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School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
Mary-Lou Tyler
Academic Advisor
School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Director's Message

Long term success in any profession - law, education, business, government or not for profit service - requires knowledge of the international domain.  Information is not the problem - we are barraged with it daily. The understanding needed to make sound decisions in our organizations, however, demands more than simply being informed.  We need to learn ways to distill and use the plethora of information available to us without losing its richness and complexity.  The ability to do this - and to accomplish it in a manner that shows abiding respect for communication and partnerships among countries and cultures - is the strength of the School of International Studies (SIS) at University of the Pacific.    Peruse our website, and it is not hard to understand why successful SIS graduates can be found the world over: at global think tanks in Washington D.C., in large companies, law firms, and entrepreneurial not-for-profit ventures; in well regarded master's and doctoral programs; and teaching in their own classrooms.

I have the honor of serving as the School's Director, and of working with the talented faculty, staff and students whose passion is to sort through these complicated issues critically, thoughtfully, and in a unique interdisciplinary way.  I'd like to briefly summarize what makes SIS so compelling.

SIS students learn to think well, and to apply what they're learning.   Each SIS student goes abroad for at least a semester, and learns at least one other language.  We offer more than 100 different programs in more than 60 countries.  Students benefit from SIS' internationally recognized cross cultural training program before and after their study abroad experience.  And students can take advantage of any number of experiential learning opportunities through local and global internships. Many students choose to design their own experiential program; we encourage this, and help students find the support they need.  SIS also reaches out to the community in many ways.  In the monthly "Tuesday World Forum," faculty scholars from SIS or guests lecture in a public forum on various international issues. SIS regularly hosts visiting scholars and diplomats. Most recently, Ambassador Arsene Balihuta, former Ugandan ambassador to Switzerland and the World Trade Organization.  

Students in SIS have great pride in their school, their ability to consider issues critically and make well supported decisions, their deep appreciation for cultures other than their own, and their often remarkable accomplishments. There is much more to learn about the dynamic, challenging, and rewarding environment that defines the School.  We invite you to visit the university.   We can arrange a weekday visit for you where you will be able to tour our beautiful campus, meet with our faculty and staff, sit in on one of our team-taught courses, and have lunch with current SIS students. To arrange a visit call Ms. Mary-Lou Tyler,  Academis Advisor, at 209.946.2650.  You may feel free to contact me with questions as well, at

We hope to see you at Pacific, and at the School of International Studies. 

William E. Herrin, PhD
Director, School of International Studies

Professor of Economics
University of the Pacific