College of International Studies 

729 Elm Ave.
Farzaneh Hall, Room 107
Norman, OK 73019-5144
Phone: (405) 325-1396
FAX: (405) 325-7454
Internet: http://www.ou.edu/cis.html
email: cis@ou.edu

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Administrative Officers 

  • Suzette R. Grillot, Ph.D., Dean and Vice Provost of International Programs and the William J. Crowe Chair of Geopolitics and Professor, Department of International and Area Studies
  • Rebecca Cruise, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, College of International Studies and Assistant Professor, Department of International and Area Studies
  • Mitchell P. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Chair of the Department of International and Area Studies and Max and Heidi Berry Chair in International Studies and Professor of International and Area Studies
  • Joshua M. Landis, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor, Department of International and Area Studies
  • Mark Raymond, Ph.D., Director of Cyber Governance & Policy Center
  • Mohammad Al-Masri, Ph.D., Director of the Arabic Flagship Partner Program and ConocoPhillips Professor of Arabic Language, Literature and Culture, and Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies and Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
  • Afshin Marashi, PhD, Director of Farzaneh Center for Iranian & Persian Gulf Studies
  • Kirk Duclaux, M.A., Director of Italian Programs in Arezzo, Italy
  • Caren Addis Botelho, Director of OU Programs in Brazil and Co-Coordinator of Latin American Partnerships
  • Armando Garcia, Director of OU Programs in Mexico and Co-Coordinator of Latin American Partnerships
  • Patsy Broadway, M.H.R., Director of Administration and Budget
  • Whitney Franca, Director of Education Abroad
  • Robyn Rojas, Director of International Student Services
  • Suzanne Kern, Director of International Risk Management and Staff Attorney
  • Annaly Beck, Director of Study Center Operations

General Information 

Based on President Boren’s vision of advancing a global prospective in all aspects of OU education, the College of International Studies was officially created in Spring 2011. Today the College includes Dean’s staff, the academic Department of International and Area Studies, the offices of Education Abroad and International Student Services as well as the OU Study Center in Arezzo, Italy. Together we work to provide an array of opportunities for students to learn more about themselves and the greater world around them.

Department of international studies

Department of International and Area Studies

Mitchell Smith, Ph.D., Director
729 Elm Ave.
Farzaneh Hall, Room 305
Norman, OK 73019-2105
Phone: (405) 325-1584
FAX: (405) 325-7738
Internet: http://www.ou.edu/cis/ias.html
email: dias@ou.edu

Faculty Roster 

Many faculty in the Department of International and Area Studies are jointly appointed in the Department and another academic department. The other departments are indicated in parentheses.

Professors Grillot, Landis, Smith; Associate Professors Gross (History), Heinze, Marashi, Shehata; Assistant Professors Al-Masri (Modern Languages), Cruise, de Sa e Silva, Hashemi, Jabbari (Modern Languages), Khalfaoui (Modern Languages), Kong, Letsa, Mahdi (Modern Languages), Raymond, Shah; Lecturers Fishel, Morais de Sa e Silva. 

Degrees Offered 

  • Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Global Engagement
  • Master of Arts in International Studies 
  • Master of Arts in Global Affairs
  • Master of Arts in International Relations

General Information 

The Department of International and Area Studies (IAS) works with colleges and departments across campus to promote internationalization of the curriculum of the University of Oklahoma and to train students to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world. At the center of the Department’s academic programs are the B.A. in International and Area Studies and the M.A. in International Studies. The goal of these degrees is to prepare students to take positions of leadership in fields such as international affairs, international business, and international non-profit services. In addition to a core faculty appointed within IAS, some faculty are jointly appointed in IAS and another academic department. In addition, more than 100 faculty across campus are involved as affiliate faculty of IAS. 

Students take a wide range of courses drawing from the Department of International and Area Studies; the departments of Anthropology, Communication, Economics, English, History, History of Science, Film and Video Studies, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology (College of Arts and Sciences); Art History, Music History (Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts); Geography (College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences); Architecture (College of Architecture); Management (Price College of Business); Educational Leadership (College of Education), among others. 

CAREERS 

The Department of International and Area Studies provides the first stage for students interested in foreign service, international relations, business, law, research, teaching, public service, or any other career where international knowledge and experience is useful and desirable. 

Student Organizations 

  • INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SOCIETY: The International Affairs Society (IAS) is a student organization created to promote international scholarship and global engagement and awareness at the University of Oklahoma. Although it is affiliated with the Department of International and Area Studies, membership is open to all OU students. IAS seeks to encourage international awareness and engagement at the University of Oklahoma; foster international understanding in general; provide student input into the curriculum, activities, and goals of the Department of International and Area Studies; coordinate communication and events with international and other OU students, and unify and represent the IAS student community. 
  • PHI BETA KAPPA: Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest college honor society, was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Alpha Chapter of the University of Oklahoma was chartered in 1920. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is open by invitation only to seniors in the Department of International and Area Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, Gaylord College of Journalism, and a limited number of other programs.  Seniors with distinguished academic records are elected in March/April of each year. Students who graduate at the end of the summer session or fall semester are eligible for election the following spring. For additional information about the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, contact the Department of International and Area Studies academic counselor, or visit the Phi Beta Kappa website
  • PHI BETA DELTA: Phi Beta Delta is an honor society which serves to recognize and encourage high achievements in the field of International Education. It encourages interdisciplinary contacts and promotes the exchange of ideas in the area of international affairs among students, faculty, and staff of the university community, and between it and other academic institutions. Membership is open to all students and faculty whose study includes an international focus. For more information, visit the Department’s website. 

undergraduate study

Undergraduate Study 


Admission 

Students must be admitted to the University of Oklahoma before being enrolled in the Department of International and Area Studies. Please refer to the “Admissions, Enrollment, and Student Financial Services” section of the catalog for information on admission to the university. First-year students are admitted to University College. The freshman year at the University of Oklahoma is spent in University College, which provides an advisory system for freshmen and assists students in choosing a major. Transfer to the Department of International and Area Studies from University College is automatic upon completion of the IAS admission requirements below. 

ADMISSION TO THE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES 

The minimum requirements for admission to SIAS are: 

  • A declared International and Area Studies major; 
  • At least a 2.00 combined retention grade point average on all college-level work attempted; and, 
  • At least 24 semester credit hours of earned college-level credit. 

International and Area studies majors also have a minimum major grade point average requirement for graduation, as discussed in the graduation requirements section. 

