ST. STEPHEN’S UNIVERSITY IS A SMALL CAMPUS WITH A BIG REACH. When we say that “the world is our classroom”, this is literally true for all students at SSU (through the travel terms in Europe and Asia) and especially for students in the International Studies or Community Engagement program. The students have additional opportunities for cross-cultural travel and local engagement as well as exposure to professors who bring to their courses their personal and professional experience in diverse contexts. We “live, move and have our being” in a world that is constantly changing. This program will likely not answer all your questions about global trajectories but it will help you to be informed so you can be effectively engaged in conversations that lead to actions that make a difference in our world.

Lois Patricia Mitchell, B.P.E., M.S., PhD (UNB)Director of International Studies and Community Engagement
International Studies

SSU is committed to educating and equipping students to be informed world citizens. For more than two decades SSU students have travelled and studied abroad in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. This international experience is foundational to SSU’s International Studies program which will introduce you to political, social, environmental and economic perspectives from across the world. If you’re interested in learning about other cultures, globalization and its impacts, opportunities and challenges of different models of international development, and your own role as a global citizen, this program will challenge you in the best ways possible.

During the program, you will participate in two travel terms (one in Asia and one in Europe) with your whole class. These travel experiences, along with your IS classes in St. Stephen, will provide insight into such issues as poverty, population growth, disease, human migration, climate change, war, gender inequality, community dynamics, pop culture, world religions, mass communications, strategic development, water issues, cultural heritage and human rights.

The IS program (or the CE program) will prepare you for many different career options from international development work, to teaching English abroad, to working with non-governmental organisations or charities at home or overseas.

Community Engagement

In the fall of 2020, we are launching a new focus on community engagement and social innovation. We believe that there is an emerging generation that is eager to take the knowledge and skill development of the classroom out into the local community. At SSU our strength over the years has been a focus on “shared and experiential learning,” especially in our study abroad terms, that has provided a unique and lasting quality to the education we provide. Now, we’re confident that attention to a transformative engagement with the local community is what is needed to equip students for the needs of this century.

So across all of our programs, we are creating opportunities for a significant immersion into the local community. We will see “changemakers” from near and far sharing in our classrooms, and we will see our students taking part in practica and internships with local companies and agencies, giving our graduates hands-on experience and career-ready resumes.

Our new BA in Community Engagement will focus particularly on community engagement and social innovation. This program, which will be blended with the International Studies program that shares many values and emphases, will give students the option of a major that prepares them for further education or careers in community development at home or abroad.

Major in IS

A degree in International Studies requires 12 credit hours of core courses: IS 1000, 2000, and 3000 (or their equivalent). IS 2050 Macroeconomics (or its equivalent). A grade of C or better in each core course is required. Students majoring in IS must also complete 6 credit hours in modern languages including 3 credit hours in French or German. The other 3 credit hours could also be in French or German, or students may take TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) or Language, Culture and Identity. A minimum of 21 additional credit hours must be taken at the upper level (3000 or 4000) and this must include IS 3090 – Field Experience (or equivalent). Electives in International Studies are often interdisciplinary, reflecting the nature of this broad field of study. Students must successfully complete both study abroad terms (GPA of 2.0 or better).

Minor in IS

A minor in International Studies requires the cores courses: IS 1000, 2000, and 3000 or their equivalent, plus an additional 15 credit hours in International Studies, of which 12 credit hours must be at the upper level. A grade of C or better in each core course is required for the minor.

Major in CE

In development – email [email protected] for details…