International Studies Program
Varner Hall, Room 521
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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Special Topics

In addition, the International Studies Program offers, from time to time, special topics courses.  Recent courses have included:
For advising on all ISP programs, please contact:

Paul Kubicek
Center for International Programs Director
(248) 370-2363

Programs and Courses

Each semester the International Studies Program offers a variety of regionally-oriented courses that expose students to the culture, history and politics of a particular world region.  Al courses are inter-disciplinary, meaning students are exposed to perspectives from the arts, humanities, geography, and social sciences.  Course cover both historical development and contemporary issues.  Courses are regularly offered in both traditional and on-line formats.  All fulfill Oakland's Global Perspective General Education requirement.

The Center for International Programs offers active majors in:
  • East Asian Studies - Japan
  • East Asian Studies - China
  • Latin America 
Requirements for the liberal arts majors in international studies, B.A. programs

The international studies majors consist of a minimum of 40 credits, of which 28 credits must be taken in the primary area (East Asian studies, Latin American studies); 12 credits in a complementary area of study, and language proficiency equivalent to 8 credits of work at the third year of study in an appropriate language.  Language courses at the 100 and 200 level do not count toward the total number of credits for the major in either the primary or secondary area.  The complementary area of study ordinarily consists of the appropriate introductory international studies course and two additional courses in the area, which may be either international studies courses or departrmental courses.  Duplication of course credit in the primary and complementary areas is not permitted.  However, majors may apply their courses in international studies to their general educational requirements.

Minor programs in the study of various world areas, each requiring 20 credits of coursework, are also offered.
East Asian Studies,
B.A. Program
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China

Course requirements for the major in Chinese studies includes IS 210 plus 24 additional credits drawn from the following list of courses.

Eight of the 24 credits required above may also be from 300 or 400 level Chinese language courses

The additional 12 credits for the complementary area of study may be taken in Japanese studies.  The appropriate language is Chinese.


 

 Japan

Course requirements for the major in Japanese studies include IS 220 plus 24 credits drawn from the following list of courses.

Eight of the 24 credits required above  may also be from 300 or 400 level Japanese language courses.

The additional 12 credits for the complementary area of study may be taken in Chinese.  The appropriate language is Japanese.

Students wishing to study in Japan may do so through an exchange program between Oakland University and Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan, and the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Hikone, Shiga, Japan.  See Study Abroad opportunities.
Latin American Studies,
B.A. Program
Course requirements for the major in Latin American studies include IS 250 plus 24 additional credits drawn from the following courses:

IS 250
AH 309
AN 370
AN 371
AN 372
HST 261
HST 262
HST 363     
HST 366
HST 367
IS 385
PS 335
 Introduction to Latin America
Pre-Columbian Art
Archaeology of Mesoamerica
Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Indians of South America
Introduction to Latin American History 1825
Introduction to Latin American History 1825
History of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Slavery and Race in Latin America
History of Mexico
Seminar in Latin America
Politics of Latin America
Eight of the 24 credits required above may also be from 300 or 400 level Spanish language courses.

The additional 12 credits for the complementary area must be taken in African and African-American studies.  The appropriate language is Spanish.
Minor Programs
Requirements for the liberal arts minors in international studies:

Minors in international studies consist of a minimum of 20 credits in any of single world areas designated below for major programs, distributed as follows:
  • Introductory course in the chosen area of study.
  • 16 additional credits from among the course offerings in the chosen world area of study, incuding up to, but no more than, 8 credits of language study appropriate to the chosen area, at any level.
Relevant independent study, directed research or special topics course work (e.g., IS 300) may also count toward fulfillment of the minor requirements, subject to CIP academic adviser approval.
Refer to the Oakland University Undergraduate Catalog for specific information regarding the courses that need to be completed for a minor.