Student Advisement 

The College of International Studies (CIS) requires all undergraduate majors to be advised prior to each enrollment. Current students will meet with the professional Academic Advisers in the Department of International and Area Studies. Advisers assist students in choosing courses appropriate for the IAS major, guide students in career and major-specific information, and assist in the evaluation of study abroad work for major credit. Their telephone number is (405) 325-4547. After advisement, students enroll in classes through the online enrollment system. 

The College of International Studies Academic Services Office certifies students for graduation and organizes the convocation ceremonies. The Academic Counselor in this office answers questions regarding academic standing, transcript evaluation, degree requirements, or other University regulations. Students who have earned 80 hours or more must meet with this office for an official degree check. Appointments with the Academic Services office can be scheduled by calling (405) 325-1429. 

Transfer Students 

Students who wish to transfer from other colleges or universities should be aware of the following: 

  • Transfer students who have completed at least 24 semester credit hours will be admitted directly into the Department of International and Area Studies if they meet the University’s admission requirements. 
  • Transfer students who have earned fewer than 24 semester credit hours will be admitted to University College. 
  • The Office of Admissions will determine acceptance of credits from the transferring institutions. 
  • The Department of International and Area Studies will determine how these credits apply toward the requirements for an IAS degree. 
  • All newly admitted transfer students must meet with an academic counselor in the Academic Services Office prior to their first enrollment at the University of Oklahoma. 

Transfer students should be familiar with the curriculum sheets for their chosen International and Area Studies major, which can be found online at the Department of International and Area Studies website. The information provided on the back of the sheet details University regulations necessary for graduation, including residency and hourly regulations. 

Scholastic Requirements 

A student must maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average in order to be in good standing in the Department of International and Area Studies. Any student whose combined or OU retention grade point average falls below 2.00 is placed on academic contract status, and must meet specific conditions established by the Department of International and Area Studies. Failure to meet these conditions will result in denial of enrollment privileges as an International and Area Studies major. Additional grade point average requirements in the major are necessary for a student to be eligible for graduation, as detailed in the Graduation Requirements section of this chapter.   

Scholarships and Financial Aid 

Students entering the University of Oklahoma should contact the OU Office of Financial Aid Services, 1000 Asp Avenue, Room 216, Norman, OK 73019, 405-325-4521. 

In addition to general scholarships offered through the University of Oklahoma, the Department of International and Area Studies offers several scholarships sponsored by alumni and friends. IAS scholarships include: 

  • Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. Award 
  • International Scholars Award 
  • Ambassador Edward J. Perkins Scholarship 
  • Student Support Grants 
  • St. Elijah’s and Anthony Shadid Award 
  • Board of Visitors Scholarship 
  • Thomas W. Adams Best Paper Award 
  • Latin American Studies Best Paper Contest 
  • Percy Buchanan Award for Undergraduate of Asian Studies 
  • Boren Scholars and Fellows Program (NSEP) 
  • Additional undergraduate and graduate level scholarships and awards 

The Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr. Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding graduating senior in the Department of International and Area Studies. The Award recognizes an IAS student that has demonstrated high academic achievement, a commitment to public service and a desire to pursue a career in global affairs. The recipient receives a cash award and recognition at the IAS convocation. 

Visit the International and Area Studies website for more information on the scholarships above and for application details. 

Graduation Requirements 

The responsibility for meeting graduation requirements lies with the student. 

The requirements for graduation from the Department of International and Area Studies programs normally have four components: 

  • University-Wide General Education requirements, 
  • Department of International and Area Studies requirements, 
  • Major requirements, and 
  • Free electives. 

The specific requirements for majors and minors are listed in the Academic Units section of this catalog and on the degree requirement checksheets for each program. Refer to individual degree program checksheets for specific requirements, including the reverse side of the checksheets, upon which credit hour regulations are listed. Degree checksheets are available from the Student Services office or the Department’s website

GRADUATION GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENTS 

The Department of International and Area Studies requires certain minimum grade point averages in each of the following areas: 

  • Students must earn a minimum of a 2.00 combined retention grade point average (University of Oklahoma and transfer work combined). 
  • Students must earn a minimum of a 2.00 retention grade point average on all University of Oklahoma coursework. 
  • Students must earn a minimum of a 2.50 retention grade point average in all major credit courses (University of Oklahoma and transfer work combined), and a 2.50 retention grade point average in major credit courses taken at the University of Oklahoma. 

TEN-YEAR LIMITATION RULES 

A student in the Department of International and Area Studies may elect to follow the degree requirements that were in place at the time of the student's first enrollment in the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education (excluding high school concurrent enrollment) or exercise the option to update to more current degree requirements, in consultation with the academic counselor. Those who elect to follow requirements in place at the time of their first enrollment in the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education must complete the requirements within a maximum of 10 calendar years from the date of that enrollment. If the work for a degree covers a period longer than 10 years, the student must update to the most current degree program requirements. 

Credit in a student's major that is more than 10 years old may not be applied toward a bachelor's degree unless it is validated by the Department of International and Area Studies and the respective course departments.  

APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION 

Students are responsible for filing an official graduation application during their final semester. Graduation applications are submitted online through one.ou.edu. Failure to file the graduation application will result in the student not being eligible for graduation during that semester or term. Those students who plan to graduate in the fall are strongly encouraged to apply for graduation before September 15; those finishing in the spring before February 15; and those finishing in the summer before June 1. In addition to completing all academic requirements for the undergraduate degree, students must also pay all tuition and fees before the degree can be conferred. Students who complete all academic requirements but fail to pay tuition and fees before the beginning of the following semester or session will have the original graduation date printed on their diploma, but only after all tuition and fees are paid. 

Dean’s Honor Roll 

The Department of International and Area Studies Honor Roll is compiled at the close of each fall and spring semester. It includes students who have completed at least 12 grade point hours and have earned an average of 3.50 or higher for the semester. 

Students enrolled part-time for both the fall and spring semesters of an academic year will be included on the spring semester honor roll, provided that a 3.50 or better is earned for each semester on a minimum of six semester grade point hours with no withdrawals for either semester. There is no honor roll during the summer session or during intersession, and grades earned during these sessions are not included in determining eligibility for inclusion on regular semester honor rolls. 

Double Majors 

Students may earn two majors between the Department of International and Area Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences as part of a single degree, if they adhere to the following: 

  • Both majors may not be in the Department of International and Area Studies. 
  • One major must be in the Department of International and Area Studies, and the other major must be in a different college on OU Norman Campus. 
  • Both majors must be completed concurrently prior to graduation and must be awarded concurrently in the the same semester. 
  • The degree will be awarded when requirements for both majors are completed. 
  • Only one degree will be awarded, but the transcript will indicate both majors. 
  • Courses used to fulfill one of the majors or a minor may not be used toward either major. 
  • All general education, college, major, and major support requirements of both majors must be completed. 
  • The student will be awarded the degree (diploma) for the degree of their choice listed as their “primary” major. 

