The Department of International Studies is (generally) where students come to fulfill free electives. However, most find that they enjoy the classes they take there, often returning for more. The department provides students a break from their academic schedules, gaining new perspectives and expanding their knowledge. In class, the professors provide students a platform in which they can voice their opinions and engage in an open dialogue. It allows students from different fields a chance to elevate their intellect and broaden the depth of their knowledge. When taking a class in the department, students are left with a more holistic educational experience.
Due to the size of the Department of International Studies, students are able to gain a better academic experience for several reasons. This is partially due to the ability of professors and students to develop more personal relationships. These relationships extend beyond an academic one and allow students and professors to know each other beyond a classroom setting. Professors are given a chance to take a personal interest in each and every student, providing them with the necessary tools to pursue their goals and intellectual passions. The faculty are more than just educators, they are mentors that mold students ensuring that they develop both academically and personally. Whether students take a class or major in the field, they leave having gained something, be it knowledge, friends, a mentor or all three.