International Studies Program

Varner Hall, Room 217
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 1000 (Formerly 100) and 2000 (Formerly 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 departmental 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 2100 (Formerly IS 210) plus 20 additional credits drawn from the following list of courses.

PLUS 8 additional credits required may be from 3000 level (Formerly 300 level) or 4000 level (Formerly 400 level) Chinese language courses

AND 12 additional credits for the complementary area of study which is Japanese studies.


 

 Japan

Course requirements for the major in Japanese studies include IS 2200 (Formerly IS 220) plus 20 credits drawn from the following list of courses.

PLUS 8 additional credits required may be from 3000 level (Formerly 300 level) or 4000 level (Formerly 400 level) Japanese language courses

AND 12 additional credits for the complementary area of study which is Chinese studies.

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 2500 (Formerly IS 250) plus 20 additional credits drawn from the following courses:

IS 2500 (Formerly IS 250)
AH 3060 (Formerly AH 309)
AH 3080 (Formerly AH 349)
AN 3550 (Formerly AN 370)
AN 3350 (Formerly AN 371)
AN 3360 (Formerly AN 372)
HST 2600 (Formerly HST 261)
HST 2602 (Formerly HST 262)
HST 3660 (Formerly HST 363)
HST 3665 (Formerly HST 395)
HST 3670 (Formerly HST 394)
HST 3675 (Formerly HST 366)
IS 3975 (Formerly IS 385)
MUS 1101 (Formerly MUS 111)
PS 3405 (Formerly PS 335)
PS 3550 (Formerly PS 330)
PS 3560 (Formerly PS 339)

Perspectives on Latin America
Pre-Columbian Art
Latin American Art
Archaeology of Mesoamerica
Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Indians of South America
Introduction to Latin American History to 1825
Introduction to Latin American History since 1825
History of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Indigenous Movements in Latin America, 1942-Present
Latin American Revolutions
Slavery and Race in Latin America
Seminar in Latin American Studies
Exploring Caribbean Music
Politics of Latin America
Politics of Development
Revolution, Intervention, and Democratization

PLUS 8 language credits from 3000 level (Formerly 300 level) or 4000 level (Formerly 400 level) Spanish language courses.

AND 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, including 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 3000 - Formerly IS 300) may also count toward fulfillment of the minor requirements, subject to International Studies Program academic adviser approval.
Refer to the Oakland University Undergraduate Catalog for specific information regarding the courses that need to be completed for a minor.