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School of International Studies
209.946.2650
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George Wilson Hall
Kathleen Hastings
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School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211
khastings@pacific.edu

About

The School of International Studies (SIS) grew out of the innovative programs of two of the three former "cluster colleges" (Callison and Elbert Covell) and the international majors offered by College of the Pacific. Established in 1987 with a gift from George and Isabelle Wilson, SIS was also funded by a grant from the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education.

While retaining its autonomy as a school, SIS became part of the College of the Pacific in 2012, which allows other Pacific students the opportunity to complement their studies with a more global perspective. It also creates more opportunities for faculty interdisciplinary collaboration in international scholarship and curricular offerings.

SIS immerses its students in an interdisciplinary approach to international and global affairs. The undergraduate program combines the study of anthropology, political science, economics, modern languages and history where students develop strong research, critical thinking and analytical skills. Study abroad and competency in at least one second language are required components of the curriculum, and students benefit from the school's internationally recognized cross-cultural training program before and after their study abroad experience. They also take advantage of a number of experiential learning opportunities through local and global internships. The careers SIS graduates pursue range widely and include positions in non-governmental organizations, business, the government and academe.

Since 2001, SIS has also offered a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) in partnership with the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon. MAIR is a limited residency program targeted toward adult professionals who wish to earn an advanced degree in intercultural competence while maintaining employment or other commitments. Students develop knowledge and skills in the principles of intercultural relations, leadership and managing change across cultures, problem solving in intercultural settings, adult learning in a cultural context, culture in the organization, and research and analysis. Courses and advising are provided by faculty with extensive experience in the world of intercultural consulting as well as at universities across the United States and abroad.

Throughout its history, SIS has sponsored many activities to engage both the University and Stockton communities. The fall Tuesday World Forum series invites these communities to talks on a variety of international issues. SIS has helped build an international component into a new writing program in the Department of English. It also sponsors students in the health sciences with epidemiology-related internships in Uganda as well as faculty led courses abroad. SIS has hosted the Gerber Lecture, which brings outstanding leaders from around the world to speak on campus. Past Gerber lectures include Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu; Dr. Gro Brundtland, the first femal prime minister of Norway; Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda; Vicente Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006; and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof.

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