The International Studies Program embraces diversity in all its forms. We welcome students from all ethnic, national, and racial backgrounds, sexual and gender identities, and religious and cultural traditions. We strive to create a collaborative environment where we learn from one another through respectful dialogue and informed discussion. We value the expertise and knowledge our students have acquired through their lived experiences. We believe our classrooms are made richer by listening to the perspectives of people who are different from us, especially those who come from communities that have been marginalized or oppressed by colonialism and other global processes.
As an interdisciplinary major, International Studies exposes students to a range of ways of learning about other world regions and how the United States is deeply entwined with the world around it. In weaving together different disciplinary traditions--Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology--we strive to expand our students’ understanding about how the Global North and the Global South have shaped each other across time.
At Seattle University, International Studies is guided by Jesuit teachings on social justice and empathy for others. Any path to a more equitable future for all people must be attentive to different ways of being and knowing in other world regions. Our goal is to help students develop the inter-cultural awareness and communication skills necessary to thrive in careers that reflect their interests and that contribute to solving the most pressing social justice issues of our time in the United States and around the world.