International Studies Program

The International Studies program at BGSU offers diverse opportunities for students to gain insight into our global community. Students take courses that challenge them to think critically in a global and practical context. The major acquaints students with approaches from the humanities (history, communication), social sciences (economics, political science), and natural sciences (geography) across continents, countries, and cultures. International Studies majors are informed, involved, and well prepared to communicate ideas in a language or culture other than their own, and to make important decisions that will affect them and people around the world.
The International Studies MAJOR might focus on a world region (Africa, Europe), a particular issue or discipline (environment, sociology), or a future career goal (government, business administration). Students may continue with a language pursued in high school or they may decide to try a new language such as Japanese, Russian or Italian. International Studies majors spend a semester or a year abroad. BGSU offers programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Alternatively, students can declare a MINOR in International Studies .

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Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures

Why students need a global awareness and understanding of other cultures

From trips to Normandy beaches to language blogs, José Picardo explores the growing importance of offering students international experiences Read More

News and Stories

BGSU students successful at Model European Union Simulation

BGSU students successful at Model European Union Simulation

Winning a first prize for representing Latvia were Eve Cervenka, an International Studies major with minors in Chinese and political science from Twinsburg, Ohio, and Paul Garbarino, a political science and journalism major minoring in economics and PPEL (philosophy, politics, economics and law) from Utica, Michigan.   Read More

International Studies 3800, Intro to International Service-Learning, Receives Kurt E. Hofmeister Outstanding Undergraduate Group Award

   Dr. Beatrice Guenther's Service Learning course was awarded the award by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement as part of the 2017 Community and Civic Engagement Awards. Find more information here:

Travels and Internships Provide Perspective

Travels and Internships Provide Perspective

Recent alumna Toni Smith interned with Women at Risk, International, a nonprofit organization that creates safe havens for at-risk women and children in more than 30 countries. She also had study abroad experiences in France and Burkina Faso in West Africa. "It is not only a great way to build your resume and see the world, but also a catalyst for personal development and awareness," she said.
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The BGSU Model UN team this year received an Honorable Mention Delegation award at the Model UN conference held in late March in New York City. The 14 students all enrolled in the political science course Model UN to participate in the conference, where they represented Latvia in a role-playing simulation of the UN.
International Studies Students participating include majors Tyler Way, Rachel Zarick, Courtney Keeney and Renee Wott as well as minor Brandon Willinger.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in International Studies are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the connections between countries;
  • Describe the impact of international events or arrangements at the regional, national, and local levels in at least one major area of the world;
  • Articulate how historical processes, such as colonialism, post-colonialism, and globalization, have led to our current situation in general, and to specific conditions in at least one area of the world;
  • Analyze and describe global issues both qualitatively and quantitatively, using approaches from both the humanities and the social sciences;
  • Demonstrate a basic command of at least two appropriate disciplinary approaches, such as economics, sociology (demographics), political science, history, literature, popular culture, environmental studies, cultural studies, or regional studies;
  • Apply interdisciplinary approaches, including foreign language skills and international experience, to research and present specific global issues.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The International Studies program went through Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2016-17.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The International Studies program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The International Studies program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.