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Best schools-international relations/international studies???


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  • zapfinozapfino Registered User Posts: 2,832 Senior Member
    The International Studies program at Ohio State appears to be very solid.
    Here are some of the good things about it:
    -It offers a broad range of thematic and regional subspecializations. These subspecializations cover all of the major functional areas and world regions. A subspecialty in security and inteligence is offered at relatively few other programs.
    -The requirements for each of the subspecialty fields appear to be well- designed to develop one's knowledge in their respective areas of focus. This contrasts favorably with many less-focused IS programs.
    -The various subspecialty fields are clearly differentiated from each other. Many other IS programs do not have clear distinctions between their subspecialty options.
    -The program requires at least a minor in one's chosen foreign language.
    -There is good breadth and depth of course offerings in each of the subspecialty options.
    -It is possible to complete a double major in IS + another field.
    -The IS program offers a broad range of its own interdisciplinary courses. The topics of many of these courses are timely and not offered in many other programs.
    -Ohio State is a very good place to study certain world regions. This is especially the case for East Asia, Russia/Eastern Europe, and possibly, the Middle East. OSU offers adequate to very good coverage of other regions, but its strongest areas are those which it has emphasized historically, so, for example, African, South Asian, and Southeast Asian Studies are relatively less-developed.
    -Due to its size, range of fields, etc., Ohio State has good opportunities in a number of other fields that complement IS, e.g., journalism, agriculture, business, etc.
    -As am interdisciplinary major, an IS program draws on coursework and faculty in a wide range of fields. While Ohio State is quite strong (relative to some other schools) in certain fields, e.g., political science, geography, East Asian languages, Slavic languages, it is less strong (though not necessarily bad) in other areas, e.g., anthropology, history, economics.
  • Sparkeye7Sparkeye7 Registered User Posts: 2,466 Senior Member
    Ohio State's Political Science department is ranked 13th in the country by US News & World Report in 2010, with the American Politics 5th, International Politics 12th and Political Methodology 10th.

    Study by Simon Hix of The London School of Economics ranked it as the 4th best Political Science department in the world.

    Foreign Policy Magazine ranked it as the 15th best program in the world for the study of International Relations.

    Professor Alexander Wendt was ranked the most influential scholar of International Relations in the world in survey of American professors of International Relations.

    Ohio State Global Gateway Offices

    * China - Shanghai 2010
    * India - Mumbai 2012
    * Brazil - Sao Paulo 2014
    * England - London 2015
    * Belgium 2015
    * Turkey 2017
    * Uganda 2018
    * Russia 2020


    "The Office of International Affairs cultivates and nurtures the growth of global perspectives at The Ohio State University. As Ohio State enhances its mission for high distinction in international education, scholarship, and public service, the Office of International Affairs provides leadership and innovation to facilitate international opportunities for our students and faculty, and makes educational resources accessible for the campus, our international guests, and the community beyond. We also stimulate activities that celebrate diverse cultures, foster the exchange of ideas, serve as the central information hub for international activities, and support the growing international dimension of Ohio State."

    Source: Office of International Affairs - About Us
  • andreasofia55andreasofia55 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    american, boston university, or lehigh?
    I've heard they all have great programs.

    pros and cons of each???
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