To earn an International Degree, you must
Your graduation audit will be completed by an advisor in your Primary College or Department. Confirmation of the International Degree will be appropriately noted on your transcripts, and you will receive separate diplomas for your primary major and International Studies.
You must successfully complete all departmental, college, and institutional requirements for your primary degree.
You must also complete a minimum of 32 credits in residence beyond the 180 credits required for most primary degrees (some majors require more than 180 credits).
Additional International Degree requirements may be established for your primary degree, so check with your major adviser or the International Degree Contact in your department to make sure that you know what they are and that you are able to complete them. When you meet with your adviser, have a transcript in hand.
Advanced proficiency is usually evidenced by completion of the third term of a fourth-year language sequence at OSU (413). The OSU Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) will approve your language proficiency and sign off on the Language Proficiency Form once you have completed this requirement.
Possible methods of demonstrating fourth-year language proficiency:
NOTE: Foreign Language Majors
* fees involved in administering a language proficiency exam are the responsibility of the student.
** The student must clearly demonstrate how the target language was used and linguistic progress achieved during their cultural immersion in a brief portfolio presented to the OSU Department of World Languages and Cultures.
You must spend a minimum of 10 weeks in a country where your International Degree language is spoken, engaged in one of these activities: study abroad, international internship or independently arranged research project/directed study.
You must successfully complete a minimum of four courses for the International Core selected from the Baccalaureate Core Curriculum (see General Catalog for yearly changes). These courses are in addition to the University's Baccalaureate Core requirements. The International Core course requirements must come from the following categories:
Note: you can not take all four of the additional Baccalaureate Core courses focusing on the same culture/language group.
NOTE: College of Forestry students
You must prepare a rigorous and integrative senior thesis that demonstrates a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of global issues and of the international dimensions of your primary degree. More information can be found in our thesis section.
The thesis is your final product - the capstone of all of your work toward the International Degree while at OSU.
This thesis places your academic discipline in an international context, often in a comparative fashion, and allows you to explore what interests you most about your subject and its place in the world.
As part of your thesis requirement, you must take additional credits including
You will have a thesis advisor from your primary major department (exceptions made on a case-by-case basis). This advisor will be the instructor of record for your thesis credits, and guide your overall thesis-writing experience.
There are thesis guidelines to give you a general idea of structure, contents, length, as well as example pages.
Your thesis is considered complete once you have
*Biology students must enroll in 3-6 credits of 401 Research instead of 403 Thesis.
Additional College & Department Requirements:
World Languages and Cultures - If you are majoring in French, German or Spanish, to earn the International Degree you must complete the second foreign language required of a language major through the fourth-year level. You must also spend two periods abroad; one in each of the countries where the two languages you are studying are spoken. For the International Degree experience, it must be 10 weeks, but check with World Languages and Cultures for experience requirements for your major language.
For example, if you are a German major and have decided to take Russian as your second foreign language, you must complete the 400-level Russian course and study abroad in both Germany and Russia. Additionally, you may not complete major/minor requirements without taking upper-division courses in the OSU Foreign Languages Department even if you complete the hour requirements abroad. Please contact Danielle Batson in the Department of World Languages and Cultures for more information.
Forestry Majors - As part of the ID core, you must take FE/FOR 456, International Forestry (3 credits). For students not based on the Corvallis campus (e.g. Ecampus, OSU-Cascades in Bend), you may enroll in GEO 300, Sustainability for the Common Good (3 credits), as an alternative.