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The Department of International and Area Studies in the David L. Boren College of International Studies offers an undergraduate program with nine majors and eleven minors. Our curriculum is both international and interdisciplinary, with a variety of courses offered through the following departments:

  • International & Area Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Communication
  • Economics


  • English
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • History of Science
  • Music 
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

As an integral part of the undergraduate program, CIS students also choose a foreign language relevant to their area of concentration and develop communication skills in this language through classes offered by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

Study Abroad
Finally, CIS students are required to spend at least one academic term, preferably a year, working abroad or studying at an international university of their choice with the approval of CIS.

Master of Arts in International Studies

The Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) equips students with the tools to engage in a globally integrated environment in areas such as international diplomacy, international security, the international economy, humanitarian aid and economic development assistance or international advocacy. Program coursework provides a rigorous foundation in international and comparative politics, world history, international economics, and analytic and statistical methods.

Students in the program also have the flexibility to focus their coursework in one of the following areas: 

  • Global Economics
  • Global Security Studies
  • Law and Institutions
  • Area Studies (includes regional specializations in Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East)

Master of Arts in Global Affairs

Through our online Master of Arts in Global Affairs (GAMA), students explore the political, economic and social interactions that have an impact on global turbulence. GAMA coursework is designed to provide students with a global vision from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Students in our online GAMA program:

  • increase knowledge of global affairs
  • develop expertise in one or more geographic areas of the globe
  • gain valuable, practical experience through a planned policy exercise
  • participate in a collective study abroad program exclusive to GAMA students
  • learn to operate in a dynamic global environment
  • expand global professional connections

Master of Arts in International Relations

The Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) offers the adult learner the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree at or near military installations around the world. MAIR students gain a broad understanding of world affairs from economic, geographic, historic, political and social perspectives. The program is directed by the David L. Boren College of International Studies in coordination with the University of Oklahoma’s College of Professional and Continuing Studies, which was established in 1964 as part of the University’s commitment to continuing education and public service. 

The Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in International Studies is an accelerated program designed for exceptional students to earn both the BA and MA in International Studies in 5 years of study. National Merit Scholars are the ideal candidates for a 5-year accelerated BA/MA program, although the program is open to all OU students who qualify.

The US and the World Spring Break Experience is an opportunity for IAS students to travel to the nation’s capitol to study how the United States connects with the rest of the world. Students explore political, non-governmental, inter-governmental and media sectors by meeting with officials representing various organizations, outlets and political entities.

US and the World provides a host of benefits for students, including:

  • insight into careers with NGOs and government 
  • networking opportunities with a diverse group of people working in government and journalism
  • the ability to experience US international relations work firsthand
  • a deeper perspective on global issues and the intricacies of maneuvering the international arena 
  • opportunity to connect with OU Alumni living in DC and New York as well as members of the CIS Board of Visitors

Although this is being offered as an experience, students wishing to earn academic credit may enroll in an Independent Study course, which will require additional reading and writing assignments before and after the Spring Break trip. You will need to speak with your academic advisor to register for this option.

The CIS International Leadership Program provides an elite group of students with the contacts, skills and financial means to engage in hands-on involvement with people, organizations and activities at the international level. Students who participate in LEAF are engaged in leadership education, hard skill development and networking practices. The goal is to create alumni who possess the cultural awareness, skills and knowledge to become international leaders.

Participants in the CIS International Leadership Program receive a $2,000 stipend toward an approved internationally focused internship, which serves as the culmination of the program experience.

Coordinated by the David L. Boren College of International Studies, the Fellowship for Global Engagement program ensures that students have the tools necessary to succeed in the global community.

Global Engagement Fellows receive a $5,000 cash scholarship account, which can be used during their undergraduate education for up to three international experiences (at least one short-term [summer] and one long-term [semester]). All Fellows will be encouraged to take their first travel study experience during the summer after their freshman year.

The Global Engagement undergraduate certificate is open to any degree-seeking OU student. The certifiacte is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the global community, including international affairs and modern global issues, as well as encourage them to become active global citizens. Certificate requirements are similar to those in the currently-existing OU program, the Global Engagement Fellowship (GEF) Program.