School of Liberal Arts
International study has become a defining aspect of the academic culture in the School of Liberal Arts. Cross-cultural inquiry and global awareness are not only central to the disciplinary focus of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Global Studies minor, but also to other majors. The Political Science Department, for example, offers students opportunities to intern with the Hansard Programme in London and to participate in the Student World Affairs Conference held in the Hudson River Valley. Both the History and English Departments offer short-term study abroad programs.
SLA students’ high level of participation in semester-long or short-term abroad programs (approximately 50 percent of 2016 SLA graduates) changes the conversation both within and beyond the classroom. Students have enjoyed substantial successes in their ability to earn Fulbright Fellowships and other prestigious grants to facilitate their international study.