Internationalizing the Curriculum

Harold Scott, Jr. Ph.D.

April 14, 2010


Prior to coming to Howard in 2001, Dr. Harold Scott, Jr. served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and lectured at Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham College.   At Howard, he teaches courses in the Department of Political Science—courses such as Introduction to Political Science, Conflict Resolution, and International Organization.   An expert on military intelligence, he has published articles in domestic and international journals while presenting numerous papers at conferences here and abroad.  However, at Howard he is best known as the Interim Director of the University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.

According to the Bunche Center website, the center was founded in 1993 “to serve as a focal point for the University’s many and varied international activities and interests.”  Since its founding, the Center has become “an incubator and focal point of interdisciplinary programs of study and discussion.  During a single semester the Center hosted programs on women’s issues, economic development, Russia, ethnic conflict, democratization, civil wars and the global financial crisis, featuring lecturers ranging from professors to heads of state.”  The Center also serves “as Howard’s point of contact for a range of inquiries from entities outside the University: foreign embassies, governments, universities and corporations, as well as U.S. government agencies.”  With the help of its Diplomats-in-Residence, the Center has placed record numbers of Howard interns at embassies around the world and helped Howard students win foreign affairs fellowships.  Independently, the Center has also enabled countless Howard students to participate in international travel, conferences, and jobs.

Pursuing the mission of the Bunche Center and Howard University, Dr. Scott strives in this video to help faculty prepare “leaders for America and the global community.”  With this aim in mind, he demonstrates how faculty can infuse their courses with an international perspective, regardless of their discipline, and how they can direct students to resources that will expand and enrich their international understanding. 


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