The Center for International Studies was established in 1984 when Dr. Dennis Dunn was named its first director. The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, previously housed through the Political Science department, was reorganized to the majors represented today: International Relations and International Studies with focus in International Business, Travel and Tourism, Russian/East European Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Interamerican Studies, and Middle East/African Studies. The Center also offes a certificate in Interamerican Studies and a certificate in Southeast Asian studies.
The Master of Arts with the thesis option was established in 2001 and a non-thesis option was added in 2006.
In 2008, two international student/faculty exchange programs were developed through the generosity of donors: The Helen Ratliff Cleaves Memorial Fellowhip (Honduras) and The Ken and Verena Wilson Fellowship (Cambodia). Every year Center sponsors students and/or faculty to work and study abroad under memorandums of understanding between Texas State and educational institutions in Honduras and Cambodia.
In 2009, Dr. Dunn was awarded a grant from the U. S. Department of Education to fund research and curriculum development in Southeast Asian Studies, a Chinese instructor at Texas State, and for a certificate in Asian Studies and future study abroad and language immersion programs in Cambodia and China.
Texas State University-San Marcos is a doctoral-granting university with an enrollment of over 30,000 students. Located at the foot of the Texas Hill Country, Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The beauty of the crystal-clear San Marcos river and many cypress and pecan trees on the campus add the the charm of this picturesque locale. Located 30 miles south of Austin and 50 miles north of San Antonio, San Marcos has managed to retain the charm of a smaller community. Texas State maintains an atmosphere where faculty and students take the processes of teaching and learning seriously.