This year, the School of International Service celebrates its 60th anniversary. Here’s a look at the history and growth of the school since its founding.
In 1959, the School of International Service enrolled its first full-time class, which consisted of 85 students representing 36 different countries.
Today the School of International Service enrolls roughly 3,000 students from more than 130 different countries.
In 1968, the International Communication (IC) master's program is founded in response to growing international engagement and tension. 50 years later, the program is the oldest of its kind in the US and continues to innovate in this dynamic and multidisciplinary field.
In 1973, SIS becomes part of the newly created College of Public Affairs, designed "to emphasize and coordinate the university's extensive undergraduate and graduate programs in public policy studies and public affairs."
SIS continues to grow and becomes a free-standing unit again in 1988, when the College of Public Affairs is disbanded.
In 1974, the International Development (ID) program was established. For more than 40 years, students in the program have strived to improve opportunities for the world's poor and disenfranchised.
Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and other developments in Eastern Europe, SIS modifies its curriculum and participates in an exchange program with Russia. Alumnus and former White House Correspondent David Gregory, SIS/BA '90, reported on the topic for The Eagle.
In 1992, SIS partners with Ritsumeikan University to offer the first-ever dual master's degree between the US and Japan. The partnership has grown and now offers a joint undergraduate degree.
In 1995, the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program is established in response to growing international arms race, environmental degradation, and global inequalities. Today, the program prepares graduates to serve the world's most vulnerable.
In 2000, SIS establishes the Global Environmental Politics program, which features a dual-degree partnership with the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica via the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) degree. Graduates pursue careers to protect the natural world.
"9/11 altered the direction of my research. I realized these wars take a terrible toll on soldiers, civilians, and locals, yet without enough social scientists on the ground to study the problem. I found myself in many conflict zones, studying multiple sociocultural drivers of human volatility to help advance stabilization and peace."
-Professor Shalini Venturelli