2020-2021 Catalog 
    Nov 28, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Studies Major

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).

Learning Objectives

Specific intended student goals are to gain:

  • knowledge in the disciplinary categories of the field broadly or regionally/comparative and in related language and cognate courses;
  • skills in critical thinking and qualitative and quantitative analysis, and in written and oral communication;
  • value knowledge in a global context
  • ability to build upon existing knowledge and synthesize interdisciplinary thinking via capstone
  • intercultural skills that are attained via study abroad, travel-learning courses, theory-into-practice grants in addition to participation in on campus lecture series, Global Studies Institute, on-campus international living experiences and student club participation (i.e. Model United Nations), and national and international internship opportunities.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of four units: PG 112  Global Issues or PG 113  Comparative Political Issues; 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.

Major Requirements

Three units are specified: PG 362 ; ECON 353  OR GEOG 345  OR PG 364 ; and either HIST 286  or PG 361 . Three elective units chosen from among PG 346 , PG 361 , PG 371 ; HIST 352 , HIST 286 , and possibly HIST 377  or HIST 378 ; ECON 366 , ECON 261 /HIST 261 , ECON 376; BUS 376; GEOG 345  (if not taken as a specified unit), GEOG 245 ; GEOL 270 ; HIST 360 ; SOAN 367 ; WGS 300 4 . Two cognate units are chosen from among the humanities, including the art, English, humanities-classics, modern foreign languages, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre & dance departments. Note: A few courses are being revised, and electives may be modified. Contact program chairperson with any questions.

Area Studies

Area Concentrations

See website (https://owu.edu/internationalstudies) for most current information. Three units are specified: ECON 353 , SOAN 360 , and PG 349  (Asia) or PG 344  (Africa) or PG 348  (Latin America) or PG 344  (Middle East). Three elective units are chosen to focus on the specific area from the economics, history, politics and government, and sociology/anthropology departments. Two cognate units are chosen from the humanities, including the art, black world studies, comparative literature, modern foreign languages, music, and religion departments.

European Area

Three units are specified: PG 346 , HIST 352 , and either ECON 357  or ECON 261 /HIST 261 . Three elective units are chosen to focus on the specific country or area from the economics, geography, history, or politics and government departments. Two cognate units are chosen from the humanities, including the art, English, comparative literature, modern foreign languages, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre and dance departments.


Two units beyond the level of 111 are required and may be taken from the offerings of the modern foreign languages department and study-abroad programs, or a combination of the above, as arranged by the student. Offerings at Ohio Wesleyan in languages such as Italian and Russian are limited, so these languages can be used to satisfy this requirement only if the student completes the language study abroad or at another university. Exemption if student is international and is fluent in another language if student does not have a concentration.