For more information, please contact the Academic Services offices of the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Concurrent Dual Degrees 

Students may earn two degrees between the Department of International and Area Studies and another college on campus, if they adhere to the following: 

  • Both degrees may not be in the Department of International and Area Studies. 
  • One degree must be in the Department of International and Area Studies, and the other degree must be in a different college on OU Norman Campus. 
  • At least 30 additional credit hours, 15 of which must be upper-division level, must be completed, in addition to the minimum hours required for one degree. Example: most dual degrees will require a minimum of 150 hours with 63 upper-division hours.
  • Both degrees must be completed concurrently prior to graduation and must be awarded concurrently in the same semester. 
  • The degrees will be awarded when requirements for both majors are completed. 
  • Two degrees will be awarded, and the transcript will indicate both majors. 
  • Courses used to fulfill one of the majors or a minor may not be used toward either major. 
  • All general education, college, major, and major support requirements of both degrees must be completed. 
  • The student will be awarded the diploma for each degree. 

For more information, please contact the Academic Services offices of the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Additional Bachelor’s Degrees 

Additional bachelor’s degrees may be earned from the Department of International and Area Studies by satisfying specific requirements beyond those required for a first degree from the Department. Students may earn two degrees concurrently, or students holding a bachelor’s degree from another college within the University or from another institution may qualify for an additional (consecutive) degree. To earn an additional bachelor’s degree from the Department of International and Area Studies, a student must: 

  • Choose a major different from that of the prior degree(s). A student may not earn two degrees within the Department of International and Area Studies.  
  • Satisfy all current requirements of the additional degree program. 
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in International and Area Studies courses not applied toward a previous degree, 15 of which must be upper-division. 
  • Earn a minimum 2.00 average on all work attempted for the additional degree, along with any specific grade point average requirements for the chosen major (including a 2.5 major grade point average for the International and Area Studies degree). 
  • Meet the required residency regulations for the second degree. 

Minors 

An attractive advantage of an International and Area Studies minor is that it can allow a student in any major to earn a minor while completing General Education requirements. Many of the courses required for an IAS minor are approved for certain general education credits, thus, students can fulfill General Education requirements and earn credit for a minor simultaneously. Please note that not all courses on the minor check sheets have been approved for General Education credit. Courses not listed on the check sheets may be substituted with the approval of the Academic Adviser. 

Courses used to fulfill minor requirements may not be used to fulfill the major requirements of a degree or the requirements of another minor. If the minor is officially declared, successfully completed, and noted on the graduation application, the student’s transcript will so indicate at the time the bachelor’s degree is recorded. Students currently majoring in an area of International and Area Studies may also minor in a different area of International and Area Studies with approval of the Department. 

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Undergraduate Areas of Study 

The program offers the Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies degree with majors in Asian, European, Global Energy, Environment and Resources, International Development, International Studies, International Security Studies, Latin American, and Middle Eastern Studies. IAS also offers minors in most major fields, as well as a minor in African Studies and Iranian Studies. Students majoring in International and Area Studies must take at least a combined total of 30 hours of major credit. At least 18 hours must be at the 3000-level or above. In addition, a minimum of 16 hours of foreign language relevant to the geographical area of concentration is required. Please note that some IAS majors require additional upper-division language coursework.

African Studies 

The African Studies minor is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of Africa’s rich cultural heritage. The program provides an arena to explore how emerging African nations continue to take their place in the world, and how their strategic importance affects events on other continents. The students will examine the relative position of the United States as a world power, viewed through its historic relationship with Africa. 

The 15 credit hours required for a minor can be fulfilled with courses in communication, sociology, economics, international and area studies, film and video studies, African and African-American studies, history, anthropology, political science, art, music for non-majors, and geography. 

African Studies Minor 

The minor in African Studies consists of 15 credit hours of coursework, including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language; 9 additional upper-division level hours from the approved list or other courses as approved by an IAS Academic Adviser, 3 hours must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Africa. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor requirements, though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

Asian Studies 

Asian Studies challenges students to integrate language and cultural skills to prepare for careers in the Pacific region. The objectives of the program are to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of the civilizations of Asia in both traditional and modern settings, and to provide a more in-depth comprehension of specific areas within the region. This major features courses from such departments as Anthropology, Art, Communication, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and the Department of International and Area Studies. Students will obtain an educational foundation appropriate for teaching, business, research, foreign service, technological and economic development, as well as other careers related to Asia. 

Asian Studies Major 

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (31 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 13 of the required 31 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in Asian Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foreign Language and Literature (6 hours): Two courses at the 3000-level or above beyond the 16-hour requirement in any of the languages in the area of concentration.
  • Asian Studies Gateway (1 hour): IAS 2101. 
  • History (6 hours)
  • Politics and Society (6 hours)
  • Arts and Humanities (3 hours)
  • Two additional 3000-level or above from History, Politics and Society, or Arts & Humanities (6 hours) OR two additional Asian language courses beyond the 6-hour requirement (any level).
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (3 hours): IAS 4013 Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: 16 hours of one foreign language relevant to the geographical area of concentration and IAS 2003. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120, including 48 upper-division hours. 

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5. 

Asian Studies Minor 

The minor in Asian Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language: CHIN 2113 or JAPN 2113; 9 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit, 3 hours must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Asia. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

European Studies

European Studies immerses students in European history and culture. The course of study includes literature, art, and geography, as well as the politics and economics of the region. The departments and schools contributing to the success of this program are Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Communication, Drama, Economics, English, Film and Video Studies, Geography, History, History of Science, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Modern Languages, Literature and Linguistics, and the Department of International and Area Studies. The scope of the program includes western, central and Mediterranean Europe since approximately 1500. 

European Studies graduates will be capable of functioning in at least one European country in which a language other than English is spoken, and they will be able to read materials in the language of that country. 

European Studies Major 

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (30 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 9 of the required 30 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in European Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foreign Language and Literature (6 hours): Two courses at the 3000-level or above beyond the 16-hour requirement in any of the languages in the area of concentration.
  • Foundations in European Studies (3 hours): IAS 3243 or 3273. 
  • Politics and Society (6 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated) 
  • Arts and Culture (6 hours) 
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (3 hours): IAS 4013 Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: 16 hours of one foreign language relevant to the geographical area of concentration and IAS 2003. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours.  

