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Wally at Global Studies
This week’s winner, Sri Lakshmi Gurram, correctly unscrambled “Global Studies”. Read more about Global Studies below.
New experiences, new places, and even new cultures provide ample opportunities for anyone to learn – including Wally who this week had the pleasure of visiting the Global Studies program.
Taking the whole family on this trip with him, Wally learned the Global Studies program – housed in the Wes Watkins Center – is the hub for international affairs for Oklahoma State University – Stillwater campus.
“We’re the place you come to if you want to get globally engaged,” Director of Academic Program Dr. Jami Fullerton explained.
And globally engaged they are.
Following the new leadership of Dr. Randy Kluver as dean, Global Studies has made great connections and impacts on the global community. Dr. Kluver came from Texas A&M and has made an immediate impact on the newly formed College, Fullerton said.
Even doing so much as changing the curriculum and the name from the School of International Studies to the School of Global Studies and Partnerships.
Providing a Master’s of Science degree in Global Studies to students who also choose from four areas of focus – global business and trade, public diplomacy and global communication, global leadership and development, and global disaster and crisis management – is just one of the many things that go on around this program.
“The great thing about being a student in international studies is that you are part of the bigger international mission of the university,” Dr. Fullerton said. “So this building not only houses an academic program, but we’re also the administrative center for all the international stuff that goes on around campus.”
Dr. Randy Kluver, pictured, is the reason so many great things are happening at the School of Global Studies and Partnerships, according to Dr. Jami Fullerton
The School of Global Studies deals with any international visitors, the international flags behind the library and study abroad. All these dealings provide an immeasurable benefit to the students in the Global Studies program.
“We do a whole lot here other than the graduate program and it’s really to the benefit of our graduate students because not only are they studying about international affairs in the classroom, they are getting to engage in it across campus,” Dr. Fullerton said.
And engaging in international affairs is something OSU has been doing since the 1950s.
According to the School of Global Studies website, OSU’s “proud legacy of extensive international activity” began when US President Harry S. Truman appointed OSU President Henry G. Bennett as the founding director of the Point Four Program.
The story continues, according to the website, as OSU established an agricultural college in Ethiopia and “played a significant role” in the Point Four Program becoming the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The history doesn’t stop there, however.
“In 2019, we’re going to celebrate our 20th anniversary of the school,” Dr. Fullerton said.
“We’ve graduated over 500 students who are working around the world for multinational companies, international NGOs, in education and some who are still here at OSU.”
Graduates of the program are referred to as world-class problem solvers.
“We are trying to create a program that allows students to be exposed to the world’s problems and hopefully become engaged in those problems and make a difference through their work after they leave OSU,” Dr. Fullerton said.
But before they go out into the world as graduates, Global Studies students are expected to get a multidisciplinary educational experience.
All Global Studies students, regardless of focus area, will take courses outside of the Global Studies academic college. Yet, the classes they do take outside the college are based on the focus area each student chooses.
For example, if a student is a Global Studies student focusing in global business and trade, they will take half their classes in Global Studies, but will also take classes in the business building as part of their program requirements.
“The one unifying thing is that they all have an international, global component,” Dr. Fullerton explained. “Some of [the students] may choose to study in business. Some of [the students] may choose to take a lot of classes over in engineering. [Students] may take classes in arts and sciences and geography and political science and history.
“It’s interdisciplinary in that nature – instead of just only focusing on one thing, you see how all the disciplines work together to address global issues,” Dr. Fullerton said.
Which is “hot” right now according to Dr. Fullerton.
“That’s the kind of leaders and problem solvers we need,” she said. “The people that understand all the different aspects of the world.”
The School of Global Studies also provides multiple scholarships that are available to both Global Studies and non-Global Studies students.
Communications Specialist Sarah Bildstein calls the scholarships unique.
“We’re also unique in that we have scholarships – the Humphreys Travel Grant and Matthew 25:40 Service Scholarship – that are available to everyone, undergrad and graduate from across campus,” Bildstein said.
“It’s open to anyone who wants to go and have international experience.”
Wally and his family not only learned a lot about a program this week but also were motivated to get involved – as others should as well.
“Not only do we have a graduate program, we have a whole lot of other stuff going on in Wes Watkins,” Dr. Fullerton said. “So, not only our students, but any graduate student on campus that wants to be engaged in global affairs is welcomed to come to our programs, be a part of our events, and take classes over here.”
Learn more about the scholarships here>
Learn more about the history here>
For more information on the master’s program, visit here>
Nothing is better than a memorable family trip. (Left to right: Windy, Woof and Wally)