Student Opportunities

Students involved in the International Studies program are provided with a myriad of networking and learning opportunities, including guest lectures and seminars hosted at the college, and prestigious regional and national conferences.

Student Conferences

The opportunity to meet with respected leaders and to engage in meaningful dialogue on foreign policy and international affairs is particularly important to international studies majors who seek a deeper understanding of global issues.

These student conferences are highly selective, attracting motivated students who seek an intensive, hands-on learning experience that enables them to grapple with contemporary affairs. Students are selected to participate in student conferences based upon their interests, their abilities, and their potential for success.

Center for the Study of the Presidency

Each year the Department of Political Science and the International Studies program nominate one or two students to attend the annual Student Symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Adviser: Melissa Deckman


Students and professors from the nation’s major colleges and universities attend panel discussions and keynote addresses on major foreign policy, economic, security and social issues by members of academe and government.

Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

This student conference is designed especially for women. Each year the Department of Political Science and the International Studies Program nominate one or more students to attend the Women & Congress Seminar and the Women and Public Policy Seminar, organized by PLEN. 

Adviser: Christine Wade


Participants meet with women in government relations, observe sessions of the House and Senate or the Supreme Court, visit executive agencies, meet with representatives of the media and interest groups, and discuss public issues.

West Point Student Conference on United States Affairs

Each fall the Director of the international studies program nominates one student to attend the annual Student Conference on United States Affairs (SCUSA).

Advisers: Christine Wade


 The conference brings together undergraduates over four days of plenary discussions and addresses to debate major issues of American foreign policy.


Aiding in this goal of seeking a deeper understanding of global issues, are the numerous talks, lectures, and events hosted by the International Studies Program, The Louis B. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, and the many other disiplines and centers that contribute to our program. See below for a sampling of prior events and check Campus Events for an up-to-date calendar of any and all events this semester. 

Prior Events

April 11th, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm: International Studies SCE Poster Symposium

March 27th, 2017

7:00pm: The Transatlantic Relationship in the Trump Era

We had come to believe that Europe had been transformed into an unprecedented zone of peace and prosperity--always backed up by the American security guarantee, a deeper Transatlantic relationship, and shared Western values. President Donald Trump has called into question almost every tenet of U.S.-European relations. Is it just rhetoric or will Trump push through fundamental policy changes? What will the consequences be for countries on both sides of the Atlantic? How unique is the current state of friction within the western alliance? These are the questions that will addressed by Dr. Eric Langenbacher.

March 2nd, 2017

4:00pm: Tea & Talk for Majors

Tea & Talk with WC alumni Kate Towson ’09 on her life in advocacy for Political Science and International Studies majors

February 28th, 2017

4:30pm: The Personal & the Political: A Faculty Tea & Talk with Professor Christine J. Wade

This is the second event in our Spring 2017 series on “The Personal & the Political.”

February 8th, 2017

5:30pm-7:00pm: International Studies majors & prospectives reception

February 7th, 2017

7:00pm: Global Security Challenges to the US and the World

Moderator Dr. Muqtedar Khan and international scholars and experts of national security and international relations from five different countries will explore security challenges to the global order, as well as their own regions.Are there regional arrangements emerging to address these challenges? What can the United States do to face these new challenges? Does the world expect a significant change in US policy with change of administration in Washington? Finally, the panelists will make recommendations for the new Trump administration.