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Graduate Program in International Studies

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Concentrations allow you to fine-tune your GPIS degree, providing flexibility and focus in your studies.

Choose from an array of concentrations to fine-tune your International Studies degree.

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U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations

Among the virtues of U.S. Foreign Policy and International Relations as a field of concentration is its multi-faceted approach. By its very nature, the study of this field requires that students develop a thorough understanding of all of the concepts and conditions that serve as key components in the making of foreign policy. These factors include --but need not be limited to-- economic, cultural, and political considerations.

Conflict and Cooperation

During the past decade, international security studies have undergone rapid transformation. No longer beholden to the study of East-West competition, the security field has become increasingly diverse regarding the themes and issues it embraces as well as the community of scholars it involves. As a result, many intellectual foundations have been questioned and the field has been opened to a variety of innovations.

International Political Economy and Development

Political decisions clearly influence economic outcomes. States determine the nature and distribution of property rights as well as the rules governing the production and distribution of wealth. At the same time, economic forces influence political behavior. Markets shape the distribution of power, policy choices and the institutions of governance.

Interdependence and Transnationalism

The 20th century has witnessed profound global change. The proliferation of connections among states, regions and non-state actors, and critical issue areas and global processes has altered core elements of world affairs. In particular, the acceleration of global interdependence and transnationalism since World War II has forced a virtual re-thinking of such fundamental issues as sovereignty, autonomy, power, global stability, global order and governance, ethics and identity.

Comparative and Regional Studies

The Comparative and Regional Studies Track is designed to expose students to area studies scholarship in order to increase their capacity for broader comparative study.

Modeling and Simulation

Modeling and simulation is playing an increasing role at the cutting edge of international studies. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for these kinds of skills in both the academic and non-academic job markets for our graduates. The Hampton Roads region in particular, has become one of the worldʼs leading centers of modeling and simulation and ODU is working to develop Modeling and Simulation across a number of disciplines.

International Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture and society that responds to and builds upon, critical analyses of traditional disciplines and epistemologies as well as upon developments specific to ethnic, and gender studies that have emerged over the last thirty years. Key to the Intercultural Studies approach is the perception that language, gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and class organize identities, complex social relations and cultural objects. Also key is the assumption that the study of culture in all of its complexity requires cross-disciplinary work.

Women's Studies Graduate Certificate

Students who want only the women's studies graduate certificate without a graduate degree may attain it, but must apply, nonetheless, for graduate standing in the Institute of Humanities. They must gain admission to the Humanities graduate program before the completion of nine graduate hours and must satisfy all of the admission requirements for the program, including the GRE. Only students who hold a B.A. or B.S. degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 may apply for the women's studies graduate certificate.

Other students who choose to obtain a master's degree in such fields as English, history, international studies, applied sociology, or counseling have the option of combining that degree with the women's studies graduate certificate. Students should fill in an application in the Women's Studies Department. Often this can be done without adding more than a few extra credit hours beyond those required for the master's degree. Admission and course requirements vary from department to department.