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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Global Studies—Africa Major (B.A.)

Major code BA4405

Center for International Studies
Yamada International House 106
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.1840
Fax:  740.593.1837

Catherine Cutcher, contact person

Program Overview

The African Studies Program 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.  The Global Studies-Africa major is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Africa applicable for a wide variety of professions.

Global Studies - Africa majors are required to study at least one African language for three years, or study one language for two years and another language for one year.  Majors are also required to study abroad or intern in Africa.  Students must consult with their advisor and the Office of Global Opportunities before committing to an internship or study abroad program.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Global Studies--Africa alumni find meaningful post-baccalaureate opportunities in their chosen fields of education, the non-profit world, public policy, the business sector and more.