Honors theses from the library website.
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 list of International Studies majors who have published in SUURJ.
|Graduation Year||Name||Article Name and Link|
|2019||Austin Nelson||The Rise of Neo-Nationalism and the Front National in France.|
|2019||Isabeau J. Belisle Dempsey||Framing the Center: Belize and Panamá Within the Central American Imagined Community.|
|2018||Genevieve Jesse||The French Intervention in the 2012 Malian Conflict: Neocolonialism Disguised as Counterterrorism.|
|2018||Anne-Celine Jeffroy-Meynard||Obesity, Food Swamps, and the Youth of Guatemala City.|
|2017||Laura M. Bogart||Trends of Migration and their Effects on Youth in Nicaragua|
|2016||Emily Kawahigashi||Mega-Development Projects in Chile and Nicaragua: Social Costs and the Future of Indigenous and Human Rights|
|2016||Cilia J. Jurdy||Failures of US Foreign Aid: Jordan and its Unique History of Refugee Absorption|
Below are examples of how International Studies students are engaged in research projects abroad. Check our weekly emails for new opportunities!
Nova Robinson (INST/HIST) is the co-editor with Bonnie G. Smith of the Routledge Global History of Feminism. This forty-essay anthology, which is under contract with Routledge, is the first volume to compile articles from leading experts on feminism as an idea, a practice of everyday life, and a political undertaking across the globe. In creating the index of the book, my student research assistant will have a hand in shaping the reader’s experience with the text. A good index can enhance a reader’s experience, especially of an edited collection. Conversely, a bad index can impede a reader’s access to information. Indexing this volume will give my student research assistant a front-row seat to how the academic publishing world works. The student selected for this research assistantship will walk away from the project with increased professional formation on several fronts, but especially project management and teamwork/collaboration.
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