International Studies

Modus Vivendi

Modus Vivendi is the peer-reviewed student journal of international studies at Rhodes College. Published under the auspices of the Sigma Iota Rho honor society, the editorial staff of the journal selects 5-7 articles a year among those submitted anonymously by students. All students are welcome to submit—selection is not limited to IS majors or students enrolled in IS courses. Modus Vivendi has been a tradition in the department since 1995.

Model United Nations at Rhodes

There are three main ways for Rhodes students to be involved with Model United Nations (or Model UN). 

The I.S. Department offers a one-credit, evening course (open to any major) where students simulate the proceedings of the U.N. General Assembly. In this simulation, students engage in rigorous debates on relevant topics of international importance, and seek to find common diplomatic ground. 

Sigma Iota Rho

The Rhodes College Theta chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the International Studies Honor Society, promotes and rewards scholarship among undergraduate students of international studies. The Greek letter Sigma (S) stands for "synesi," meaning Prudence; Iota (I) represents "ideodoi" meaning Ideals; and Rho (R) stands for "romi," meaning Power. The founders felt these words embody important values in the field of international studies.

SIR eligibility depends on:

Declaration of an IS major or an interdisciplinary major involving international studies

International Studies Guest Lecturer, Dr. Toyin Falola, will present "African Immigrants in the US"

Dr. Toyin Falola, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin will present "African Immigrants in the US". Toyin Falola, Ph.D. is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. Prof.


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