Attention parents of sophomores and first-years
Students in the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) can internationalize their majors through intensive language study and a funded international internship. Erin Holstein '09 traveled to Morocco as a CISLA scholar and ran into a familiar friend.
Deadlines are fast approaching for sophomores to apply for, or in one case complete an application for, one of the College’s four certificate-granting interdisciplinary “centers” programs. The centers are special academic programs that encourage the exploration of important issues across disciplines.
Center programs are prestigious and challenging add-ons to an academic major. Through a combination of special coursework, in-depth research, a funded internship and a senior project, students can enrich their majors in dramatic ways. The centers also sponsor a variety of events on and around campus, from artist performances to community service to environmental symposia.
Applications for admission to the programs are reviewed sophomore year. The application deadline is Nov. 15 for all but the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), which required draft proposals to be in by Oct. 15 with final proposals due Nov. 13. For more information about the centers or the application processes, follow the links below.
Selected students earn their center certificate by completing special coursework, in-depth research, a paid summer internship (either abroad or in the United States), and a senior integrative project, in addition to the requirements for their major.
About 12 percent of graduates earn certificates each year. Here’s what each certificate-granting center is about:
- Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology — promotes proficiency in working with technology and deepens understanding of the meaning and role of technology within the larger context of the liberal arts.
- Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment — builds on one of the nation's leading undergraduate environmental studies programs to help students examine contemporary ecological challenges through the lenses of science, economics, sociology, ethics and politics.
- Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy — works to create more just and equitable communities through programs that cultivate intellectual and ethical judgment.
- Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) — allows students to internationalize any major through intensive language study and a funded international internship.