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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

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

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Major code BA4408

Center for International Studies 
Yamada International House 102
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1840
Fax: 740.593.1837

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 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.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

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

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.

Program Requirements

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:

Global Studies

Complete 20 hours from the following:

Latin American Area Studies

Latin American Studies courses

Any course from the following: Portugese, Spanish.

Education Abroad/Internship

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


Complete 3 years of coursework in Spanish or demonstrate equivalency. Courses taken to satisfy this requirement do not count toward total number of credit hours for the major. However, further credits in Spanish or Portugese will count toward major requirements. See International Studies adviser to complete process for approval of language/study abroad choice(s).

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