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

International Studies - Latin America Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4408

College of Arts and Sciences 
Undergraduate Program in International Studies 
Yamada International  House
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 Latin American Studies major promotes a greater understanding of Latin America through academic coursework, study abroad and language acquisition.  At Ohio University nearly twenty-five faculty members from ten disciplines are dedicated Latin American scholars. The field work they conduct in Ecuador, Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Honduras, and elsewhere in Latin America has produced an impressive list of academic publications. The faculty’s research and experience in the region create an intellectual atmosphere where students are challenged to understand Latin America within a context of regional and global change.

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:

Latin American Area Studies

Latin American 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.

Latin American Languages Taught at OU

Spanish, Portugeuse

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