International Studies

Carolin Purser

Carolin Purser joins the Department of International Studies as assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. in political science and international affairs from the University of Georgia in 2017. Dr. Purser's dissertation was titled "The Concept, Measurement, and Determinants of Human Security." She has taught Introduction to Global Issues and Introduction to Comparative Politics.

International Studies: Expand your mind; change the world!

The International Studies Department is one of the oldest and largest undergraduate programs in the US that trains students in international relations, comparative politics, and related fields in a liberal arts environment. An entire academic department dedicated to international studies is unusual at an institution like Rhodes.  For this reason and many others, our Department is a special place! 

The Curriculum

IS Study Abroad Experiences - In Their Own Words

Laurie Williams '18
International Studies major

I studied abroad at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, in Fall 2016. I had been wanting to visit Morocco for a few years because I was intrigued by its geopolitical significance as a majority-Muslim country in Africa with strong ties to Europe through its former colonization by the French and the Spanish. When deciding where I wanted to study abroad, my interest in Morocco as well as the small student population and liberal arts curriculum at AUI made the choice easy for me.


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