Programs & Initiatives

Global citizens promote peace – freedom from disturbance, violence, and war. Stetson University aspires to inspire a culture of peace and hope, and to educate for non-violent alternatives. To build capacity as a higher education leader in promoting a culture of peace, Stetson University actively confronts and tackles complex global issues while supporting a host of programs and initiatives aimed at raising awareness, understanding, and action.

Poverty & Homelessness

Across the globe, the number of school-aged children experiencing poverty and homelessness continues to rise. Stetson’s annual Poverty & Homelessness Conference explores strategies for reducing povery and homelessness in local and global communities.

Water and the Environment

The Environmental Science & Studies Program equips students with skills and competencies to address complex environmental problems and make sound decisions to protect natural resources. Stetson’s Institute for Water and Envrionmental Resilience focuses on water and environmental research to offer policy options to protect natural resources in Central Florida and beyond. At the College of Law, the Institute for Biodiversity and Law serves as an interdisciplinary focal point for education, research and service activities related to global, regional and local biodiversity issues.


Stetson University has long pursued diverse activities and projects around food deserts and sustainable food systems. Toward launching an innovative, interdisciplinary program in Sustainable Food Systems, Stetson is seeking a Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems with expertise in food policy, food justice, community health and/or urban and innovative food production systems. The annual Food Forum focuses on student access to fresh and locally-grown food, growing food with environmental responsibility and sustainability, and reducing food waste. 


The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Peace Corps Prep builds several competencies for integrating Stetson students’ coursework with hands-on experience and professional development in preparation for the Peace Corps volunteer opportunity.


Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy promotes the continuing development of unparalleled advocacy skills through teaching, scholarship and research. Stetson Law has consistently ranks first in the nation for trial advocacy by U.S. News and World Report.


The Veterans Law Institute’s  mission is to increase legal services available to the growing population of military members, veterans and their families in the Tampa Bay area. The center also offers services to current and prospective students who are active or retired service members.


As a vehicle of global citizenship, higher education brings people of disparate experiences and backgrounds together to explore and dialogue across similarities and differences and build shared understanding (not necessarily agreement) and broadening of perspectives.

Stetson offers several academic programs in area studies that span the globe. The Africana Studies program examines the experiences, history and civilizations, intellectual and economic development, social organization and cultures of the peoples of Africa on the continent and in the Diaspora. Asian Studies explore histories, businesses, politics, economies, religions, cultures, and languages, and an understanding and appreciation of Asia. The Latin American Studies  program brings attention to the region’s social, cultural, political and economic systems. Stetson’s Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies focuses on the territory, peoples, history, languages and cultural practices of the Eurasian landmass from a multidisciplinary perspective. Finally, the Global Development Program investigates causes, consequences, and possible solutions to underdevelopment and poverty evident in developing countries.

World Languages and Cultures promotes foreign language learning as vital to globalization and intercultural and linguistic perspectives. The Department of History offers courses and research that cover time periods from ancient to modern and regions around the globe. International Business focuses on leadership and managerial roles in companies working across national borders and the prestigious Roland George Investment Program manages a real international portfolio comprising $3.5 million in stocks and bonds.

Stetson’s Adult Degree Completion Program in organizational leadership recognizes the complexity and diversity of learning timelines for adult learners and disruption to degree progress. The hybrid program is designed for working professionals to finish their college degrees for success in the global marketplace.

International Exchange

Formalized international exchange takes Stetson’s teacher-scholars to the world and brings foreign scholars to Stetson University. Faculty Exchange promotes teaching, study, and research in foreign countries. Visiting scholars (both U.S. and foreign) bring niche global expertise and knowledge to Stetson’s teaching and research repertoire. At Stetson, the Fulbright Scholars program takes faculty abroad to teach and conduct research while University administrators engage in seminars to learn more about international and intercultural learning. Stetson’s international language scholars, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants and ALLEX Fellows, support Stetson’s language program by bringing native language teachers with cultural expertise to the classroom. The Faculty-Led  Study Abroad program aspires to develop global citizenship and intercultural competency through immersive high-impact educational practices abroad. WORLD Class Travel Awards promote faculty international study and exploration while Summer Grants boost faculty research and expertise in the U.S. and abroad.


Music and the arts, as international languages of peace and harmony, are championed by Stetson’s School of Music and the Creative Arts.  Educating musicians for the stage and the classroom since 1936, the School of Music boasts bands, orchestras, choirs, and opera that are award-winning and critically-acclaimed both at home and abroad. The Creative Arts at Stetson span studio, digital, theatrical and art history, producing advocates and artist-scholars who see themselves as members of a global community, as well as citizens of their respective nations and cultures.

Global Footprint

Learn more about Stetson’s global reach at its  interactive dashboard. Visit the dashboard often to see new updates.