About International Studies

Leadership Training for World Citizens

WPI recognizes that a true international perspective is no longer an option, but a requirement of living and working in the world today. The International Studies program prepares its students to meet that requirement by integrating theory and practice, course work and projects, with a global presence.

Our students develop the ability to work effectively in teams and apply their classroom learning to real problems found around the globe. The International Studies program uniquely prepares students for future leadership roles in business and industry, government and public affairs, and other careers in which a global perspective is paramount.

Relevant Preparation for Study Abroad

The International Studies program provides an academic framework for the off-campus experience. The courses on campus are designed to prepare students to go abroad with a clearer cultural awareness and the skills to make a difference. The program also provides context for the experience abroad upon returning to the U.S.

Interdisciplinary and Individualized Approach

An interdisciplinary program at its core, International Studies combines rigorous preparation in the humanities and social sciences with competence in a field of science or technology and the global perspective of WPI's curriculum. The program brings together faculty from the humanities, social sciences, and other areas of WPI to support students' cross-disciplinary endeavors.

Students may choose from a range of courses and international options to fulfill a minor, major, or double major.

 
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    Name: Peter H. Hansen
    Department: Humanities & Arts
    Title: Professor

    Professor Hansen enjoys collaborating with students on solving real-world problems at WPI’s project centers in Bangkok, London, Morocco, Washington, DC, and in Worcester.

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    Name: W. A. Bland Addison, Jr.
    Department: Humanities & Arts
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Addison has advised students at many Project Centers and is codirector of the Morocco Project Center. Interests include world conflicts, intellectual history, and social justice.

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    Name: Ulrike Brisson
    Department: Humanities & Arts
    Title: Associate Teaching Professor

    Professor Brisson received the Massachusetts German Educator of the Year award in 2006, and the 2011 Goethe-Institute / American Association of Teachers of German Certificate of Merit.

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    Name: Fabio Carrera
    Department: Interdisciplinary & Global Studies
    Title: Associate Teaching Professor

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    Name: Laureen Elgert
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Assistant Professor

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    Name: Arthur Gerstenfeld
    Department: School of Business
    Title: Professor

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    Name: Scott Jiusto
    Department: Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division
    Title: Associate Professor

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    Name: Aarti S. Madan
    Department: Humanities & Arts
    Title: Assistant Professor

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    Name: Michael J. Radzicki
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

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    Name: Kent J. Rissmiller
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

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    Name: Tom Robertson
    Department: Humanities & Arts
    Title: Associate Professor

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    Name: Jennifer Rudolph
    Department: Associate Professor
    Title: Associate Professor

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    Name: Richard F. Vaz
    Department: Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Vaz has advised hundreds of undergraduate research projects in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Namibia, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United States.

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