IOU Foundation: Areas of Study through Distributed Education

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As a specialty university with a highly defined niche in the world, the Intercultural Open University Foundation (IOUF) has the privilege of meeting some of the most impressive people on our planet. Our learners, for example are folks who are both highly intelligent and also very aware of the social implications of their studies.

They believe they have an obligation to share knowledge with integrity as they work to uplift the communities in which they serve. And they place a high value on collaboration.

In their scholarship with IOUF, our learners generally focus on one of the following areas of study:

  • Anthropology
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Developmental Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Sciences (with possibilities in Alternative Medicine and Oriental Medicine)
  • History
  • International Business Management
  • Literature
  • Oriental Medicine
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy (Eastern and Western, Ancient or Contemporary)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion (with emphasis on comparative religious studies)
  • Social Change
  • Social Sciences and
  • Symbolic Studies (Analysis of Art and Myth)

IOU Foundation is open to well-formulated plans in almost any discipline, however, and each learner works with their faculty mentor to create an individualized curriculum and study program. They learn at their own pace and complete their degree program in a way that allows them to continue their existing commitments to their work and families. All aspects of the program are conducted online and IOU Foundation is pleased to be recognized as a leader in the field of e-learning.

Because the IOU Foundation PhD degree programs are customized for each learner in our program, our candidates assume a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. This is perhaps an unconventional way of proceeding, but it also means our learners can choose a field of study that would not be available otherwise, either because other universities lack that degree of flexibility or because they require a learner’s physical presence on a campus which is too far away. Our program also allows for inter-disciplinary degrees, such as the combination of Anthropology and Sociology, Education and Psychology, or Political Science and Peace Studies.

A Masters degree from an accredited institution of higher learning is required before learners can start their PhD program at IOU Foundation, and applicants should also have background skills that are appropriate for the degree plan they expect to follow. Once graduate transcripts are received, the enrollment process can begin.

If you feel an IOU Foundation PhD degree might be beneficial for you and the work you are doing, we urge you to contact us today to see how we can help you realize your vision for a better world. And if you have questions or comments, please let us know – we’re here to help!


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