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

International Studies - Asia Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4406

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 for Asia and Southeast Asia Tracks
Dr. Taka Suzuki, contact person for East Asia Track

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 utilizing that language.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Asian Studies Major is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of Asia, or a more in-depth understanding of East or Southeast Asia.

East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea comprise a vital region that stands at the forefront of dynamic changes in global politics and the world economy. As American businesses expand to East Asian nations, and East Asian-based businesses expand to the United States, many employers see graduates with a solid background in East Asia as desirable prospective employees.

Southeast Asia: Burgeoning economic trade with the United States, important sea lanes connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and the region’s extensive ethnic and religious diversity including the world’s largest Islamic nation are a few of the factors that underlie Southeast Asia’s strategic importance. The Southeast Asia track of the Asia major critically examines these trends as well as the rich cultures, traditions, and societies of Southeast Asia.

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:

Asian Area Studies

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • in addition to 24 more hours of Asian, East Asian or Southeast Area Studies courses out of three departments from one of the lists below:

Asian Area Studies Courses

East Asian 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.

Asian Languages Taught at OU

East Asian:  Chinese,  Japanese

Southeast Asian:  Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese

South Asian:  Hindi

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