The interdisciplinary major of International Studies explores how countries interact in our ever-shrinking world. Whether you are interested in examining issues in the world in general, or in a particular region of the world, the cross-disciplinary nature of International Studies gives you a chance to work closely with a variety of professors and develop a major that satiates your intellectual interests.
About the Major
With this interdisciplinary major, you’re able to pursue general international studies or concentrate on a specific region--Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, or Middle East. You’ll take a total of 12 units, with a core curriculum consisting of courses in global issues, international economics, and international politics. You’re encouraged to study at least one foreign language and spend at least one semester studying or interning abroad to assist with cultural understanding. You’ll cap off your major with an integrative senior seminar to help tie everything together.
The program’s interdisciplinary faculty includes professors from politics and government, history, economics, and modern foreign languages.
We emphasize intellectual curiosity, creativity, initiative, and synthesis. OWU provides opportunities, including traveling to remote locations, for you to explore an existing problem or process—or perhaps to develop a totally new avenue of exploration. You can work with a faculty mentor and apply for grant funding.
You can present your research at the Student Symposium in the spring and at other conferences.
United Nations Club
This is the perfect place to learn more about international organizations. As a club member, you’ll participate in annual National Model United Nations simulations and regional conferences.
With students from more than 40 countries on campus, the world is here. And you’ll be able to participate in clubs and organizations including VIVA (promoting the cultures of Latin America) and SANGAM (highlighting South Asian cultures).