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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

International Studies

Timothy Kidd, Director

To Be Named, Advisor
www.al.odu.edu/bais/

Bachelor of Arts—International Studies Major

The Bachelor of Arts in international studies (BAIS) is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a chance to explore the interrelations among nations and peoples and to study world affairs from a variety of perspectives. The BAIS major and minor center on studies in foreign languages and cultures, geography, history, and political science. Students have considerable flexibility to structure their academic programs to meet their particular needs and interests or to focus in a variety of geographical or topical fields.

Lower Division General Education

Written Communication *6
Oral Communication3
Mathematics3
Language and Culture (Satisfied in the major)
Information Literacy and Research **0-3
Human Creativity3
Interpreting the Past ***3
Literature3
Understanding World Literature (recommended)
Philosophy and Ethics3
The Nature of Science8
Impact of Technology3
Human Behavior (satisfied in the major)
Foundation Courses ****
GEOG 100SCultural Geography3
or GEOG 250 World Regional Geography
POLS 100SIntroduction to International Politics3
or POLS 102S Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
ECON 201SPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
Core Courses
Foreign Language +18-21
Methods Course Work3
Select one of the following:
Research Design
Introduction to Historical Methods
Research Design
Introduction to Social Research
Feminist Research Methods
Required Courses12
World Resources
Political Geography
International Political Economy
International Relations Theory
Freedom, Rights and Revolution: Evolution of the State System 1648-1815
Empire, Nations, and Industrialization: Evolution of the State System, 1815-1914
U.S. Foreign Relations, 1776-1914
Senior Seminar ****
Select one of the following:
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Other approved course
Upper-Division Electives ++
GEOG 300- or 400-level elective3
HIST 300- or 400-level elective3
POLS 300- or 400-level elective3
300- or 400-level electives6
Total Hours92-98

 

*

Grade of C or better required in both courses and in ENGL 110C before declaring major.

**

Can be met with GEOG 308 or HIST 201 or POLS 308

***

Grade of C or better required; HIST 104H may not be used.

****

Grade of C or better required.


+

A minimum of six credits in the same language beyond the 12 credit hours required for the Bachelor of Arts or demonstrated proficiency to that level as approved by the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.  Only when the additional six credit hours (third year) are not available at Old Dominion University will a student be allowed to take these six hours in a different language. Native speakers of languages other than English are not required to fulfill the language requirement upon presentation of a passing TOEFL score.

++

15 credit hours of 300- or 400-level approved electives. Three hours must be taken in a discipline other than geography, history or political science. Approved courses appear on the "Approved List of Courses for International Studies" available from the program director or at www.al.odu.edu/bais/. Additional courses with an international focus may be approved by the program director. Up to six credits may be taken through participation in a model international organization (Model United Nations, Model Organization of American States or Model League of Arab States). Three hours of an approved practicum may count toward the major.


Elective Credit

Elective credit will be needed to meet the minimum requirement of 120 credit hours.

Study Abroad/International Experience

Study abroad or international experience is encouraged for international studies majors, and Old Dominion University credit is available for study abroad programs. The Office of Study Abroad offers information, advising services and scholarships for enrolled students.

Upper Division General Education

  • Option A. Approved Minor, 12-24 hours, 3 of which may be in the major area of study; also second degree or second major
  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor, 12 hours specified by the department, 3 of which may be in the major area of study
  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure
  • Option D. Two Upper-Division Courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters or from the Arts and Humanities Component within the College of Arts and Letters that are not required by the major (6 hours). IS courses and any course listed as an elective choice for the major cannot be used to meet this option.

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

Bachelor of Arts with Honors—International Studies Major

Students may earn honors in the major by fulfilling all the degree requirements and meeting the honors requirements indicated below. The requirements for honors do not increase the credit hours necessary for the major. The requirements are as follows:

  1. Attain an overall grade point average of 3.25.
  2. Attain a grade point average in the major of 3.5.
  3. Earn honors in nine hours of courses in the major at the 300/400 level, with no more than six hours taken from the same instructor.

Minor in International Studies

The minor in international studies requires 15 credit hours including:

  1. GEOG 100S or POLS 100S or POLS 102S is a prerequisite course for the minor and is not included in the calculation of the grade point average for the minor.
  2. Twelve hours of upper-division approved electives to include:
    GEOG 300-400 level elective 3
    HIST 300-400 level elective3
    POLS 300-400 level elective3
    300-400 level elective3

Approved courses appear on the "Approved List of Courses for International Studies" available from the program director or at http://al.odu.edu/bais/. Additional courses with an international focus may be approved by the program director. Up to three credits may be taken through participation in a model international organization (Model United Nations, Model Organization of American States or Model League of Arab States). Courses taken to fulfill requirements for the major discipline may not be applied toward the minor.

For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the minor exclusive of lower-level courses and prerequisite courses and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

Five-Year B.A./M.A. Program in International Studies

Qualified students can apply for admission to the five-year accelerated B.A./M.A graduate degree program in international studies.

