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Academic Programs

International Studies students are widely recognized for academic talent and vigor.   As well as embodying excellence, our students earn a broad, forward-thinking education while undertaking a demanding curriculum.

Our students can choose from eleven major specializations, or ten minors. The program also offers separate minors in Human Rights, Information Security, and Peace Studies.  International Studies majors are required to undertake training and develop language proficiency beyond the university minimum of all Arts and Sciences undergraduates.

Academic Advising

To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, please call 614 292-9657.


Eleven Majors


Eleven Minors

Study Abroad

For study abroad opportunities visit the Office of International Affairs.


College of the Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate International Experience Grants:
The Undergraduate International Experience Grants are available to any College of Arts and Sciences major. Preference for these grants will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by Pell Grant eligibility. Scholarships will be awarded up to $1,000 each (total amount available $40,000).

Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships:
The Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarship supports to students with funding for academic study, research, internships, field work, and service-learning. The study abroad opportunity may be a part of a program sponsored by The Ohio State University (managed by the Office of International Affairs) and/or an OSU academic unit, or a student's independent travel that is overseen by a member of the OSU faculty and for which OSU academic credit will be earned.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant:
Each fall and spring semester, the Social and Behavioral Sciences offer research grants to undergraduate students whose research projects involve extraordinary costs. Any student with a declared major in the Social and Behavioral Sciences are eligible for this award, including honors and non-honors students. The maximum award amount is $1,000.

Arts and Sciences Honors Program - International Research Grants for Undergraduates in Arts and Sciences:
This scholarship encourages students to engage in research in international venues with their faculty mentors.Both students and faculty are encouraged to apply for grants to support undergraduate students who can benefit from doing research abroad. The awards for this scholarship are distributed by the Arts and Sciences Honors Program and the Office of International Affairs.

Arts and Sciences Honors Program - Undergraduate Research Scholarship:
The Honors Office in 3180 Smith Lab offers applications each year for their annual Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship competition. In order to be eligible, students must have junior academic standing and have one of the following: be a candidate for graduation with research distinction; or present other evidence of work on a significant research project. The scholarship offers a range from $500 to $9,000 that will be apportioned to summer, autumn, and spring semesters.

Mershon Center

Mershon Center for International Security Studies
The Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship supports students who want to enhance their educational experience by studying in a foreign country. Students preparing for a career related to international security studies will be given priority. As many as 10 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Education Abroad Scholarships:
Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in a university-approved program, and special consideration will be given to those students from underrepresented groups, and/or first-generation students going abroad for the first time to study, conduct research, or render service. For more information about this scholarship opportunity please visit the website.

Office of International Affairs

Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship:
The Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship was created on September 1, 1999 to enhance the educational experience of Ohio State students, by providing financial support to participants in Ohio State approved semester/summer-long study abroad programs. Up to 40 scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, will be awarded annually. Students can only receive the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship one time. For more information on the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship please visit the website.

Francille M. Firebaugh Study Abroad Scholarship:
The Francille M. Firebaugh Study Abroad Scholarship was established on February 2, 1990 in honor of Francille M. Firebaugh, Vice Provost Emeritus, International Affairs, and Professor Emeritus, Family Resource Management in recognition of her years at Ohio State and her commitment to International Studies. The scholarship was created to help fund study abroad for currently enrolled Ohio State students. Each year 2 to 3 scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship will be between $1,000 and $1,500. To learn more about the Francille M. Firebaugh Study Abroad Scholarship please visit the website.

Endowed Fund for Short-Term Study Abroad:
The Endowed Fund for Short-Term Study Abroad was created on November 3, 2000 with the support of the Coca-Cola company. The award provides financial assistance to students in order to enhance their educational experience through the participation in Ohio State short-term study abroad programs. Up to 8 scholarships of $500 to $750 each will be awarded. To learn more visit the following website.

University Honors and Scholars

Honors & Scholars Travel Grants:
The University Honors & Scholars Center Small Grants Program is funded by the Sidney Pressey Endowment Fund. The Program was formed to assist students who are candidates for graduation with distinction and who have specific research needs not covered by other assistance. The maximum amount students can apply for is $300. Applications for Arts and Science students are available in the ASC Honors Office, 3180 Smith Lab. The application needs to include a 1-3 page summary, a budget, and a letter of support from the faculty project adviser. Students have to apply for these grants by the second Friday of each semester and awards will be given on a competitive basis. The grants can be used either the quarter they are awarded or in a subsequent quarter, however, students must be enrolled during the quarter in which they receive the funding.

Undergraduate Research Office

Holbrook Research Abroad Scholarship:
The Holbrook Research Abroad Scholarship was established to support highly motivated students in any field of study with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project in a foreign country with the guidance of an OSU faculty member. Each year 2 awards for $3,000 will be awarded. To learn more information please visit the following website.