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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

International Studies - Africa Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4405

College of Arts and Sciences 
Undergraduate Program in International Studies 
Yamada International House 102
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740-593-1840
Fax:  740-593-1837

Laura Schaeffer, contact person

Program Overview

Knowledge of the interdependent world in which we live and work is essential to all citizens.  Through pursuit of the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies degree students develop international competence which involves understanding other peoples and societies well enough to work effectively with them on a broad range of common problems.  The degree calls for the education and training of persons who are proficient in a language other than their own and who understand the history, culture, goals, aspirations, and world view of a people utlizing that language. 

The African Studies Major grew out of the excitement emanating from the decolonization of the continent in the mid-1960s and the awareness of the important role Africa could play in world affairs.  Today the multi-disciplinary 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. 

Admissions Information

Any student admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences is eligible to enter this program.  Potential OU students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for complete information about admission procedures and requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

International Studies 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 complete all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements

Please see the College of Arts and Sciences  for college-level requirements.

Program Requirements

The international studies major requires the completion of at least 61 quarter hours.

Core International Studies Courses

Comparative/International Studies

Complete 12 hours from the following:

African Area Studies

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • in addition to 24 more hours of African Area Studies courses out of three departments from the list below:

African Area Studies Courses

Education Abroad/Internship

Complete at least one quarter-length, advisor-approved education abroad or internship experience which complements area and language of study.


With advisor’s approval, complete either three years of coursework in a single language, two years of each of two different languages, or demonstration of equivalency.  At least one of the languages studied must match area of study and education abroad destination/internship focus.  Students may petition their advisor to have a language they take elsewhere fulfill the requirement.

African Languages Taught at OU

  Akan, Arabic, French, Kikuyu, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Tigrinya, Wolof

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