Oct 04, 2023
Major code BA4405
Center for International Studies
Yamada International House 102
Athens, OH 45701
Laura Schaeffer, contact person
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 encourages breadth and depth of language study and calls for the education and training of persons who are knowledgeable of history, world views and cultures other than their own.
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.
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
Our students are well equipped for careers with non-governmental and governmental organizations, multinational corporations, and think tanks, as well as to pursue graduate degrees in a related fields.
The requirements for a major consist of a minimum of 65 quarter hours in addition to the Language Requirement:
Core International Studies Courses
Complete 17 credit hours:
Complete 20 hours from the following:
African Area Studies Courses
Any course from the following: Akan, Arabic, French (FR 111-213, 341-343, 454), Kikuyu, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Swahili, Tigrinya, Wolof.
Complete at least one quarter-length, advisor-approved education abroad or internship experience which complements area and language of study.
Complete either 3 years of coursework in a single language, 2 years of one language and 1 of another, or demonstrate equivalency. See International Studies advisor to complete process for approval of language/study abroad choice(s). At least one of the languages studied should match area of study (if applicable) and education abroad destination/internship focus. Both breadth and depth of language study are encouraged. The choice of depth ( 3 years of one language) or breadth (2 years of one language plus one of another) should correspond to the logic of each student’s academic goals. Courses taken to satisfy this requirement do not count towards total number of credit hours for the major unless the chosen language does not count towards the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities section. If that is the case, those courses will count towards the Area Studies portion of the major.