International Studies

Major

If you’re interested in the workings of the world and curious about how events in one place impact other places, consider an international studies major.

In this program, you will . . .

  • Build foundational knowledge of geography, history, and world politics to inform your ongoing studies
  • Spend a semester studying in an international setting
  • Complete a practicum that puts what you’ve learned into action
  • Write an original thesis that connects your international study and practicum experiences with what you’ve learned in class and real-world issues

Every international studies student chooses one of the following concentrations:

  • African, Asian, and Latin American Studies: Study the history and geography of two or more regions, while gaining an understanding of the larger global context through courses on world history and the modern Middle East.
  • Cross-Cultural Ministries: Prepare for a future in international missions with courses in intercultural communication, anthropology, world religions, foundations of ministry, preparation and strategy for Christian world mission, and inductive study of the Bible.
  • East Asia Studies: Study the history, religions, and cultures of East Asia and develop a deeper appreciation for Asian art and music, while taking Chinese or Korean language courses. Students in this concentration must study abroad in China, Japan, or Korea.
  • European Studies: Learn the religious, intellectual, and political backstories of modern-day Europe through courses on religious history, reformation and enlightenment, history of England, Russian civilization, world history since 1946, and modern Europe.
  • Middle East Studies: Study the modern Middle East on campus and complete the rest of your concentration requirements by studying abroad at Jerusalem University College or in the Middle East Studies Program.
  • Spanish Language and Literature: Combine your interest in the world with an advanced understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language through courses on Spanish culture, civilization, the art of writing in Spanish, contemporary Spanish American literature, Spanish phonology, Spanish literature from 1700 to present. Students in this concentration have opportunities to study abroad in the Latin American Studies Program or Semester in Spain program.
  • Peace, Reconciliation & Justice: Study the psychology, history, and carrying out of peace, reconciliation, and justice through a variety of courses on the modern civil rights movement, African-American history, world religions, ethnic and minority issues, and the modern Middle East.
  • World Literature: Gain a broader view of the written word by stepping out of the English literature niche and into world literature, through courses including critical approaches to literature, literary London (J-term), drama, the novel, literatures of cultural diversity, and contemporary literature. Students in this concentration have the opportunity to study abroad in the Oxford Studies program.
  • World Politics and Economics: Develop your understanding of the political and business spheres of the world, and how those spheres overlap, through courses on economic development, international economics, microfinance, micro-entrepreneurship, foreign policy, and =international security.

Outside of your concentration, you will take electives that develop your understanding across disciplines, from philosophy and religion, business and economics, to art, culture, and politics.

The Bachelor of Arts option requires two years of a foreign language. The Bachelor of Science option adds the systems curriculum to the existing international studies requirements.