Congratulations to Alejandra Gonzalez Herrera as the first undergraduate student
to enroll in International Studies Minor. Alejandra is currently applying for a
Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Spain and has completed a semester abroad in the
Czech Republic. She met all of the course requirements by taking classes that encompassed
International Decision Making and International Environment. Alejandra also met
the language requirement by taking over 10 hours of French while an undergraduate
student at Oklahoma State University. As a soon to be December 2011 graduate we
know Alejandra will continue to increase her international and cultural awareness
where ever she goes!
Oklahoma State University’s Division of International Studies and Outreach hosted
the President along with Deans and Directors from Southwest Jiaotong University
in Chengdu, China. The purpose of this visit was to work with the Office of International
Students and Scholars at OSU to strengthen current partnerships among the universities
and to open up additional possibilities for future collaboration.
Groupo Allegro is an international performance group of excellent students from
Monterrey Tech. The group is a mixture of student musicians, singers, dancers and
staff with incredible talent. You can learn more about their show at
We hope you can come see the show!
For the first time on the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus all undergraduate
students will be able to obtain an international studies minor, regardless of their
primary academic major. In times of unprecedented global change, OSU is providing
an educational climate that allows students to incorporate international perspectives
into their curricula. Courses within the minor encourage students to understand
social, political, economic and cultural contrasts throughout the world.
The minor in international studies will encourage students to develop their foreign
language skills by participating in study abroad or service learning experiences
abroad prior to graduating. Furthermore, this will provide formal evidence of international
study on one’s transcript and resume that otherwise may not be evident. The minor
in international studies will also increase demand for OSU’s international-related
courses with a resulting increase in course development and offerings.
Students will structure their minor from three clusters of courses and learning
experiences encompassing International Decision Making (6 credit hours), International
Environment (9 credit hours) and International Experience (3 credit hours). In addition,
each student must complete 10 credit hours of a foreign language or demonstrate
proficiency through examination. International students will be exempt from the
International Experience but the 3-credit hours must be achieved through other course
work on the minor list.
For further information please contact:
Each student must have an international experience. This will typically be in
the form of a Study Abroad program, foreign internship, or Foreign Service Learning
program. Additionally, this requirement can be met through a non-credit international
experience of at least four weeks in length. If any of the above items are for non-credit
activity, the 3 credit hours must be obtained through enrollment in any of the above
approved courses. International students will be exempt from this requirement but
must achieve the 3 credit hours through other options available.
Each student must complete the equivalent of 10 semester hours of a single foreign
language (defined as a language that is not the student’s native language). Students
with established proficiency may be exempted by examination. Information on examinations
may be obtained from the Office of Testing and Evaluation or the Foreign Language
Mike Dicks, professor, agricultural economics and Wes and Lou Watkins Chair of
International Trade and Development, and a group of Oklahoma State University students
went to Sierra Leone, Africa to help improve the life of orphan children, which
is complicated by the conflict that destroyed their nation.
This week on Oklahoma Horizon, this group and their project work in Sierra Leon
will be featured on Oklahoma Horizon. The show airs on OETA Channel 13 (Channel
11 in Tulsa) Sunday at 3 p.m. and on RFD-TV Network Satellite at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.
A complete listing of show times can be found on their website http://www.okhorizon.com/index.htm.
Between 1991 and 2002 civil war distressed the country leaving more than 50,000
people dead and much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed. Today, it’s a land
of peace but the scars of the country’s past still show.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Rami Khouri, an internationally syndicated political columnist,
book author and the first Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy
and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, will speak at Oklahoma
State University’s Global Briefing.
The Global Briefing titled, “When Freedom Rings: Causes and Consequences of the
Arab Revolt,” will take place on October 18, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. in 109 Wes Watkins
Center. The Global Briefing is co-sponsored by OSU’s chapter of the Phi Beta Delta
Honor Society for International Scholars and the International Studies and Outreach
Office, in cooperation with the Religious Studies and Middle East Studies Programs
at the University of Oklahoma.
“The Phi Beta Delta Board is delighted to co-host Mr. Khouri’s visit at OSU,”
said Patricia Rayas-Duarte, Phi Beta Delta president. “It’s a unique opportunity
to hear Mr. Khouri’s perspective on the current situation in the Middle East and
North Africa. We invite the OSU and Stillwater community to attend to his talk.”
Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut,
Amman and Nazareth. He is a research associate at the Program on the Analysis and
Resolution of Conflict at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and a member of
the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He also serves
on the board of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.
He was editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times for seven years and later executive
editor for the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper in 2003-2005. Khouri often shares
his comments on Mideast issues in the international media and lectures frequently
at conferences and universities throughout the world.
He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in October 2006, and in November
2006, he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his
efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East. He holds bachelor’s
and master’s degrees respectively in political science and mass communications,
both from Syracuse University.
The School of International Studies initiated the Global Briefing Series in 2001,
just after 9/11, to educate and inform the public about developing events, both
in the United States and abroad. Visiting scholars, experts and world leaders deliver
briefings to provide a global perspective on current events.
Students from across Oklahoma State University’s campus visited the Noble Research Center to learn more about Study Abroad opportunities. The students had an opportunity to browse tables set up by the Study Abroad Office, College Outreach Programs and outside vendors.
The event was sponsored by the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange Office. This office coordinates a variety of programs, both international and domestic, that assist students in connecting to the world.
More information about studying abroad can be found at
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