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International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

I. CLASS in a Global Context
Profound transformations brought about by advances in communications and travel have created a crucial global context for university studies. For that reason, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is strongly committed to international studies.  Our faculty are internationally-oriented. According to a recent study, 76% of CLASS faculty have spent a significant time abroad, and 44% have published in international journals. Our faculty regularly organize study abroad programs in Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, France, India, and Belgium, and we have recently hosted visiting scholars or teaching assistants from India, the Ukraine, Nigeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Morocco, Korea, and Slovenia. Finally, our faculty have recently been awarded Fulbright appointments to Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Turkey. In addition, the college has active or developing partnerships with universities in Korea, Germany, France, Turkey, India, and Nigeria, and we plan to develop new university partnerships in the Middle East, Africa, India, and China.

II. International Opportunities for American CLASS Students
CLASS encourages all of its students to have an international experience as a part of their education.  And, while it is true that English has become a world-wide common language, we encourage students to acquire reading and speaking skills in a second language of their choice as an essential component of their becoming global citizens.

Undergraduate Opportunities:

  • Spanish language study-abroad in Costa Rica and Spain
  • French language study-abroad in France
  • Music and Economics in France
  • World War I Historical Studies in Belgium
  • Social Work in Poland
  • Communication Studies in Germany, Korea

For more information contact: The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Office at or 216-687-3660.

III. CLASS Programs for International Students
CLASS welcomes international students who wish to broaden their education by studying in an exciting American urban context. We work with our Center for International Services and Programs to make sure that your stay in Cleveland, Ohio, is as productive and pleasant as possible.

A. Graduate: CLASS has Master’s Degree programs in Sociology, Social Work, Economics, Communication, English, Spanish, Philosophy (and Bioethics) and Music. For international students, we particularly want to highlight our M.A. in Global Interactions (Political Science) and our American Studies track in the History M.A. program.

B. Undergraduate: A Certificate in American Studies, which can be earned in a single semester of study. CLASS also houses a full menu of B.A. programs in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. Specifically, we have Bachelor degree programs in Anthropology, Art, Graphic Design, Communication, Communication Management, Drama, Film and Digital Media, Journalism, Economics, English, History, Social Studies, Classical and Medieval Studies, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Women’s Studies, French, Spanish, Music, Philosophy, International Relations, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Work, Criminology, and Sociology.

For more information, contact: The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Office at or 216-687-3660.

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