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The International Studies (IS) program at WVSU, coordinated by the Office of International Affairs (OIA), places its focus on curriculum and serves as a starting point for information regarding international affairs at WVSU.

Introduction
The OIA was established in the Fall of 1998, thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Education's Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program. It seeks to expand its mission of increasing and promoting global awareness at the WVSU campus to serving as a resource for the greater community.
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Course Descriptions


INTS 210 Introduction to International Studies (3 credit hours)
The course draws from history, anthropology, political science, sociology, and literature.  It focuses on ways of looking at the world, an investigation of issues that arise as we try to study the world from an international perspective.  It is largely a course on who we are as individuals: how we fit into the "global society" as individuals, institutions, groups of peoples, communities, networks and nations; what are our most important concerns; and who defines and controls all of this.

INTS 250 Diversity in Africana Studies (3 credit hours)
This course explores the lived experiences of groups connected to the African diaspora in a complex changing world.  It examines how the African presence has impacted life, culture and history in our multicultural world.  While the course focuses on persons of African descent in the Americas and other parts of the world, it provides some discussion of various groups of non-African descent and how they have had to come to terms with their presence.  This course examines historical and contemporary issues.  (May substitute for GED 200).
 

INTS 399 Special Topics in International Studies (3 credit hours)
Whether as a special topic course on campus, a study abroad experience, or an independent study, this course will use readings, lectures, group activities, travel, and hands-on experiences that will move the student along a journey that views subject matter from a global perspective. Thus stated, the course seeks to enable a student to develop a better understanding of various areas of study, e.g. culture, identity, language, economics, communication, as seen through a global prism.
 

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The Bachelor of Arts in International Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to prepare students for the multicultural global village in which we live. In a modern world of increasing interdependence and rapid change, the need is critical. Knowledge of the world broadens the mind, challenges prior biases and limitations, and fosters an appreciation of diverse societies and cultures.
 
The interdisciplinary degree consists of five concentration areas: Africana Studies; Communication; International Business; International Relations; and Foreign Language. Students in each concentration will follow General Education (51-53 hrs) and Core Requirements (36 hrs) and will be required to participate in a Study Abroad  experience.
 
Students who fulfill the requirements of the International Relations, International Business, or Africana Studies concentration areas will also
earn a minor in either Spanish or French, as these concentrations require a minimum 15 credit hours of one of the two aforementioned languages. Students in the Foreign Language concentration will be required to take additional classes in one of the following areas. This will result in a minor in one of the selected areas:
 
Accounting               18 hrs
Finance                    18 hrs
Management            18 hrs
Marketing                 15 hrs
Political Science       15 hrs

Graduates of the International Studies program will be able to:
  • Demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to the traditions, values, aspirations and concerns of people throughout the world.
  • Demonstrate competency in a world language (Spanish or French) that will broaden communication capabilities and offer insight into other cultures attainable only through the study of a language.
  • Provide a foundation for careers in government, non-governmental organizations, and businesses with international interests and programs.
 
The demand for the skills acquired in an International Studies degree is increasing in the private sector and  in government. Job opportunities include international, government and non-government organizations, foreign trade, diplomacy, international law, marketing, foreign affairs, defense, intelligence, foreign aid, humanitarian services, politics, education, language services and journalism.
 

BACHELOR OF ARTS

IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
120 hours required for graduation in all concentrations.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION 35-41 HOURS MAJOR Varies according to Concentration

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION (SELECT ONE)

Option A – Foreign Language (See College of Arts
& Humanities)
Spanish or French: (Spanish) SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202,
305, 306, 307, 311, 312, 401, 402. Optional: SPAN 303,
399. (French) FREN 101, 102, 201, 202, 305, 306, 307,
311, 312, 401, 402. Optional: FREN 399.
 
Option B—International Business
BA 209, 215, 216, 301, 305, 310, 313, 416, 465; ECON
201, 202, 410
 
Option C – International Relations
Required: POSC 100, 101, 210. Select 24 hours from
the following: CJ 370; HIST 403, 404, 421, 444,  FREN
205; MS 399; POSC 302, 304, 311, 399, 402, 410, 415;
PSY 200; SOC 270, 305; SOCW 207; SPAN 205;.
 