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5. 

European Studies Minor 

The minor in European Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; IAS 3243 or 3273; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language; 6 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Europe. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements.

Global Energy, Environment, and Resources

Drawing on the interdisciplinary framework of IAS, students in this major receive training that emphasizes policy, management, and sustainability in an international context. After fulfilling a Foundations of GEER requirement, students take courses in three areas of concentration: Energy, Climate, and Environment; Global Environmental Sustainability and Ethics; and International Society and Environment. Students then specialize in one region of the world, allowing them to combine their thematic interest with area studies expertise. Students will receive real world experience by interning or engaging in service learning with either an energy company or an internationally-oriented environmental NGO. This major provides students with the skills they need to succeed in an international field with growing employment opportunities.

Global Energy, Environment, and Resources Major

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (33 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 18 of the required 33 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in International Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foundations of GEER (3 hours): IAS 3283 or 3653. 
  • Areas of Concentration (15 hours; 6 hours minimum must be IAS designated): A minimum of one course from each concentration must be taken. 
    • Energy, Climate, and the Environment
    • Environment and Global Ethics
    • International Society and Environment
  • Area Studies Focus (9 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated): Students will take three additional courses from one region of the world. Courses outside of the department must be approved by the IAS academic adviser. 
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS.
  • Internship or Service Learning (3 hours): IAS 3910; Students must have an internship in an energy company or environmental organization, preferably with an international focus. Students may also engage in service learning appropriate to the major. All internships and service learning must be approved by the IAS academic adviser. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (3 hours): IAS 4013, Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: Sixteen hours of one foreign language relevant to the area; IAS 2003. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120, including 48 upper-division hours.  

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5. 

Global Energy, Environment and Resources Minor

The minor in Global Energy, Environment and Resources consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework, including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; IAS 3283 or 3653; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language; 6 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

International Development

This major will equip students with a comprehensive set of skills enabling them to analyze and understand socioeconomic issues in developing countries. Students will take courses in development economics and political economy as well as courses that examine development from historical, cultural, and social perspectives (both in IAS and from departments such as ECON, ANTH, GEOG, P SC, and HIST). Students will also pursue a more specialized sequence of courses around a relevant theme of their choosing – political economy, public health, education, resource management, human rights/international law, international NGOs, gender studies, urban or rural/agricultural studies, area studies, etc. – as well as at least one course on research methods, quantitative analysis, practical applications, or technical skills. Students will be strongly encouraged to make an internship with a development agency part of their international experience.

International Development Major

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (30 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 12 of the required 30 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in International Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foundations in International Development (3 hours): IAS 3323. 
  • Areas of Concentration (12 hours) 
    • Political Economy (6 hours; 3 must be IAS designated)
    • Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives (6 hours; 3 must be IAS designated)
  • Skills for Research, Quantitative Analysis, Technical Applications, or Management (6 hours) 
  • Politics & Society (6 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated) 
  • Specialization (6 hours): Students will take two additional courses from the areas of concentration or Skills for Research, Quantitative Analysis, Technical Applications, or Management; or two additional courses in one of the area studies; or two courses in a custom area of specialization approved by the department.
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (3 hours): IAS 4013, Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: Sixteen hours of one foreign language relevant to the area, and IAS 2003 and ECON 1113. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120, including 48 upper-division hours.  

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5.

International Development Minor

The minor in International Development consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework, including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; IAS 3323; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language; 6 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements.

International Studies

The International Studies major allows students to gain a global perspective on world affairs. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on world history, international relations and international economics, students learn how the international system operates and prepare themselves for careers in foreign affairs or international business, for advanced training in international law or business. Like the area studies programs, the international studies program requires strong understanding of a foreign language and a period of study or work abroad. Students may also combine International Studies with a minor in one of the Area Studies programs. 

To complete the International Studies program, students may select courses that cross a number of world regions. 

International Studies Major 

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (33 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 18 of the required 33 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in International Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • International Relations (6 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated) 
  • Development & Economics (6 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated) 
  • History & Culture (6 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated) 
  • Politics & Society (6 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated) 
  • Specialization (6 hours; 3 hours must be IAS designated)
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (3 hours): IAS 4013, Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: Sixteen hours of one foreign language relevant to the area, and ECON 1113, 1123, IAS 2003. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120, including 48 upper-division hours.  

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5. 

International Studies Minor

The minor in International Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework, including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language; 9 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit, 3 hours must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

International Security Studies 

International Security Studies is designed for the student looking for a career in the fields of foreign policy or national security. The program allows students to develop proficiency in any language recognized to be a critical security language, as well as the culture where that language is spoken. Specialized classes help students to understand international organizations and the global issues that affect security around the world. This degree prepares students for careers with US federal and state agencies, international organizations and companies in the private sector that operate in critical regions of the world. 

International Security Studies Major

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (30 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 18 of the required 30 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in International Security Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foundations in International Security (3 hours): IAS 3043.
  • International Security Issues (12 hours; 6 hours must be IAS designated).
  • Strategic Areas (12 hours; 6 hours must be IAS designated). 
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (three hours): IAS 4013, Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: Sixteen hours of one foreign language in a strategic area (Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish), IAS 2003 and three hours of International Security Practicum credit (IAS 3083, 3910, or 3742, plus participation in OU Model UN Club: 1 hour under IAS 3990). 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120, including 48 upper-division hours. 

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5. 

International Security Studies Minor 

The minor in International Security Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework, including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; IAS 3043; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language; Six additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in a strategic country. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

Latin American Studies 

Latin American Area Studies provides a concentration in the region’s history and culture. The course of study features Latin America’s economic, geographic, social and political patterns as well as its problems. With a population nearing half a billion people, Latin America has traditionally been, and is now more than ever, a critical area for the United States. Students will examine the historical ties between the two regions in relation to the commonality of cultures and objectives that are becoming increasingly stronger as interdependence grows. 

Students majoring in Latin American Area Studies will choose their language specialization and begin studying the Spanish and/or Portuguese language as early as their freshman year. 

Latin American Studies Major

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (30 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 12 of the required 30 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a focus in Latin American Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foreign Language and Literature (6 hours): Two courses at the 3000-level or above beyond the 16-hour requirement, in any of the languages in the area of concentration. 
  • Latin American Studies (9 hours) 
  • History and Geography (3 hours) 
  • Politics and Economics (3 hours) 
  • Arts, Culture, and Society (3 hours)
  • One additional course from Latin American Studies, History and Geography, Politics and Economics, or Arts, Culture and Society (3 hours).
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (3 hours): IAS 4013, Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: Sixteen hours of one foreign language relevant to the geographical area of concentration and IAS 2003. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours.  

