Flags from many different cultures hang alongside Main St. and Tappan Square. Photo credit: Walter Novak
Program Overview

International Studies

Program Type: Concentration

Grounded in the social sciences, our International Studies Concentration prepares students for careers and pursuits that span national boundaries. This concentration can complement many academic programs, building students’ capacities to apply their major’s disciplinary knowledge to the challenges of the globalized world.

Why Study International Studies at Oberlin?

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Global Speaker Series
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Strong Interdisciplinary Faculty
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Study Away Opportunities
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Two soldiers check the identification of two men at a security checkpoint. Photo credit: DOD/USAF/Vanessa Valentine

Global Issues Symposium

Oberlin College launched the Global Issues Symposium in 2016, designed to bring renowned scholars, policy practitioners, and activists to campus to discuss crucial transnational issues. Each year features a specific transnational issue with select speakers to discuss the most pressing issues of our time. Presented over four years, the symposium constitutes a significant initiative for a larger Global Scholars Program envisioned to expand student learning beyond the existing International Studies Concentration curriculum.

Sample Courses

  • POLT 120 - Introduction to International Politics 4 credits
  • EAST 163 - Korea: Past, Present and Future 4 credits
  • ECON 227 - International Trade and Finance 4 credits
  • AAST 337 - African Capitalists and African Development: Seminar 4 credits

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