Option D – Africana Studies
Required: BSS 101; HIST 311, 444: INTS 250; SOC
270, 311, 312, 420. Select 18 hours from the following
(2 courses must be 300-400 level): ART 202; BA 115,
416,425, 460, 465; ECON 201/301, 202/302, 310, 330,
404, 406, 410,; ENGL 337, 338, 339, 340; GEOG 201,
306; HIST 301, 312, 313, 316, 317, 318, 403/404,
POSC 210, 302, 401/402, 410, 420; SOC 201, 208, 212,
305, 406; SWK 200, and 205.
 
Option E – Communications  (See College of Arts and Humanities) 
Required: Comm 101; Comm 162; Comm 205; Comm 241, Comm 261; Comm 307; Comm 400; Comm 446;
Select 12 hours from the following (One must be an Advanced level course 341, 360, 362, 405, or 470.  All prerequisites must be met);  Comm 170; Comm 240; Comm 285; Comm 305; Comm 341; Comm 343;Comm 345; Comm 360; Comm 362; Comm 382; Comm 299 or 399; Comm 405; Comm 470
 
 
COGNATES – 21 HOURS
All concentrations: INTS 210 and SPAN/FREN-201, 202, and 1 class at 300/400 level
 
All concentrations select 9 hours from the following: ART 202; ENGL 350 or 351; FREN 205; GEOG 201;
HIST 403, 404; HHP 310; PHIL 210, 304, 308; POSC
302 SOC 270, 305, SOCW 202; SPAN 205; SPAN/FREN 300-400; International Experience Abroad
 

MINORS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

(These minors are designed for non-business majors.)
 
MINOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION— ACCOUNTING—18 HOURS
BA 210, 215, 216, 308, 314, 315
 
 
MINOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION—FINANCE—18 HOURS
BA 209, 210, 215, 216, 313, 414
 
  
MINOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION—
MANAGEMENT18 HOURS
BA 210, 215, 301, 305, 310, 320

 
 MINOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION— MARKETING15 HOURS
BA 210, 301, 305, 335, 405
 
Note: Some of these courses require MATH 120, ECON 201, and ECON 202 as prerequisites
 
MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE—15 CREDIT HOURS
POSC 100; 101; 204 or 210; and six hours from any 300- or 400-level political science course.
 
 
 MINOR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES—18 HOURS
 
Core Courses: INTS 210 Introduction to International Studies; three credit hours in a language at the 300 level, or foreign language proficiency as tested by the Modern Foreign Language Department. Electives: nine credit hours from the following list of courses approved for the minor (this list may be expanded):
 
ART 202, 317, 320, 350; BA 460; COMM 446; ECON
310, 406, 410; ENGL 340, 350, 351, 440; FREN 205, 443,
444-26; HIST 421, 304, 444; PHIL 308; POSC 210,
302, 304, 410, 415; SOC 305, 445; SPAN 205
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowInternational Partnerships

The Office of International Studies has had several international partnerships over the years. These partnerships include:

  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa
  • University of Benin, Benin, West Africa
  • Univeridad Chapingo, Mexico
  • Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Queretaro, Mexico
  • University of Exeter, England
  • The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
  • Universidad Cesar Vallejo, Peru
  • Universidad Autonoma del Caribe, Colombia
  • Universite Laval, Canada
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About the University

For more than 100 years, students, staff, and faculty from around the world have found their way to West Virginia State University, recognized as the most culturally and racially diverse institution of higher education in West Virginia.

West Virginia State University, located in Institute, a suburb of Charleston, the State capital, is the largest institution of higher education in the Kanawha Valley, and serves as a major resource center for this metropolitan area. The University provides a large spectrum of undergraduate degree programs, both baccalaureate and associate.

Founded in 1891 as a Land-Grant institute, West Virginia State University attained national prominence as an institution for higher education for blacks and continues to serve as a center of black culture in the state of West Virginia. Voluntary desegregation in 1954 created a distinctive "living laboratory of human relations," attracting a racially and culturally diverse student body, faculty, and staff. The University cherishes its unique history and its reputation for safeguarding academic freedom, for being innovative in its scholastic programs, for removing barriers to education, and providing leadership for women, minorities, and the handicapped. As the University has grown and evolved, to an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, it has retained a degree of diversity unique among other West Virginia colleges and universities.

