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Global Studies Majors


African Studies Major Overview

BA4405: Global Studies - Africa  grew out of the excitement emanating from the decolonization of the continent in the mid‐1960’s and the awareness of the important role Africa could play in world affairs. Today the interdisciplinary nature of the program allows the student to build a course of study reflecting Africa’s contemporary reality. Themes include the socioeconomic development of the continent in the context of Africa’s grand cultural and historical traditions. Students may also view the study of Africa as an excellent case study of the process of social change in the developing world.  

Asian Studies Major Overview

BA4406: Global Studies - Asia   is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Asia, or a more in-depth understanding of East Asia or Southeast Asia.  Asia comprises a vital region that stands at the forefront of dynamic changes in global politics and the world economy. As American and East Asian businesses expand their cooperation and trade, many employers seek to hire graduates with a solid background in East Asia.  Southeast Asia also holds great strategic importance due to burgeoning economic trade with the United States, important sea lanes connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and the region’s extensive ethnic and religious diversity. Indonesia has a larger Muslim population than any other country in the world. The Global Studies - Asia major critically examines these trends as well as the rich cultures, traditions, and societies of Asia.  

European Studies Major Overview


BA4407: Global Studies - Europe  is designed to prepare students to understand the changing nature of European economics, culture and politics. Europe maintains vital cultural and political influence on a global scale.  The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students with a broad understanding of Europe applicable for a wide variety of professions.  Ohio University offers a large number of study abroad, exchange, and internship opportunities in Europe.



Latin America Major Overview

BA4408: Global Studies - Latin America  promotes a greater understanding of Latin America through academic coursework and language acquisition.  At Ohio University nearly 25 faculty members from 10 disciplines are dedicated Latin American scholars. The field work they conduct throughout Latin America has produced an impressive list of academic publications. The faculty’s research and experience in the region create an intellectual atmosphere where students are challenged to understand Latin America within a context of regional and global change. 

War and Peace Major Overview

BA4409: Global Studies - War and Peace  allows students to explore the field of security studies from an interdisciplinary perspective. There has been a recent and dramatic spike in the demand for graduates in security studies. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security, new emphases on improved intelligence analysis and risk assessments, border control, immigration, heightened proliferation threats around the globe, increased attention and hiring in the areas of counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, as well as reconstruction and development culminate in demand for students well trained in war and peace studies. The job market is competitive and every career demands a substantive understanding of global dynamics today. 
In our program, we introduce our students to the fields of peace and security studies through one-on-one advising, intensive language training and education abroad.  The students also participate in the myriad events and workshops related to dynamics of conflict and cooperation, network with experts and activists, work closely with our faculty and present their research in national conferences. War and Peace students are exceptional, winning nationally competitive awards every year. Faculty involved with the program are top-rated scholars and teachers, many of whom have won campus-wide teaching awards and have published scholarly works with top presses and in major journals.


War and Peace Studies News

War and Peace Studies (WPS) announces annual sponsorship for one exceptional WPS major to attend the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) at the West Point Military Academy.   For more information about SCUSA, please click here.

War and Peace Studies announces annual sponsorship of a student research presentation at a peace conference. For more information about the conference, please click here.

Current War and Peace studies students can apply to attend these conferences by contacting sandal@ohio.edu.


For more information

Please contact:

Dr. Catherine Cutcher 
Assistant Director 
Global Studies Programs 
Center for International Studies 
Yamada International House 
Ohio University 
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 597-2756 
Email: cutcher@ohio.edu





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