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5. 

Latin American Studies Minor 

The minor in Latin American Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language: PORT 2113 or SPAN 2113; 9 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit, 3 hours must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Latin America. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

Middle Eastern Studies 

Middle Eastern Area Studies allows students to combine their study of either Arabic or Hebrew with courses in the history, religions and cultures of the Middle East from Ancient to modern Times. This program will provide the student with a basic understanding of the peoples and history of this diverse and culturally-rich region of the world and a firm foundation for further study. The cultural and language proficiency achieved will also serve as excellent preparation for a variety of job opportunities in teaching, business, government or foreign service. Students should work with the IAS Academic Adviser as soon as possible to develop a coherent program of study. 

Middle Eastern Studies Major 

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements:(30 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 12 of the required 30 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in Middle Eastern Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foreign Language and Literature (6 hours): Two courses at the 3000-level or above beyond the 16-hour requirement in Arabic or Hebrew. 
  • Middle Eastern Studies (9 hours) 
  • History and Religion (3 hours) 
  • Arts and Culture (3 hours) 
  • Two additional courses from Middle Eastern Studies, History and Religion, or Arts and Culture (6 hours).
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (3 hours): IAS 4013, Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirements: Sixteen hours of either Arabic or Hebrew and IAS 2003. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours.  

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

To be eligible for study abroad at OU, students must maintain a minimum combined retention GPA of 2.5. 

Middle Eastern Studies Minor 

The minor in Middle Eastern Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework, including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language; 9 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit, 3 hours must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in the Middle East. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

Iranian Studies Minor

The minor in Iranian Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework including 9 hours at the upper-division level, approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language: PERS 2113; 9 additional upper-division level hours from the approved list or other courses as approved by an IAS Academic Adviser, 3 hours must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Students are encouraged to study abroad. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

Russian and East European Studies

Russian and East European Area Studies is a special concentration within the European Studies major. It allows students to specialize in the study of Russia and its neighboring countries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia in preparation for careers in teaching, research, business, government or foreign service. The program provides a broad and multi-disciplinary introduction to the larger region, with course offerings in languages, literature, political science, history, economics, geography, music, and film. 

Russian and East European Area Studies Majors 

General Education requirements: 40 semester hours, distributed in accordance with University requirements. 

Department of International and Area Studies requirements: Additional requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies. 

Major requirements: (30 hours, 18 must be upper-division, 12 of the required 30 must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies). In addition to the core requirements set forth by the Department of International and Area Studies, students pursuing a degree in Russian and Eastern European Area Studies will develop a course of study with the IAS Academic Adviser and meet the following requirements: 

  • Foreign Language & Literature (6 hours): Two courses at the 3000-level or above beyond the 16-hour requirement, in any of the languages in the area of concentration. 
  • Foundations in European Studies (3 hours): IAS 3243. 
  • International Studies (6 hours) 
  • History, Politics, and Ideas (6 hours) 
  • Arts and Culture (6 hours)
  • International Experience: A student is required to spend at least one summer or winter term (preferably one year) in an approved international experience. This may include (but is not limited to) OU Study Abroad, study abroad with another university, an approved foreign work experience, or experience through the US military, or a high school degree or equivalent from another country.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Students must complete one research and one writing skills course in IAS. 
  • Senior Capstone Course (three hours): IAS 4013, Senior Capstone. 
  • Major Support Requirement: 16 hours of one foreign language relevant to the geographical area of concentration and IAS 2003. 
  • Free Electives: Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours.  

NOTES: Students may take other appropriate courses chosen in consultation with the IAS Academic Adviser. Acceptable substitutions are updated each semester and posted in the Undergraduate Studies section of the SIAS website. 

Russian and East European Minor 

The minor in Russian and East European Studies consists of 15 credit-hours of coursework, including 9 hours at the upper-division level approved by the area coordinator: 

  • IAS 2003; Language (3 hours) third semester foreign language: RUSS 2113; 9 additional upper-division level hours of courses acceptable for minor credit, 3 hours must be taken in the Department of International and Area Studies.

Students are encouraged to study abroad in Russia or Eastern Europe. Courses taken while studying abroad may also be substituted to meet minor degree requirements though they might not satisfy General Education requirements. 

Undergraduate Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate 


Global Engagement 

The Global Engagement undergraduate certificate is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the global community, including international affairs and modern global issues, as well as encourage them to become active global citizens. Certificate requirements are similar to those in the currently-existing OU program, the Global Engagement Fellowship (GEF) Program. These requirements include successfully completing course IAS 2003: Understanding the Global Community; gaining or demonstrating proficiency in a modern foreign language; studying or working abroad twice (at least one summer or winter term); becoming actively involved in international groups and events on campus; and maintaining an e-portfolio documenting their experiences and reflections. The certificate adds a formal designation to fellows' OU academic record showing that they completed a global education curriculum and provides them a tangible way to make their experiences more marketable to potential future employers. All GEF’s who successfully complete the program requirements are eligible for the certificate, but it is also available to any degree-seeking OU student.

graduate study

Graduate Study 


Master of Arts in Global Affairs 

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) enables students to pursue studies with a focus on the political, economic and social interactions that have an impact on global turbulence.

MAGA coursework is designed to provide students with a global vision from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Additionally, students will develop expertise in one or more geographic areas of the globe. The program will provide valuable and practical experience through a planned policy exercise and collective study abroad program exclusive to MAGA students.

By studying in the MAGA program, students will increase their knowledge of global affairs, enhance their ability to operate in a dynamic global environment and expand their global connections, contributing to professional success.

For substantive questions about the MAGA program, please contact: 

Katie Watkins 
Department of International and Area Studies 
Phone: (405) 325-2337 
email: kwatkins@ou.edu 

General Requirements 

The Master of Arts degree requires at least 33 credit hours with concentrations in Global Economics and Development or International Security Studies, a practicum, and an education abroad experience.

The core curriculum consists of three 2 credit-hour core courses. In addition, students take 12 credit hours consisting of three 3 credit-hour courses in either the Global Economics and Development or International Security Studies concentrations, as well one 3 credit-hour course from the other track's courses. The remaining curriculum consists of 9 credit-hours of area studies in addition to a 3 credit-hour practicum, and 3 credit-hours of education abroad experience.  

Admissions Procedures

Applicants should submit a University of Oklahoma Application for Admission and official transcripts to the Office of Admissions, 1000 Asp, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076. Test scores and supplemental application materials should be sent directly to The Department of International and Area Studies, The University of Oklahoma, 729 Elm Avenue, Room 100, Norman, OK 73019-2105. 

