Program Director: Dr. Kay
Students preparing for careers related to international studies and for graduate study in international relations programs or who wish to pursue international studies as a field within the liberal arts tradition may adopt an international studies major. The major will consist of at least 12 units including a core curriculum and a concentration in either general studies or area studies. An integrative Senior Seminar is required as part of the core curriculum. In addition, some proficiency in a foreign language is required as are two cognate/humanities electives. See the international studies program booklet for a detailed description of the major. The booklet and further information can be found on the International Studies Program website (https://owu.edu/internationalstudies).
Each international studies student is strongly urged to spend one semester on either an approved program of study abroad or an approved international internship program. No course in the major program may be taken credit/no entry. One directed reading or independent study course may be substituted for an elective. Students are encouraged to undertake such study, particularly when it is interdisciplinary in nature.
An International Studies Committee composed of four faculty members, one each selected by the departments of economics, history, politics and government, and modern foreign languages, must approve the student’s precise program and subsequent modifications. Current committee members are Chairperson Sean Kay (Politics and Government); Goran Skosples (Economics); Jeremy Baskes (History); and Thomas Wolber (Modern Foreign Languages).
The core curriculum consists of four units: PG 112 - Global Issues or PG 113 - Democracy, Dictatorship, and Political Change ; PG 360 - International Politics or PG 344 Comparative Political Topics: Democratization; PG 499B Senior Seminar in International Relations; and ECON 370 - Economic Systems or ECON 372 - International Economics .
Concentrations are offered in general international studies or in particular areas of the world (Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East). The latter concentrations occasionally involve one country.