Mercer International Scholars

Track Design

The International Scholars track is designed for students who wish to pursue international studies and experiences at an advanced level and desire to pursue international research in the field and/or in the archives. This track is open to students of all majors within the College of Liberal Arts,  Stetson School of Business and Economics, School of Engineering, Tift College of Education, Townsend School of Music, and College of Health Professions.

Mercer International Scholars Track Director

Dr. Fernando Palacios, Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature

Course Requirements

  • HON 110-115—University Honors Program Seminars (2 hours)—First Year
  • HON 210—The Global Context (1 hour)—Second Year
  • HON 215—Solving Problems Across Cultures (2 hours)—Third Year
  • HON 305—Honors Preceptorship (1 hour)—Junior Year
  • HON 325—Seminar in Global Issues (2 hours)—Fourth Year
  • FLL 252 (or equivalent) in a modern language (Chinese, French, German, or Spanish
  • NOTE: Students may choose to register for HON 405 to earn three hours of credit per course as they work on their Senior Project.
  • University Honors Commons Events and Reflections (2 annually)
  • International Experience Requirements:

(Students must complete one of the following options:)

Option 1: Study Abroad—Students fulfilling this option must complete a study abroad (outside of the United States) experience of at least two weeks either as a semester abroad, a faculty-led study tour, or a Mercer on Mission. To fulfill this requirement students must both complete the coursework required as part of the course(s) and submit a reflection on their experiences abroad. Students may fulfill this requirement either in one or multiple trips as long as each trip lasts at least one week.

Option 2: Global Ambassadors Program—Students fulfilling this option must participate for at least 45 hours in the Model Conferences (UN, EU, NATO, Arab League), Global Citizenship activities, and/or Cross-Cultural Friendships activities as outlined in Mercer’s Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) over the course of their four years at Mercer. Specific activities and functions will be determined in consultation with the International Scholars track director and the GAP Director.

  • Senior Culminating Project—Students are required to design, create and/or implement a culminating NGO/Development-based International Research Report/Project. The nature and size of the report will be commensurate with the student’s major and will be determined in consultation with the student’s academic mentor in the major and the International Track Director.

GPA Requirement

Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout their undergraduate career at Mercer and at graduation. Students who fall below 3.5 at any point in their undergraduate career will be subject to suspension and/or removal from the program. Such cases will be handled on an individual basis in consultation with the track director.