By Ann Friou
University News Service
August 24, 2009
The Center for International Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a certificate program in Southeast Asian Studies.
The grant, for $88,000, will allow the center to add seven new courses to the curriculum—in history, political science, mass communication, adult education and psychological services, criminal justice, family and consumer sciences, and Chinese language—as well as an internship program and a study abroad program. Chinese language courses will be offered beginning fall 2009 and the other courses will be available by fall 2011.
The Center for International Studies, widely recognized for its interdisciplinary curriculum, currently offers a certificate in Inter-American Studies, in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Studies. Texas State faculty will develop the following courses for the new certificate in Southeast Asian Studies:
The certificate program will enlarge on a relationship that Texas State began with Southeast Asia in 2006, when alumnus Kenneth Wilson and his wife Verena gave the Center for International Studies a substantial gift to conduct student-faculty exchanges with universities and organizations in Southeast Asia. Since then, students and faculty have taught at schools in Southeast Asia and provided information on issues such as public education and public health improvement. In the exchange, Southeast Asian officials—including university faculty and Cambodia’s deputy minister to the U.S. - have visited Texas State.