The Global Option in Public Affairs (GO-PA) is a new curriculum enhancement program through which public affairs students may acquire documented international expertise integrated into the Glenn College curriculum without adding time to graduation.

Participants of the Global Option in Public Affairs certification are required to complete five components during their studies at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The curriculum is designed to enhance their global competencies and knowledge, which will enable them to be more competitive in the global world of public affairs. Upon graduation, students who have successfully completed the requirements will receive documentation of completion and designation on their transcript as Global Option in Public Affairs.

Should you have questions on the Global Option in Public Affairs program, please contact Chris Adams at

How to Apply to the Global Option in Public Affairs

You must fulfill the following criteria to apply to the Global Option in Public Affairs Program.

  • Be fully admitted as an undergraduate public affairs major.
  • Have a 3.0 or above GPA.
  • Plan to participate in global programs and global courses.

If you fulfill the above criteria, meet with your academic advisor to plan for the Global Option in Public Affairs and complete the application.

To receive the Global Option in Public Affairs designation, students will complete requirements the following items:
  • A. Global Academic Exposure
  • B. Global Experiential Exposure
  • C. Language Exposure
  • D. Global Competency Evaluation

A. Global Academic Exposure

To complete the Global Academic Exposure component, you must take a total of six credits of advanced business courses from the list below. Courses must be completed with a “C” or above grade to fulfill the requirement. Public Affairs core courses may not be used to fulfill the Global Option requirements. Up to three credits are allowed to overlap with specialization courses. Global Program Related Courses
  • Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (PUBAFRS 5600)
  • Innovation, Policy, and the Global Economy (PUBAFRS 5610)
  • Rebuilding Failed and Weak States (PUBAFRS 5700)
  • Special Topics in Public Affairs (PUBAFTS 4194/5800) – If course has an international/global focus, with advisor approval
  • Public Affairs/AED Econ 4535 International Economic Development
  • Other courses (from Glenn College or other departments) that contain international/global material, with advisor approval

B. Global Experiential Exposure

To complete the Global Experiential Exposure component, you must complete one experience from the list below. Your experience must be approved in advance by your advisor.
  • Academic Study Abroad Experience
    • You can fulfill this item by participating in a program listed on OSU's Office of International Affairs (OIA) Study Abroad Search engine. Your study abroad experience must be approved by your advisor in advance. For more information about study abroad at Ohio State, please visit the Office of International Affairs.
  • Completion of an approved internationally focused internship, either through the Washington Academic Internship Program (PUBAFRS 4191.02) or another approved global internship (PUBAFRS 4191.01).

C. Language Exposure

Skills in a language, other than English or a native language, as demonstrated by a minimum of one foreign language class beyond the required general education minimum (1103) in one of the following languages: Arabic, Aymara, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, Yoruba, or Zulu.

D. Global Competency Evaluation

Completion of a senior capstone paper (PUBAFRS 4011 or 4021) or senior thesis (PUBAFRS 4999/4999H) focusing on an international or global policy issue. Your topic must be approved in advance by your advisor

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