Meet Liberal Studies Alumna Logan Stearman

Logan Stearman is the December 2018 Outstanding Graduate of the Liberal Studies program and majored in International Studies.
Meet Liberal Studies Alumna Logan Stearman

Logan Stearman

Individualized Major: International Studies

Minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Minor in Women and Gender Studies, Certificate in Peace, Justice, & Conflict Transformation

Double-majored in Political Science

Graduation year: 2018

Next Steps: Camp Taylor Elementary School Family Resource Center Assistant

How did your Individualized Major through the Liberal Studies Program prepare you for your next steps after graduation?

My Individualized Major has given me interdisciplinary skills and knowledge that has opened the doors to many opportunities in a variety of fields. My major has allowed me to travel multiple times during my college career, as well as understand and appreciate the importance of diversity and cultural competency.

Most memorable class you took as an undergrad? Why?

The most memorable class I took as an undergrad was PEAC 325 (Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation) with Eli McCarthy. The course exposed me to the fundamental issues under the large umbrella of Peace Studies. The topics of the course included: conflict analysis, peace building, social justice, and more. I loved the course so much; I have decided my future studies will be concentrated in Peace Studies.

What is the most thrilling or adventurous thing you've ever done?

The most adventurous thing I have ever done is backpack through Egypt. Starting in Cairo, I travelled to the southern region to Aswan before taking a felucca back up the Nile River and ending my journey at the Red Sea.

Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you're committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.

A key mentor of mine would have to be Dr. Russell Vandenbroucke from the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation department. He was not only one of my professors, but he was also my internship advisor. Dr. Vandenbroucke challenged me to be analytical and taught me critical thinking skills. Most notably, he taught me how important concepts in Peace Studies are in the world today.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Qdoba. I probably eat it twice a week.

Advice for current Individualized Majors?

You will have knowledge about multiple disciplines through this program, and with that comes more opportunities. Take each opportunity that comes your way. Not everything will work out. However, by the end of your college career, you will have a better understanding of yourself and your purpose.