Bachelors (BA) in International Studies

International studies is an interdisciplinary major that offers a 38- to 40-semester-hour course of study, designed to prepare students for work in such fields as foreign missions, international commerce, economic development and government service. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in international relations and diplomacy, missiology and area studies. The major includes a strong international fieldwork emphasis. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in international studies will:

  • Understand and explain the complexity of international affairs
  • Communicate about global issues with Christian insight and wisdom
  • Demonstrate preparedness to work, serve and live skillfully and act sensitively in domestic multicultural and international environments
  • Act as people of influence in global spheres

Major Requirements

INTL 230 Introduction to International Relations 3
INTL 310 Cultural Anthropology 3
INTL 440 World Religions 3
INTL 475 Culture-Oriented Fieldwork 8
INTL 490 International Studies Senior Seminar 3

The second year of a modern foreign language

6-8

Students must take one of the following courses:
 
INTL 330 Introduction to the World Christian Movement 3
RELI 360 Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach 3

Students must choose one of the following courses:
 
ECON 370 Global Political Economy 3
INTL 461 International Trade 3
INTL 462 International Finance 3

Students must choose 2 additional courses from the following:
 
COMM 300 Communication Theory and Research 3
COMM 340 General and Cultural Linguistics 3
COMM 350 Introduction to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) 3
ECON 370 Global Political Economy 3
INTL 461 International Trade 3
INTL 462 International Finance 3
FREN 495 Special Study (French) 1-4
HIST 250 Latin America 3
HIST 331 England to 1688 3
HIST 332 England Since 1688 3
HIST 340 History of the Middle East 3
HIST 343 History of Southern Africa 3
HIST 360 Modern Russia 3
HIST 370 Modern China and Japan 3
HIST 421 Europe from the Age of Enlightenment to 1890 3
HIST 422 Europe 1890-Present 3
INTL 303 International Conflict and Peace 3
LITR 236 Ancient World Literature 3
LITR 237 World Literature, Medieval to Modern 3
LITR 238 Contemporary World Literature 3
RELI 360 Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach 3
RELI 460 Issues in Contemporary Missions 3
SOCI 380 Race, Ethnicity, and Class 3
SPAN 495 Special Study (Spanish) 1-4

Supporting Minors for International Studies

International studies is an interdisciplinary major designed for students with an interest in international vocations. Students taking this major as preparation for foreign missionary service or graduate studies in missions and intercultural concerns are encouraged to take a minor in the Religious Studies Department (in biblical studies, missions, or religion). Students with interest in diplomacy or politics are encouraged to consider a minor in political science or peace studies. Those wishing to prepare for work in relief and development should consider a minor in management or economics.

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