The graduate committee for the Department of International and Area Studies reviews applications only once annually. Applicants should submit all materials before February 15 for Fall semester admission. 

All applicants should submit the following admissions materials: 

  • Official transcripts from B.A./B.S. degree conferring institution.  
  • A statement of purpose (a statement of up to two pages explaining in depth your motivation and preparation for pursuing the MAGA degree) 
  • Resume or CV. 

Academic Standards and Admission 

Admission will be granted on the basis of cumulative GPA on the last degree-conferring transcript. The faculty committee for the graduate program in international studies will review applications for admission. Students admitted conditionally because of low undergraduate grade point averages will be subject to the same requirements and procedures as specified by the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. 

A) The following three courses (6 credit hours): IAS 5902, Global Political Turbulence; IAS 5912, Global Economic Turbulence; IAS 5922, Global Social Turbulence.

B) Concentration (12 hours): Students will choose a specialization in either Global Economics and Development or International Security. Each specialization requires 9 hours from the chosen track and 3 hours from the other track's courses.

C) Area Studies (9 hours): Courses to be selected from a list maintained by the program.

D) Practicum (3 hours): IAS 5803, Global Affairs Practicum.

E) Education Abroad Experience (3 hours): Faculty led overseas experience offered, such as IAS 5810, Field Studies in Africa; IAS 5820, Field Studies in Italy; IAS 5830, Field Studies in China; IAS 5840, Field Studies in Latin America; IAS 5850, Field Studies in Turkey.

Master of Arts in International Relations 

The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) provides a broad understanding of world affairs from a variety of perspectives: political, economic, social, historical, geographic and philosophical. The program is directed by the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies in coordination with the University of Oklahoma’s Advanced Programs, which was established in 1964 as part of the University’s commitment to continuing education and public service. The MAIR offers the adult learner the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree at locations on or near military installations around the world.

For substantive questions about the MAIR Program, please contact: 

Jennifer Rowley 
MAIR Program Coordinator/Advisor  
Phone: (405) 325-2949 
email: jsifford@ou.edu 

General Requirements 

The Master of Arts degree requires at least 33 credit hours. The curriculum consists of two 3 credit-hour required courses, 21 credit-hours of core courses and 6 credit-hours of electives.  

Admissions Procedures

Applicants should submit a University of Oklahoma Application for Admission and official transcripts to the Office of Admissions, 1000 Asp, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076. The MAIR Program may take up to 30 days to review applications. If an application is incomplete, or the Program requests additional information, this 30-day maximum begins from the time the Program has a complete application.

GPA Requirements:   

  • GPA 3.00 or higher: Eligible for full admission  
  • GPA 2.00 to 2.99: Eligible for conditional admission

Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are required to submit a one-page statement of purpose indicating their motivation and preparation for pursuing the MAIR degree.

Those with a GPA above 3.00 have the option to submit a statement of purpose to provide additional evidence of likely success in the MAIR program. The MAIR Program may also request a statement of purpose from students in this category.

Academic Standards and Admission 

The faculty committee for the graduate program in international studies will review applications for admission. The committee will consider the cumulative GPA on the last degree-conferring transcript. Students admitted conditionally because of low undergraduate grade point averages will be subject to the same requirements and procedures as specified by the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. 

A) The following two courses (6 credit hours): IAS 5793, Graduate Studies in International Relations and Tools of Analysis, Methods, and Statistics (1 course from a list of approved courses).

B) Core Courses (21 hours):

  • Politics, Government, and Security (9 hours): 3 courses from a list of approved courses.
  • Substantive Areas (12 hours, 4 courses): a minimum of two courses from an approved list must be taken from each of two of the following substantive areas.
    • Identity, Culture, and Communication
    • Economics, Environment, and Geography
    • Regions, Nations, and History

C) Electives (6 hours): Courses to be selected from a list maintained by the program.

D) Comprehensive Examination

Master of Arts in International Studies 

The Department of International and Area Studies offers an MA degree in International Studies and an accelerated BA/MA degree.

The Master of Arts degree in International Studies equips students with the tools to engage in a globally integrated environment, whether in the realm of international diplomacy, the international economy, or provision by non-governmental organizations of humanitarian aid and economic development assistance, as well as global environmental advocacy. Program coursework provides a rigorous foundation in international relations theory and practice, comparative politics, international economics, and analytic and statistical methods. Students in the program also have the flexibility to pursue more advanced work in the current concepts, theories and research issues of international political, social, economic and cultural development, in addition to the politics, histories, cultures and economies of specific regions. For substantive questions about the MAIS program, please contact: 

Katie Watkins 
Department of International and Area Studies 
Phone: (405) 325-2337 
email: kwatkins@ou.edu 

General Requirements 

The Master of Arts degree requires at least 36 credit hours with options in Global Studies and Area Studies and research and practicum options including a thesis, a policy paper, or an internship. Students must show reading and speaking competence equivalent to the completion of three college courses in one major foreign language or the equivalent of two college courses each in two foreign languages. It is strongly encouraged that every student who applies for admission to the program will have had a significant international experience, in the form of study, work, or residence abroad before commencing the degree program. Students without such prior experience will be encouraged to undertake some study or work abroad of limited duration, as approved by their advisory committees, before completing the degree. 

The required curriculum consists of four three credit-hour core courses. In addition, students in the Area Studies option take 15 hours of core courses which consists of 3 hours of Research Methods, 6 hours of concentration courses, as well as 6 hours of area studies courses. The remaining curriculum consists of 6 hours of elective coursework in addition to the three credit-hour thesis, research, or practicum. Students in the Global Studies option take 12 hours (thesis) or 15 hours (non-thesis) of core courses which consists of 3 hours of Research Methods, 9 hours of Concentrations courses, as well as 3 hours of Research & Practicum for non-thesis students only. The remaining curriculum consists of 9 hours of elective coursework, as well as three credit-hours of thesis research for thesis students only. No more than 25 percent (nine credit hours) of the minimum 36 credit hours required for this master’s degree may be transferred from other institutions, subject to the normal rules and procedures of the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. 

Admissions Procedures

Applicants should submit a University of Oklahoma Application for Admission and official transcripts to the Office of Admissions, 1000 Asp, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076. Test scores and supplemental application materials should be sent directly to The Department of International and Area Studies, The University of Oklahoma, 729 Elm Avenue, Room 100, Norman, OK 73019-2105. 

The graduate committee for the Department of International and Area Studies reviews applications only once annually. Applicants should submit all materials before February 15 for Fall semester admission. 

