There are many routes to achieving distinction in our program. Students have access to diverse opportunities to create significant career portfolio highlights. Our majors flourish under the mentorship of program faculty, many of whom have distinguished records of research throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, East Asia, West and North Africa, Oceania & the Pacific Region, the Middle East, Native North America, and Europe. A number of our faculty have teaching experience abroad, collaborate with transnational teams on issues of human trafficking, genocide, political violence, environmental sustainability, and global justice, and many have achieved international recognition through prestigious grants, fellowships, and cutting-edge publications. Our students are therefore not only effectively mentored in global, comparative, and historical perspectives but skillfully guided to achieve career goals and professional success.

University Honors Program

A large number of our majors are members of the university Honors Program, which provides enhanced access to scholarship and participation in research projects with faculty.

National Honor Society

Our Rochester chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the National Honor Society for International Studies, offers distinction, possibilities for student publication and scholarship, and funding opportunities as well as leadership positions.

Undergraduate awards

Every year, several of our students receive prestigious awards, such as the Distinction in Undergraduate Writing Kearse Award, the Outstanding Scholars Award for seniors, the College of Liberal Arts research grant, and travel awards to attend professional conferences.

Conference participation

Students involved in research, as part of a class project, advanced or independent study, or in collaboration with a faculty project, are encouraged to present their findings at symposia and other scholarly venues. Several of our majors have done so successfully. This opportunity provides an added form of distinction.

Student clubs

Our majors in international and global studies are a diverse and lively group. Many are active participants or leaders of student clubs: examples include Model U.N., ‘Wells’ (clean water) Project, and Critical Media Watch.


Our program is distinguished by the diversity of students in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, and nationality. A growing number of our successful applicants are from abroad, including students from Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Panama, the Dominican Republic, the Ukraine, Myanmar (Burma) and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The diverse community of students enriches classroom learning by possibilities of interacting, exchanging ideas, networking, and making friends with different language speakers and various world region representatives.