Ohio University

Welcome Letter

Doctor Lorna Jean Edmonds, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies and Director of the Center for International Studies

Welcome! You have taken an important step forward by choosing to embark on a future enriched with a global studies academic degree. The Center for International Studies (CIS) at Ohio University offers distinct interdisciplinary programs that will prepare you for the ever globalized world.

By joining the CIS, you are now part of outstanding graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs in area studies, war and peace studies, development studies, and global leadership. Our programs attract students from across the state of Ohio, the country and around the globe. Leading these programs are distinguished faculty members from ten colleges all across our campuses. Also supporting your success are our experienced staff in Yamada International House.

Our highly-respected undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offer a wide range of courses to enable you to explore and build capacity and expertise in your desired field of interest. In addition, you will have the opportunity to become knowledgeable of social, economic, and technological trends and global issues facing our "one world within the universe," while you also study languages and culture. Our programs offer you the experience and challenge of addressing real issues domestically and internationally in an inclusive, collaborative and thoughtful learning environment. Central to this are learning models for affecting social change. In addition, the Ohio University campus offers an outstanding array of events, activities, organizations and other extracurricular programs in which you can become involved.

Over the course of your time at the CIS you will have an opportunity to prepare for the next phase of your career and community life. The CIS offers a global professional development series, “The Global Professional in Today’s World,” to provide ongoing advice and guidance, and to create opportunities for students to meet some of our global alumni. Today, our graduates are working in the public and private sectors in Ohio, across the country, and around the world as leaders, educators, researchers, practitioners, and personnel in non-governmental organizations, governments, industries, media, and development agencies. The CIS Bobcat footprint is impressive and we are very proud of our alumni.

I wish you every success!

Lorna Jean Edmonds, PhD.
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies
Director of the Center for International Studies

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