Information for Students



Students of International Studies participate in honor societies and organizations such as:

  • Sigma Iota Rho
    International Studies Honor Society which promotes and rewards scholarship among undergraduate students of international studies
  • Model United Nations
    An authentic simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and other multilateral bodies
  • SOWAT (Society of World Affairs Today)
    Formerly the IS Club, a student run organization which sponsors lectures, documentary film screenings, debates, and discussions about global political issues.


Students also have numerous opportunities to attend International Studies-related student conferences. Contact Kim Stevenson for further details about any of the student conferences listed below.

Air Force Academy Conference

The United States Air Force Academy hosts an annual assembly at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs.  Held annually since 1959, the United States Air Force Academy Assembly is an undergraduate student conference sponsored jointly by the Air Force Academy and Columbia University′s American Assembly.  Prominent scholars, business leaders, and government officials will serve as speakers, panelists, and roundtable leaders.  The student delegates will produce a final report reflecting their consensus on an issue associated with the theme of the conference.  Student roundtable are the core of the Assembly.  Rhodes College is invited to nominate two student representatives.

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Latin American Studies Symposium

The Undergraduate Latin American Studies Symposium, hosted by Birmingham-Southern College each spring, gathers undergraduate students and faculty to discuss issues and original research related to Latin America.  The conference is one of the few undergraduate research conferences where students get to present their original research to an audience of students and faculty from the American Colleges of the South (ACS) Consortium.  This conference has two main objectives: promote undergraduate research and increase dialogue among students and faculty.  Some of the papers are later published in the proceedings of the Conference.  Student participation in the conference is supported and financed by the Department of International Studies and the Latin American Studies Program.

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Naval Academy Conference

The United States Naval Academy hosts an annual Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Delegates from over one hundred colleges and universities and fifteen foreign countries meet to discuss an important topic of international relations. Rhodes College is invited to nominate one undergraduate student who displays an interest in the study of foreign affairs. All delegates are expected to prepare and submit in advance a 2500 word paper on a topic appropriate to the conference.

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URCAS stands for Undergraduate Research Creative Activity Symposium. The first symposium was in 1996 and it has grown into an annual event with widespread student participation.

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