The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BAIS) draws its courses from numerous departments in the College of Arts and Letters and throughout the university. Students can choose courses from a large number of disciplines including history, geography, political science, anthropology, economics, philosophy, languages, communication and women's studies.
A degree program in international studies can lead to a career in international publications, or at agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, or in other government departments and embassies. Additionally, those who have completed a degree program in international studies can embark on careers as diplomats in international visitors councils, or as public affairs coordinators in organizations with international clients. However, the international studies career path is not limited to the work stated above. Additional industries in which graduates of the international studies degree program are qualified to work include agricultural economics, sales, banking and finance, labor relations, travel coordinating, hospitality, journalism, humanitarian services and human resources. Domestic and foreign corporations, international marketing firms, international trade firms, convention and visitors' bureaus, international airlines, and contracting and consulting firms are all places that employ people with an international studies education.
Old Dominion University encourages all students to consider studying abroad for a summer, semester, or full year as part of their academic experience.