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Department of International and Area Studies

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10 Reasons to Join IAS
  1. We promote and advocate for the internationalization of the university experience
  2. We are home to people of different backgrounds, nationalities, experiences, perspectives and worldviews
  3. We have a multi-disciplinary department comprised of talented professors who study diverse regions and issue areas
  4. We have study abroad opportunities in over 100 cities throughout 50 countries across the globe
  5. We operate study centers in Italy and Mexico
  6. We offer career-networking opportunities, including a Washington and the World experience and the LEAdership Fellows (LEAF) program
  7. We provide scholarships to help fund study abroad, internships and research
  8. We house the Department of State (DOS) Diplomat-in-Residence and participate in the DOS Diplomacy Lab
  9. We have a growing base of alumni in every corner of the world
  10. We coordinate the Arabic Language Flagship Program

Career Paths for Recent Graduates

  • Working at US Embassies around the world
  • Working with the United Nations
  • Attending medical or law school
  • Developing nonprofit and non-governmental organizations
  • Researching for governmental offices and think tanks
  • Working with the European Union
  • Serving in the US Military
  • Researching or teaching on Fulbright Fellowships
  • Traveling as international reporters
  • Working in national politics
  • Participating in Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development

Diversity Statement

The University of Oklahoma and Department of International and Area Studies advance a diverse, equitable, and inclusive university community by embracing each person’s unique contributions, background and perspectives. OU Norman, OU Tulsa and the Health Sciences Center recognize that fostering an inclusive environment for all, with particular attention to the needs of historically marginalized populations, is vital to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission and enhances the OU experience for all students, faculty and staff.

For more information on diversity initiatives in the Department of International and Area Studies, please contact Amel Khalfaoui, Chair of the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, or Eric Heinze, Chair of the Department of International and Area Studies.