Requirements for Admission

Requirements for admission are:

  1. A declared major in the B.A. program in international studies (BAIS).
  2. A minimum of 60 hours completed, including at least six hours of 300/400 courses in the major.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.5 at the time of application.
  4. Application to the accelerated B.A./M.A. program in international studies, approved by both the B.A. and M.A. directors.
  5. Take the GRE during the last semester of BAIS work with an expected minimum score of 1100 (verbal and quantitative totals).
  6. Complete an application form for Old Dominion University graduate admission. Students specializing in a region (e.g. Asia, Latin America, etc.) are encouraged to complete a minor at the undergraduate level.

Students pursuing the accelerated B.A./M.A program will fulfill all lower-level General Education requirements that have been approved for the BAIS and meet the requirements to earn a B.A. in international studies.

Method Courses3
Select one of the following courses:
Research Design
Research Design
Introduction to Historical Methods
Introduction to Social Research
Feminist Research Methods
Foreign Language *18-21
Core Courses in Geography, History, Political Science, and Cultural Studies21
Five of the following six courses are required:
World Resources
Political Geography
Freedom, Rights and Revolution: Evolution of the State System 1648-1815
Empire, Nations, and Industrialization: Evolution of the State System, 1815-1914
International Political Economy
International Relations Theory
Cultural Studies: **
BAIS Senior Seminar
Select one of the following:
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Senior Seminar in International Studies
Other approved course
Bridge Courses (to be taken during Senior Year) ***12
Research Methods in International Studies
Seminar in International Relations Theory
American Foreign Policy and World Order
International Economics

*

A minimum of six credits beyond the requirement for the Bachelor of Arts (preferably in the language pursued for the B.A.) or demonstrated proficiency to that level as approved by the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Current language offerings include: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

Native speakers of a language other than English may ask for a waiver. To be considered a native speaker, a student must be admitted to Old Dominion University with a passing TOEFL score.

**

Students select one course that links culture to other aspects of international studies in an integrative, interdisciplinary way. Examples are Foreign Languages in English Translation (FLET) literature and film courses, English World Literature courses, and other culturally focused, international, interdisciplinary courses, and those from disciplines other than GEOG, HIST, and POLS as available and approved by the BAIS director.

***

An overall GPA of at least 3.00 is required in these courses.


The B.A. in international studies will be awarded on completion of 120 credit hours including all the preceding courses and other University requirements for graduation.

Master of Arts Requirements

After obtaining the B.A. in international studies, students must complete the following:

  1. Four graduate courses in one of the following fields of concentration (instead of the three required for M.A. students): international relations/U.S. foreign policy; conflict and cooperation; international political economy and development; and interdependence and transnationalism.
  2. Two electives at the 600 level or above. At least one should have a regional focus (e.g. Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America).

The M.A. in international studies requires 18 credits beyond the four Bridge Courses (the MAIS core courses). It is anticipated that a student who has completed the BAIS could thus take three courses in the fall and spring semesters. There will be no thesis option.

Additional Requirements

Students in the accelerated B.A./M.A. program must also complete the following:

  1. Fulfill the BAIS language requirement (which also fulfills MAIS requirements).
  2. Take the GRE during the last semester of BAIS work with a minimum expected score of 1100 (verbal and quantitative totals).
  3. Have an overall GPA of 3.00 in the seven core undergraduate courses and at least a GPA of 3.00 in the four Bridge courses (MAIS core courses).
  4. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.00. (Students failing to maintain a 3.00 GPA may revert to the regular BAIS degree and count up to 12 hours of completed graduate core courses toward the BAIS.)
  5. Complete an application form for Old Dominion University graduate admission. Students specializing in a region (e.g. Asia, Latin America, etc.) are encouraged to complete a minor at the undergraduate level.

Additional Explanations

  1. Students interested in the B.A./M.A. program will be advised as early as possible, and admitted students will start the program during their Junior year in order to meet all the requirements. Thus, students may apply for admission to the accelerated program after they have earned 60 credits (including at least six hours of 300/400 courses in the major). Applications can be filed with the undergraduate director on or before April 1 for admission in the following Fall semester and on or before November 1 for admission in the following Spring semester. Notifications of acceptance to students will be forwarded by May 1 and December 1, respectively.
  2. Students fulfill the BAIS language requirement (which also fulfills MAIS requirements).
  3. Students will receive the B.A. degree after fulfilling all the requirements for the undergraduate degree. Students whose overall GPA drops below a 3.00 before attaining the B.A. degree can revert to the regular BAIS program and count any graduate credits they may have earned toward the BAIS. Students with a GPA of less than 3.00 at the end of their fourth year will not be permitted to continue toward the M.A. degree.
  4. Students in the accelerated program must meet the BAIS requirement that students must receive a minimum grade of C (2.00) in the following undergraduate courses:
    ENGL 110CEnglish Composition3
    ENGL 211CEnglish Composition3
    GEOG 100SCultural Geography3
    POLS 100SIntroduction to International Politics3
    or POLS 102S Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
    ECON 201SPrinciples of Macroeconomics3
    Select one of the following: 3
    Interpreting the World Past Since 1500
    Interpreting the Asian Past
    Interpreting the European Past
    Interpreting the Latin America Past
    Interpreting the African Past
    Not accepted for the major:
    Interpreting the American Past
  5. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information on the M.A. in international studies as well as the doctoral program in international studies.