Jun 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

International Studies Major (B.A.)


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Major code BA5238*

Center for International Studies  
Yamada International House, First Floor
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.1840
Fax:  740.593.1837
international.studies@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/cis/

Dr. Joshua Hill, contact person
hillj6@ohio.edu

Program Overview

International Studies is a globally-focused interdisciplinary program that draws courses from different disciplines in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and physical sciences. Students select one regional concentration (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Middle East/North Africa) and one transregional theme (Global Communication; International Development and Global Commerce; Health and Development; Arts, Culture, and Society; Global Sustainability and Environmental Literacy; or Security Studies) as areas of specialization. Advanced language study and a study abroad experience are required.

The interdisciplinary nature of the International Studies major is applicable to a wide variety of professions.

*This program was approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education on 8/21/23. It is replacing the following programs: BA4405 - Global Studies - Africa, BA4406 - Global Studies - Asia, BA4407 - Global Studies - Europe, and BA4408 - Global Studies - Latin America.

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

International Studies graduates will possess the skills and knowledge to find meaningful post-baccalaureate opportunities in a variety of fields, including government, education, non-profits, business, and more. Through their language training and study abroad experience, graduates will be well-positioned to participate effectively in today’s globalized and diverse workplace.

Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement


View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Foreign Language and Study Abroad Requirement


The International Studies program requires completion of three years (6 semesters) or equivalent of a foreign language. This can consist of 3 years in the same language, or 2 years in one language with an additional year in another language. Additionally, students are required to study abroad for at least 4 weeks in a location which overlaps with their regional concentration.

Regional Concentration


Complete one of the following regional concentration requirements. The requirements are composed of 12 credit hours which must come from three different subject areas.

Africa


Asia


Asia Regional Core


Complete one of the following courses:

Asia Regional Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from ONE of the following Asia Regional Options:

Option 1 - Asia

Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses:

Option 2 - East Asia

Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses: 

Europe


Europe Regional Core


Complete the following course:

Europe Regional Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses:

Latin America


Latin America Regional Core


Complete the following course:

Latin America Regional Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses:

Middle East and North Africa


Thematic Concentration


Complete one of the following thematic concentration requirements for a total of 12 hours.

Global Communication


Global Communication Thematic Core


Complete the following course:

Global Communication Thematic Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from the the following courses:

International Development and Global Commerce


International Development and Global Commerce Thematic Core


Complete the following course:

International Development and Global Commerce Thematic Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses:

Health and Development


Health and Development Thematic Core


Complete the following course:

Health and Development Thematic Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses:

Global Sustainability and Environmental Literacy


Global Sustainability and Environmental Literacy Thematic Core


Complete the following course:

Arts, Culture, and Society


Arts, Culture, and Society Thematic Core


Complete the following course:

Arts, Culture, and Society Thematic Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses:

Security Studies


Security Studies Thematic Core


Complete the following course:

Security Studies Thematic Elective


Complete a total of 9 hours from the following courses:

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