West Virginia State University has a proud history of educating international students and has alumni living in such countries as Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Trinidad, Jamaica, Gambia, Senegal, Spain, Virgin Islands, Czechoslovakia, Singapore, Barbados, Canada, Ecuador, Kenya, Korea, Germany, Liberia, Nigeria, China, Turkey, South Africa, Israel, India, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Admission of International First-Time Freshmen or Transfer Students

1. Application for Admission

2. Official transcript(s) (original or “Certified True Copies”) of all academic records submitted directly to the Office of Admissions from all schools previously attended.  All foreign documents must be accompanied with an English translation by an approved foreign credential evaluation service. If a national examination is required upon the completion of schooling in the country of origin, official results of the examination must be submitted to WVSU.  (Students from countries with a General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination system must receive a grade of six or higher in at least five academic subjects, one of which must be English).

3.  Standardized Tests
All students for whom English is not their native language must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS  Exam. On the TOEFL, a minimum of score 500 (paper-based exam), 173 (computer-based), or a 61 (Internet-based) is required. On the IELTS, a minimum score of a 7 is required. These students may choose to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Students for whom English is their first language must take and submit the SAT or ACT. A student who is unable to take the ACT examination before arriving to WVSU must do so at the first available testing date or the registration will be voided.
      
4. Immunization Records
 
If admitted, the following documentation is required:

1.  Financial Affidavit

As an international student coming to the United States, you will need to secure an F-1 student visa. The F-1 student visa permits an individual to  enter the United States for full-time study at an authorized institution in the United States. To obtain F-1 status, it is necessary to submit the       following forms:
•  Affidavit of Support with required documentation
• Application for Form I-20
 
**International students transferring to West Virginia State University from another United States college must apply for immigration approval (Form I-538) and the F-1 Transfer Clearance Form prior to making the transfer.**

Financial Information for International Students

A student who is a non-U.S. citizen might qualify for need-based student financial aid programs under the following conditions: 
• The student is a U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island). 
• The student is a U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551 or I-551C). 
• The student is an eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) showing one or more of the following designations:
               • Refugee
               • Asylum Granted
               • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
               • Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
               • Victims of Human Trafficking T-visa (T-2, T-3, T-4, etc.) Holder
               • Parolee (The student must be paroled into the United States for at least one year and must be able to provide evidence from the Dept. of Homeland Security/USCIS that he or she in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and intends to become a citizen or permanent resident.)

Eligibility notes: 

          1. If you have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you are not eligible for federal student aid.
          2. If you are in the United States on certain visas, including an F1 or F2 student visa or a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, you are not eligible 
              for federal student aid.
          3. Persons with G-series visas (pertaining to international organizations) are not eligible. For more information about other types of visas that
              are not acceptable, check with your school's financial aid office.
          4. Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are eligible only for
              Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs) and Federal Work-Study; contact the Office of
              Financial Aid for more information.
          5. An Authorization for Parole document alone is not sufficient for financial aid.
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6 Credit Hours
An Exploration of the Cultural Identity and French Language in Quebec
June 27--July 22, 2016
The 4-week program in Montréal includes:
 
Three-week French immersion program at the Université du Quebec à Montréal

Various excursions in the Montreal area
Lodging in the heart of downtown Montreal; use of the university gym, weight room, pool, indoor track, etc.
6 credit hours issued by West Virginia State University
Airport transfers

Costs: $2,650      *Price does not include airfare, meals (students will have a kitchen and fridge for cooking), optional excursions outside of Montreal, and incidentals
 
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West Virginia Development Office
http://www.wvdo.org/international/index.html

Study West Virginia
http://studywv.org/

West Virginia World Trade Consortium
http://www.worldtradewv.com/


 
image-up-arrowimage-down-arrowVisiting Scholars

West Virginia State University encourages scholars from all over the world to pursue academic research projects (1-2 semesters) as a visiting scholar to the WVSU campus. Visiting scholars may receive an appointment and title of Research Associate in a particular field. Prerequisites are a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, and in some cases Ph.D. candidates currently engaged in dissertation research.
 

For more than 100 years, students, staff, and faculty from around the world have found their way to West Virginia State University, recognized as the most culturally and racially diverse institution of higher education in West Virginia. West Virginia State University, located in Institute, a suburb of Charleston, the State capital, is the largest institution of higher education in the Kanawha Valley, and serves as a major resource center for this metropolitan area. The University provides a large spectrum of undergraduate degree programs, both baccalaureate and associate.
 