All applicants should submit the following admissions materials: 

  • Graduate Record Examination scores. 
  • Three letters of recommendation, from academic referees if possible. 
  • Statement of purpose explaining the motive for applying to the program and what the applicant hopes to accomplish during the course of study. 
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. 
  • University of Oklahoma Application for Admission. 

Academic Standards and Admission 

Admission will be granted on the basis of undergraduate grade point average, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a statement of purpose, and at least three letters of recommendation. Applicants will be expected to have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline that will provide a foundation for graduate study in global affairs. The faculty committee for the graduate program in international studies will review applications for admission. Students admitted conditionally because of low undergraduate grade point averages will be subject to the same requirements and procedures as specified by the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. 

A) The following four courses (12 credit hours): IAS 5053, Global History; IAS 5113, Field Seminar in International Studies; IAS 5503, Theory and Practice of International Politics; IAS 5523, Global Political Economy.

B) Students will choose either the Area Studies option or the Global Studies option.

Area Studies Option:

  • Research Methods (3 hours): Student must complete 3 hours in a departmentally approved research methods course or an advanced foreign language course as approved by the department.
  • Area Studies (6 hours): Student must complete 6 hours, as approved by the department, in one of the following fields: Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, or Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Concentrations (6 hours): Student must complete 6 hours, as approved by the department, in either Global Economics and Development or Global Security Studies.
  • Electives (6 hours): Electives may be chosen from International and Area Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology or other departments, as approved by the student's advisory committee (may include advanced language, advanced research tool or internship credit).
  • Research & Practicum (0-3 hours; Non-thesis students only): IAS 5923 or 5913.
  • IAS 5980 Research for Master's Thesis (0-3 hours; Thesis students only)

Global Studies Option:

  • Research Methods (3 hours): Student must complete 3 hours in a departmentally approved research methods course or an advanced foreign language course as approved by the department.
  • Concentrations (9 hours): Student must complete 9 hours, as approved by the department, in either Global Economics and Development or Global Security Studies.
  • Electives (9 hours): Electives may be chosen from International and Area Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology or other departments, as approved by the student's advisory committee (may include advanced language, advanced research tool or internship credit).
  • Research & Practicum (0-3 hours; Non-thesis students only): IAS 5923 or IAS 5913.
  • IAS 5980 Research for Master's Thesis (0-3 hours; Thesis students only)

Reading and speaking competence in ONE major foreign language approved by the student's advisory committee at a level equivalent to three semesters of college-level instruction, or reading and speaking competence in TWO major foreign languages approved by the student's advisory committee equivalent to two semesters each of college-level instruction. The student's competence in the language will be certified by the ACTFL/ETS examination or by an alternative instrument approved by the OU Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. Students must have fulfilled this requirement at the time of graduation.

Accelerated BA in International and Area Studies / MA in International studies

The Bachelor of Arts in International and Area Studies/Master of Arts in International Studies is an accelerated program designed for exceptional students to earn both the BA and MA in International Studies in 5 years of study. National Merit Scholars are the ideal candidates for a 5-year accelerated BA/MA program, although the program is open to all OU students who qualify.

Application Procedure

Applications are due by the spring of the sophomore year or fall of the junior year. Application materials include:

  • Application form
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
  • Official Transcript

Application Requirements

  • Students must have a minimum 3.5 overall GPA for admission
  • Students are expected to apply to the BA/MA accelerated program no later than the first semester of their junior year, although application by the second semester of the sophomore year is preferred.

Application deadlines

  • February 15 for fall admission
  • October 15 for spring admission

Centers and Programs

Centers and Programs 

The College of International Studies offers many learning opportunities for students, faculty and the community with events and guest speakers through our centers and institutes focused on various areas of study.

  • Farzaneh Family Center
  • Phi Beta Delta
  • Diplomacy Lab
  • Center for Middle East Studies
  • Institute for US-China Issues
  • Arabic Flagship Program
  • EU Center
  • African Studies Institute
  • Center for the Americas
  • Center for the Study of Nationalism
  • Washington & The World
  • Fellowship for Global Engagement
  • LEAdership Fellows (LEAF) Program
  • Friends to International Students
  • Cyber Governance and Policy Center
  • Fulbright US Student Program
  • Peace Corps Prep 

Additional information on these centers and programs can be found at the College of International Studies website.

education abroad

Education Abroad 

Whitney Franca, Director 
Farzaneh Hall, Room 144
Norman, OK 73019-3061 
Phone: (405) 325-1693 
FAX: (405) 325-7387 
Internet: http://www.ou.edu/cis/education_abroad.html
email:  ea@ou.edu

Education Abroad develops programs aimed at increasing cross-cultural awareness and emphasizing international education. The office maintains linkages with professional organizations at the state, national and international levels. This unit works in close liaison with college deans and assists faculty in seeking external funding for international projects and collaborative research. EA has a library and resource center with information on foreign nations, universities, foundations and agencies. 

The principal functions of the Education Abroad office include the following: 

  • OU’s ambassador to constituencies in foreign nations, 
  • Faculty and student exchanges with sister institutions worldwide, 
  • Coordination of study abroad programs with other U.S. universities, 
  • Recruitment of international students, 
  • Coordinating international scholars and speakers, 
  • Assisting international visitors, 
  • Coordination of programs for internationally sponsored faculty and students, 
  • Attending international conferences, 
  • Providing information on international education, 
  • Support for scholarship/grant/proposal applications, 
  • Orientation, counseling and development of intercultural programs for exchange faculty and students and culture-specific orientations for faculty, staff and students going abroad, and 
  • Services and programs for all exchange students and faculty. 

Opportunities available to OU undergraduate and graduate students for study abroad include: 

  • OU in Arezzo
    OU in Arezzo is the signature study abroad program of the University of Oklahoma! You will take classes taught by OU professors at the OU in Arezzo center in Italy and pay OU tuition and fees. Visit arezzo.ou.edu to see all the courses offered in Arezzo throughout the year.
  • Journey Programs
    Journey Programs are four weeks long in the summer and offer General Education Credit. These programs are taught by OU professors, have OU tuition and fees, and come with their own scholarship for airfare!
  • College Sponsored
    College Sponsored programs are led by professors from many OU colleges and are geared toward their own majors and are offered mainly in the Summer. Search for the OU colleges offering study abroad programs in the program search engine.
  • University Exchange
    University Exchange means taking classes at a university abroad, but paying OU tuition and fees at your normal rate. These programs are highly immersive and ideal for independent learners and students with financial aid tuition waivers.
  • Transfer Credit
    Approved Transfer Credit programs are programs sponsored by specific affiliate providers or universities abroad with which the University of Oklahoma has an active agreement and where you pay directly to that specific university or provider. Financial aid, excluding tuition waivers, can be applied to this program type if they are listed in the program search engine.

