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Community Services Programs

Community Service Programs give you the chance to make a difference in the world around you--and, in the process, to make a difference in yourself. The Center for Community Service, located in Baker Center 033, can help you find the right community service opportunity. Programs include volunteer referral, national service, Community Service Federal Work-Study, service-learning, and student corps. Some offer career-related experience and academic credit.

Department Honors Programs

Outstanding undergraduate students at Ohio University who are not students in the Honors Tutorial College may choose to earn departmental honors in their major. A thesis or project is required and, depending on the major, may be either an expository or creative piece of original work, the result of supervised research, or a collection of artistic endeavors. A departmental supervisor helps in the decision of an appropriate project and guides you toward completion of the thesis or project. Departments determine eligibility of students, and you should talk with the Honors Coordinator in the department about your interest in this program. To graduate with departmental honors, you must have satisfied the criteria required by your major department. You are advised to start planning this program as soon as possible.

Office of Education Abroad

Ohio University is committed to encouraging and supporting undergraduate participation in international education programs. Consistent with Ohio University's mission statement, we believe that such experiences enhance the curriculum, deepen intellectual thought processes, enrich cross-cultural awareness, broaden perspectives, and help prepare students to be competitive members in the global workforce.

Ohio University offers undergraduate students more than 65 institutionally sponsored programs, with study sites located on every continent. The Office of Education Abroad assists in the administration of most Ohio University programs overseas, including registration and billing of participants, maintains a resource library of material and references regarding education abroad opportunities, and through extensive advising, workshops, special sessions, and pre-departure orientations, help to prepare students to undertake an education abroad experience.

Education abroad opportunities for undergraduates include study abroad--the traditional academic route to the overseas experience--which forms the core of education abroad programs. Such programs are generally faculty-led and involve a group of Ohio University students who take Ohio University credit courses abroad. Students receive an orientation on-campus prior to departure and usually travel together to their destination with a faculty program director. About 80 percent of our program participants are enrolled in these programs. In an effort to promote study abroad to students in every major and every academic rank, freshmen to seniors, Ohio University established its first International Study Center, the Ohio-Leipzig European Center, in cooperation with the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2000.

Another education abroad option is exchange student programs, based on a reciprocal agreement with a host institution abroad. An Ohio University student trades places with a student from the foreign university, generally for a semester or academic year. Exchange student status is awarded to students on a competitive selection basis.

A third education abroad option is international internships, which provide students with practical experience through on-the-job training in their field, while simultaneously giving students the opportunity to experience a different culture and work environment.

Still more opportunities for under-graduate research abroad are being developed, particularly in the sciences. In such programs, students assist faculty members conducting research in a particular discipline through field study and data collection.

Additionally, the service-learning program emphasizes involvement with and/or service to citizens of the host country, an experience often similar to the Peace Corps. Certain types of student teaching, social work, and development-related activities are characteristic of this form of education abroad.

Finally, work and voulnteer options, often offered in the summer, are becoming increasingly popular among undergraduate students.

For more information about these and other opportunities, visit our Web site at, e-mail us at or come to the Office of Education Abroad in 107 Gordy Hall during our walk-in advising hours, Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.

Global Learning Community Certificate Program

The Global Learning Community (GLC) is an innovative program that prepares students for leadership opportunities in a rapidly changing world. Open to all majors, the GLC brings together the resources of the colleges of Communication, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Business in an interdisciplinary 30 quarter-hour program on global issues, with a strong emphasis on real-world projects and problem-solving skills. The program has several distinctive features:

Project-based learning. GLC courses are not traditional classes with lectures, tests, and papers. Instead, students work in project teams on real-world problems and issues. Project-based learning challenges students to determine what they need to know to solve the problem, how they are going to find the information they need, and how they are going to apply it. Project-based learning also changes the role of faculty members; rather than providing the students with specific course content, faculty advise, consult, and provide feedback on all aspects of a project--from research and analysis to report writing and presentations.

Learning community. The GLC is housed in Bromley Hall. Students enter the GLC in fall quarter of their sophomore or junior year. Sophomores spend their sophomore year in residence; residency is an option for entering juniors and second year GLC students. Faculty join students for meals, cultural events, and other activities. The purpose of the residential plan is to build a living and learning community that combines the professional and social spheres and fosters teamwork; in such a community, students working in teams on projects should come to regard each other as colleagues with a shared mission.

International experiences. Each GLC student completes at least two international and cross-cultural projects. First year GLC students undertake consulting projects, working in bi-national teams with students from an overseas university (the GLC worked in Hungary, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, Thailand, and Mexico). After the first year, students do an internship overseas or complete a second study abroad program.

Students apply for admission in their freshman or sophomore year. All standard financial aid programs apply. Several need-based room scholarships are awarded each year; in 2000, about 25 students received international travel grants.

Plan of study. The program consists of eight projects and an international internship or second study abroad program, taken over two years in the following sequence:

Sophomore Year

Fall GLC 201, 202 (8 hours)

Winter GLC 203, 204 (8 hours)

Spring GLC 205 (2 hours)

Junior Year

Fall GLC 301 (4 hours)

Winter GLC 302 (4 hours)

Spring GLC 303 (4 hours)

The internship (GLC 400, 0-6 hours) may be taken at any time after the first year in the GLC program. GLC courses count toward specialization or distribution requirements for most majors.

Other requirements. Students are required to demonstrate competency in a modern language to the 213 level (or equivalent) by the time they graduate. Students planning to enter the GLC are advised to take General Education Tier II courses from among the following: ANTH 101, ECON 103, ECON 104, GEOG 131, HIST 131, POLS 150, POLS 250, SOC 101, SOC 201.

For more information, call 740-597-2794, visit our website at or reach us by e-mail at

Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) assists Ohio University students with virtually all facets of applying for some of the most prestigious awards available to undergraduates. This includes, but is not limited to, such impressive and competitive awards as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Udall, and Goldwater Scholarships.

Services offered include providing specific information about scholarships and awards; mentoring and counseling students about their particular situations and candidacies, assisting with the application processes, and organizing seminars and supportive programs for students. Most national awards are merit based and extremely competititve. To be considered viable candidates, students should have at least a 3.7 GPA and be actively involved in both their studies and extracurricular activities.

ONCA is located at 35 Park Place. Call 593-1632 for more information or visit their Web site:

Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund

The Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund provides annual grants of up to $1500 each to support the research projects, creative projects, and scholarly work of undergraduate students. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time on the Athens campus and must be endorsed by a tenure-track faculty member. Grants may be used for research related materials, supplies, and travel. The fund is administered through the office of the assistant dean in the Honors Tutorial College. Guidelines and an application form are available on the Web:

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