Founded in 1891 as a Land-Grant institution, West Virginia State University attained national prominence as an institution for higher education for blacks and continues to serve as a center of black culture in the state of West Virginia. Voluntary desegregation in 1954 created a distinctive "living laboratory of human relations," attracting a racially and culturally diverse student body, faculty, and staff. The University cherishes its unique history and its reputation for safeguarding academic freedom, for being innovative in its scholarly programs, for removing barriers to education, and providing leadership for women, minorities, and the handicapped. As the university has grown and evolved, to an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students, it has retained a degree of diversity unique among other West Virginia colleges & universities.

Passport & Visa

A J-1 visa is issued to scholars according to a request submitted by their sponsoring agencies or institutions for special program work. The J-1 visa is managed under the auspices of the United States Department of State.
 

To qualify for a J -1 visa, you must be "sponsored," in other words funded by one or several of the following: your home University, WVSU, a government, an agency, a foundation, an employer, or an international organization authorized to conduct an exchange visitor program. Research scholars may use personal funds but still must be sponsored by an academic department of WVSU. If you qualify for a J-1 visa, your spouse and dependents will be given a J-2 visa. Spouses in J-2 status may apply to the Immigration and Naturalization Service for permission to work after their arrival in the U.S. Do not plan on income from spouse employment, however, since employment authorization is not guaranteed and jobs are sometimes difficult to acquire.

Health Insurance

All J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents are required to have health insurance. It is ill-advised to be in the United States without adequate health insurance. Although in many countries the government bears the expense of health care for its citizens, and sometimes even for visitors, individuals and families in the United States are responsible for these costs themselves. Since a single day of hospitalization and medical treatment can cost thousands of dollars, many hospitals and doctors refuse to treat uninsured patients except in life threatening emergencies. Insurance gives you access to better and more timely health care, and provides the only protection against the enormous costs of health care in this country.

Compensation

Visiting Scholars will be responsible for their own source of funds.

On Campus Housing

West Virginia State University will provide, at a reasonable price, a studio apartment with private kitchen and bathroom facilities on campus suitable for a single person. Although Visiting Scholars will be responsible for their meals, they will have access to the University cafeteria at the subsidized faculty/staff price.

 

Library & Research Facilities

In addition to having a computer and office, visiting scholars will have full access to the WVSU Drain-Jordan library. There are more than 200,000 books and 900 current periodical subscriptions available in the Drain-Jordan Library. More than 9,000 bound periodical volumes and 200,000 items are available in microfilm and fiche. An Instructional Materials Production Center and Archives Department are located in the building.
 

The Drain-Jordan Library has been a selective depository for United States public documents since 1907. Special archive collections include US Government Documents, Regional and Local History, African-American History in Appalachia (noted African-Americans, John W. Davis and John Frederick Matheus), and the forthcoming Republic of Benin, West Africa special collection (Summer 2002).

Transportation

A bus line links the WVSU campus with the downtown and greater Charleston area and major shopping centers.
 

Charleston is linked by major interstate highways and has bus and train service for travel within state and nationally. Contact Greyhound Bus (1-800-231-2222) and Amtrak (1-800-872-7245).
 

Yeager Airport, located 5 minutes from downtown Charleston, offers direct flights to over a dozen cities and connections to all parts of the world.

ESL Program

The WVSU ESL program will be available as of the summer 2015.

Activities at WVSU

In addition to his/her own research, Visiting Scholars may also be invited from time to time to take part in academic activity at the WVSU campus, and to lead or participate in lectures in the greater community. The Faculty Lecture Series, held weekly on the WVSU campus offers a general forum for discussion. Lecture topics cover a wide range of interest for presentation and discussion. Visiting Scholars may also be asked periodically to visit classes according to the needs of WVSU professors.

Community Groups

The Friendship Force International, founded in 1977 by a WVSU alumnus, is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The organization sponsors homestays for groups of members to and from many countries around the world. Members of the Charleston Friendship Force chapter could be contacted for information about the area. Local number: 1-304-344-4069, Atlanta number: 1-800-554-6715.
 

Partners of the Americas is another international organization with a particular interest in links between the United States and South America. The West Virginia chapter has a sister State in Espirito Santo, Brazil. See www.partners.net. Local numbers: 1-304-346-1172 or 1-304-357-4745.
 

The International Club of Charleston is a local organization whose members could also be contacted for information. Local numbers: 1-304-344-4069 and 1-304-346-2123.

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International Student


Dr. James Natsis, Ph.D.

Director of International Studies
302 Hill Hall
natsisja@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304) 766-4249
 
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