Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad for academic credit -- either for a summer, a semester or an academic year.
The Office of Global Engagement provides support and guidance for any students interested in studying abroad. In recent years, International Studies students have participated in overseas programs in Argentina, Australia, China, Englad, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South, Africa, Spain or Sweden.
The study of history is central to a liberal arts education, and provides students with the insights and analytical skills useful to understanding our contemporary world. The history major at Old Dominion University prepares students for careers in government service, law, international trade, education, journalism, and other areas. History majors from ODU have gone on to the Ph.D. in history as well as related fields in the humanities and social sciences. Many of our history majors have become exceptional teachers.
Our goal is to prepare students for today's globalized marketplace with foreign-language abilities and intercultural expertise. Our students acquire excellent written and verbal communication skills in the target language and culture, and in doing so they also gain a better understanding of their own community.