International Studies, B.A./Global Studies, M.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 144

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48

Upper-Division Hours Within Major: 18


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 3.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 3.00

Program Code: A605/F497

Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or College of International Studies Requirements

The major requires 33 hours, 18 of which must be upper-division. 18 of the required 33 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies.

Major Requirements

I. International Relations (3 hours must be IAS designated)
Choose 3 hours from a list of courses maintained by the department3
IAS 5503Theory and Practice of International Politics3
II. Development & Economics (3 hours must be IAS designated)
Choose 3 hours from a list of courses maintained by the department3
IAS 5713Policy Analysis and Writing3
III. History & Culture (3 hours must be IAS designated)
Choose 3 hours from a list of courses maintained by the department3
IAS 5003U.S. Foreign Relations3
IV. Politics & Society (3 hours must be IAS designated)
Choose 3 hours from a list of courses maintained by the department3
IAS 5703International Studies Colloquium3
V. Specialization (3 hours must be IAS designated)
Choose 6 hours in an area of specialization that fits career goals 16
VI. International Experience
Choose an approved international experience 2
VII. Senior Capstone Course
IAS 4013Senior Capstone Seminar in International and Area Studies3
Total Credit Hours33

Note: Students may take other appropriate courses as approved by the IAS Academic Advisor.

Major Support Requirements

Choose 16 hours of one foreign language16
ECON 1113Principles of Economics-Macro3
ECON 1123Principles of Economics-Micro3
IAS 2003Understanding the Global Community3
Total Credit Hours25

M.A. Component

Global Economics
Choose 3 hours from a list of Global Economics courses provided by the department3
Area Studies
Choose 6 hours from a list of Area Studies courses provided by the department6
Law and Institution
Choose 3 hours from a list of Law and Institutions courses provided by the department3
Global Security
Choose 3 hours from a list of Global Security courses provided by the department3
Electives
Choose 6 hours as approved by the graduate liaison 16
Cumulating Exercise/Thesis
IAS 5980Research for Master's Thesis3
or IAS 5723 Global Policy Workshop
Total Credit Hours24

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of International Studies requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at: http://www.ou.edu/content/gened/courses.htmlCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language
(0-13 hours in the same language) The College of International Studies requirement cannot be met by high school coursework
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics
Choose one course3
Core Area II: Natural Science
Choose two courses from different disciplines in the biological and/or physical sciences, one of which must include a laboratory component 17
Core Area III: Social Science
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities
Artistic Forms
Choose one course 43
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course 3,43
World Culture
Choose one course 43
Core Area V: First-Year Experience
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours37-50

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Total Hours: A minimum of 144 semester hours acceptable toward graduation must be completed of both the B.A. and the M.A.
Upper-Division Hours: A minimum of 48 upper-division semester hours acceptable toward graduation must be completed. OU courses numbered 3000 or above are upper-division. Transfer work is counted as lower-division or upper-division credit depending on the level at which it was offered at the institution where it was earned. Two-year college work is accepted only as lower-division credit.
Liberal Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Major Work: A minimum of 33 semester hours must be earned in the major, including a minimum of 18 credit hours at the upper-division level.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
Military, Military In-Service, Skills, Applied Technology, and P.E. Courses: A maximum of 16 semester credit hours of basic skills and/or applied technology courses. No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.
  • Credits earned via examination are neither resident nor nonresident credit.

Information regarding Grade Point Averages, Special Degrees, and Application for Graduation can be found in the catalog under David L. Boren College of International Studies: Undergraduate Study.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan is a sample of one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in five years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of International Studies academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of International Studies, International Studies, and Global Studies major requirements.

  • Junior Year/Second Semester - Study Abroad Semester
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH (Core I) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
Natural Science with Lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
IAS 2003 Understanding the Global Community 3
First-Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours17
Sophomore
First Semester
ECON 1113 Principles of Economics-Macro (Core III) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Intermediate Language 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Natural Science without Lab (Core II) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ECON 1123 Principles of Economics-Micro 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Intermediate Language continued 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
Politics and Society Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1
 Credit Hours16
Junior
First Semester
Development and Economics Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
History and Culture Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:  
Specialization Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) (recommend take in summer) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
IAS 5503 Theory and Practice of International Politics 3
IAS 5703 International Studies Colloquium 3
International Relations Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
IAS 4013 Senior Capstone Seminar in International and Area Studies 3
IAS 5003 U.S. Foreign Relations 3
IAS 5713 Policy Analysis and Writing 3
Specialization Major Elective, upper-division (3000-4000 level) 3
 Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
First Semester
Graduate level Area Studies Course 3
Graduate level Global Economics Course 3
Graduate level Global Security Course 3
Graduate-level Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
Graduate level Area Studies Course 3
Graduate level Law and Institutions Course 3
IAS 5723
Global Policy Workshop
or Research for Master's Thesis
3
Graduate level Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours144

Bachelor’s degrees require a minimum of 48 hours of upper-division (3000-4000) coursework.

This plan of study should not be used in lieu of academic advisement.

Students who transfer from other institutions (particularly community colleges) must verify credit hour and course requirements with their academic counselor, (405) 325-1429, http://www.ou.edu/international.

Please make an appointment for a degree check with your college academic counselor once you have earned 90 hours.