Jennifer Wallace University System of Maryland
As increasing globalization and political fragmentation highlight the need for students to expand their perspective as “global citizens,” one might expect political science students to be at the forefront of study abroad opportunities. Yet students within the social sciences made up only 17.2 percent of U.S. study abroad students in 2016/17, outnumbered by students in business and management (20.7%) as well as STEM (25.8%), according to the Institute of International Education’s 2018 Open Doors Report on International Exchange. While the participation of social science majors in study abroad programs is still high relative to the total student population in the major, growth in study abroad participation has not kept pace with other majors and is worthy of further exploration.
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