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History of the School of International Studies (1987)

Inspired by the educational vision of long-time UOP regent George Wilson, the School of International Studies (SIS) was founded in 1987.

As one of only six undergraduate schools of international studies in the United States, SIS quickly gained a national reputation for its rigorous academic program that required a semester of overseas study for every student.

The SIS was redefined and energized with new leadership in 1998 and a modified curriculum was developed, which emphasizes pre-professional training in quantitative research skills as well as traditional training in economics, political science, cross-cultural awareness, and foreign languages.