Oct 04, 2023
Major code BA4406
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 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.
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:
Asian Area Studies Courses
Any course from the following: Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Japanese Culture, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese.
East Asian Studies Courses
Any course from the following: Chinese, Japanese, Japanese Culture.
Southeast Asian Studies Courses
Any course from the following: Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese.
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.