Selection Criteria

Students are selected for study abroad programs based on the following criteria: grade point average, personal essay, financial aid requirements, academic standing, and letters of recommendation. For certain study abroad destinations with limited availability, the selection process is quite competitive. All students who qualify for study abroad are offered a location for study, but because of the competitive process, some may not be admitted to the school or destination that they most prefer.

Contact Information and Applications 

Application deadlines for study abroad programs are in early February to March for summer and fall programs, and in early October for spring programs. Please contact the Education Abroad Office at (405) 325-1693 for more specific application deadlines. Additional information can be found at the Education Abroad website

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) 

Robyn Rojas, Director 
Farzaneh Hall, Room 144 
Norman, OK 73019 
Phone: (405) 325-3337 
FAX: (405) 325-0197 
Internet: http://www.ou.edu/cis/iss.html
email: iss@ou.edu

International Student Services (ISS) assists year-round almost 2,000 international students and their dependents from over 100 countries. 

The ISS office provides expert advice, support, services, programs, and information to ensure that the experience of every international student and their dependents is productive and enriching over the entire course of their time at OU. We work with international students, faculty and staff, community members, US federal officials, and a variety of agencies. 

The ISS office is a key university resource for immigration regulations related to the benefits and restrictions of student visas. We advise international students and campus departments on US immigration law as it relates to student visas, recommend, and in certain cases approve, immigration benefits, assist students who are filing applications with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service), and file notifications as required by the federal government. 

The ISS office is the first point of contact for incoming international students. We provide airport transfer information for newly arriving international students from the Oklahoma City airport, and initial information for settling into Norman, such as university housing, obtaining Social Security numbers, the OU student health plan, academic advising, e-mail accounts and more. During the fall and spring semesters, we provide New International Student Orientation programs. All incoming international students must attend New International Student Orientation. 

The ISS office supports programs that offer every international student and their families the opportunity to meet in a social setting. International student programming is an integral part of student life at the University of Oklahoma. The International Advisory Committee (IAC), comprised of the presidents of more than 20 international student organizations, provides regular events throughout the year, including the International Bazaar in the fall, cultural nights throughout the academic year, and Eve of Nations in the spring. 

OU ISS maintains SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor System) compliance for OU. The office registers in the SEVIS system each semester all international students in good standing, and is the federally designated office for creating, extending, or terminating the visa status of F-1 and J-1 students. In addition, OU ISS responds to federal audits, site visits, and requests for information. 

OU ISS provides regular workshops and campus outreach throughout the calendar year, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) off-campus employment authorization workshops. ISS also provides international travel information sessions for international students traveling abroad. F-1 and J-1 students seeking off-campus work authorization MUST first attend a workshop. 

Additional services that ISS provides to the international community include immigration advising for international students at all levels (CESL, undergraduate, graduate, short-term exchange), short-term employment authorization advising and support for qualifying students (internally and through USCIS), changes of visa status advising and support, immigration advising for dependents, extensions of stay, support for visa applications, arrival information, SEVIS transfers to and from OU, and support for the US visa application process at US consulates abroad. 

International students must maintain their visa status in order to pursue and complete their academic programs in the US. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain lawful visa status by, for example, completing the minimum required number of credit hours per semester and refraining from unauthorized employment. 

OU hosts two principal student visa programs, F-1 and J-1. F-1 and J-1 visas are issued by US consulates and embassies to qualifying students pursuing a course of study in the U.S. F-1 visas are most frequently issued to students whose primary source of funding is personal or family funds. At OU, these are often long-term, degree seeking students. J-1 visas are issued most frequently to students whose primary source of funding is a third party, such as a university, a corporation, non-profit, or government. 

Due the evolution of international student programs at OU, the F-1 and J-1 programs are handled separately. F-1 students at Norman and Tulsa campuses are supported by ISS on the Norman campus. F-1 students at the OUHSC are supported by the OUHSC. The OUHSC is a separate campus for F-1 immigration purposes. All OU J-1 students are supported by ISS on the Norman campus. The Tulsa, OUHSC, and Norman campuses are all the same campus for J-1 immigration purposes. 

International Student Scholarships 

OU offers limited international student scholarships through the International Programs Center along with Education Abroad and International Student Services. Scholarship forms are available from International Programs and online. Applications are accepted in the spring semester. 

  • Cleo Cross Scholarship — Ten to fifteen need-based scholarships are available for students who have attended OU for the entire previous year as full-time students, and are currently enrolled full time. 
  • Greenberg Scholarship — Thanks to Scandinavia, Inc. of New York in conjunction with Allen Greenberg, offer scholarships to Scandinavian students from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Bulgaria. 
  • International Advisory Committee (IAC) International Student Emergency Relief Scholarship — One to two need-based scholarships are offered each year. Applicants must have documented financial need arising as a result of unforeseen circumstances. Applicants must be graduating within the next three semesters. 
  • International Leadership Class (ILC) — The Center for Student Life offers ten or more merit-based scholarships for academically outstanding international students who show potential for leadership growth. 
  • Paul and Rose Sharp Scholarship — A scholarship established by former OU President and his wife to recognize an outstanding international student based on academic excellence and service. This scholarship is given to one student each spring who has demonstrated outstanding service to the university community and academic achievement. 
  • Sue Williams Service Award and Scholarship — This merit-based scholarship is given to the student who demonstrates outstanding service. 
  • Yoshi and Koko Sasaki Scholarship — A scholarship established by an OU Professor to recognize outstanding Japanese students based on academic excellence; two awards given per year. 

For other general scholarships, students should contact Financial Aid Services online at financialaid.ou.edu or contact the administrative office of International Programs. 

International Student Programs 

Several organizations have been established to enrich the lives of international students and US faculty, staff, and students, particularly the International Advisory Committee (IAC) and the International Leadership Class (ILC). 

The International Advisory Committee (IAC) is composed of the presidents of all recognized international student organizations, and supports all cultural and social programs for international students. The group meets monthly, and attendance by all students is encouraged. Numerous national and cultural associations help new students and promote cultural exchange between the campus and the Norman community, and represent almost every area of the world. 

The International Leadership Class (ILC) consists of approximately 30 leaders from within OU's international student body. The class combines leaders from throughout the international community. Contact the Center for Student Life for more information about ILC.