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Release: March 26, 2003

International Studies Major Highlighted At March 31 International Mondays

A new University of Iowa international studies major will be the focus of a lecture, "The Power to Shape Your World: International Studies at the University of Iowa," Monday, March 31, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Center Lounge. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the International Mondays lecture series. Refreshments will be served.

Blythe Burkhardt, coordinator of instructional programs and research projects for UI International Programs, will discuss the creation of the new major, the opportunities it gives to students and some of the specifics about the major and its requirements - including the $1,000 scholarship for study abroad. A question and answer session will follow her lecture.

The international studies major has been created to give students the opportunity to integrate politics, economics, culture, and social systems into one flexible major, Burkhardt said. Another unique aspect of the new major is that students can choose a combination of generalized international studies courses and thematic or regional concentrations.

Burkhardt has been with The UI International Programs as the coordinator for instructional programs and research projects for the past two and a half years. She works with students and faculty involved in international academic programs. She has worked for the past year in conjunction with faculty, staff and other campus offices on the development and implementation of the new international studies major.

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345. For more information on the new major, visit the Web site at

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345. Writer: Kent Nguyen