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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Global Studies—Africa Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4405

Center for International Studies 
Yamada International House 213
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.1840
Fax:  740.593.1837

Catherine Cutcher, contact person

Program Overview

The African Studies Program grew out of the excitement emanating from the decolonization of the continent in the mid-1960’s and the awareness of the important role Africa could play in world affairs.  Today the interdisciplinary nature of the program allows the student to build a course of study reflecting Africa’s contemporary reality.  Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions.  Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case study of the process of social change in the developing world.  The Global Studies-Africa major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Africa applicable for a wide variety of professions.

Global Studies - Africa majors are required to study at least one African language for three years, or study one language for two years and another language for one year.  Majors are also required to study abroad or intern in Africa.  Students must consult with their advisor and the Office of Global Opportunities before committing to an internship or study abroad program.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Global Studies–Africa alumni find meaningful post-baccalaureate opportunities in their chosen fields of education, the non-profit world, public policy, the business sector and more.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Global Studies Core Requirements

Complete 42 hours, in addition to the language requirement, including the following courses:

Global Studies Electives

Complete 9 hours from the following courses (GLC courses for GLC students only):

African Studies Core Course

Complete the following course:

African Studies Electives

African Studies Courses

Complete 12 hours from the following courses. Courses must be from three different departments.

African Language Courses

In combination with your B.A. language requirement, complete a total of 3 years (6 semesters) or equivalent in one African language or 2 years of one African language and 1 year of another African language. Choose from the following African languages:

Education Abroad/Internship

Complete one advisor-approved education abroad or internship experience which complements area and language of study; and is at least 5 weeks in duration.

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