Archana Palaniappan

Created in 1943, The Ohio State University International Studies program is one of the oldest in the country. The program offers an undergraduate liberal arts education that is international and interdisciplinary in focus, promotes a deeper knowledge and understanding of other peoples and cultures, and fosters critical thinking, research, writing, and public speaking skills.

By the Numbers

  • International Studies is a top 10 major at Ohio State
  • 11 major specializations
  • 10 minors
  • Students can major or minor in a single specialization or combine a regional and global problems specialization
  • 40% of students study abroad
  • 50% of International Studies majors are in honors or scholars programs
  • Five Fulbright Teaching Scholars in 2013-2014

Major Specializations

  • African Studies
  • Development Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • Security and Intelligence
  • Slavic and Eastern Europe
  • Western European Studies
  • World Economy and Business

Alumni Spotlight: Joshua Gonzalez

Joshua Gonzalez graduated in 2013 with majors in international studies and Spanish. While an undergraduate, Joshua was a member of the university’s Young Scholars Program, interned with an international online newspaper and was a mentor for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. After graduation he taught English in Spain for a year. Joshua won a 2016 prestigious Rangel Fellowship which funds a two year master’s degree in international affairs. 

Selected Alumni Research and Activities

Abraham Kanter (2007) graduated magna cum laude with two degrees—International Studies Security and Intelligence and Latin. He has worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, researching cyber threats, international crime, and terrorism. For graduate school he was in the prestigious Defense Intelligence Scholars Program at the National Defense Intelligence College.
Sabrina Hersi-Issa (2006) was chosen by Forbes magazine in 2012 as one of the “30 Under 30” professionals in the area of Law and Policy, “most impatient to change the world.”
Liam Birt (2011) is a Business Development Manager in New York City for IBISWorld, the world’s largest provider of industry-based research.
Maria Shikary, MD (2005) is a pediatric specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.
Noah M. Schottenstein, JD (2004) is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Gretchen Bateman (France) Kaitlin Cutshaw (Italy), Jade Holmes (Ecuador), Matthew Moliterno (Italy), Michelle Peasley (Austria), Domenico Vivirito (Lithuania), and Stephanie Weisfeld (Italy) interned at Overseas U.S. Embassies 2012-13.

Where Do Our Graduates Go?

Here’s a sampling:
ACLIPSE Teach in Asia, AmeriCorps, American Israel Public Affairs, Bank of America, Boeing, Bureau of the Census, Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee, CIA, Columbus Council on World Affairs, Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, Export-Import Bank of the U.S., FBI, Fulbright Awards to Romania and South Korea, Georgetown, Law School, Honda, Inland Technology Military Division, International Visitors Council, The Japan Exchange & Teaching Program, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Meridian International Center, Washington D.C., National Defense University, National Japanese American Memorial Fund, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Security Council, Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Oxford University Press, Peace Corps, U.S. Senate, Social Security Administration, State of Ohio, Suffolk University, Department of Defense, Government Accountability Office, Investigation Services, World Trade Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and more!