International Studies Major or Minor

BA Degree - International Studies Major

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Studies is designed to prepare students
(1) for careers in Foreign Service, other government agencies, international organizations, and
(2) for the many opportunities of international dimension in business, medicine, the humanities, the church, etc. It is an interdisciplinary major and is structured to allow the student a broad spectrum of courses with international emphasis, a concentration in one discipline, and a depth of knowledge of one area of the world. Students are encouraged to complete an internship in an area related to International Studies.

In addition to the essential education requirements, the student majoring in International Studies must complete at least 40 semester hours including:

Core Requirements 7 s.h.

Political Science/Economics Options 6 s.h.
Students complete two of the following courses:

Behavioral Options 6 s.h.
Students complete two of the following courses:

Cultural Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval 3 s.h.
  • ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
  • MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
  • THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.

Religion Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • PHIL/RELG3100 World Philosophies and Religion: Great Texts 3 s.h.
  • RELG3200 Religions of the World 3 s.h.

History Options 6 s.h.
Students complete two of the following courses:

  • HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST3110 Gender and Women's History 3 s.h.

Area Studies Requirement 9 s.h.

Students must complete nine semester hours of study pertaining to one country or area of the world, excluding courses chosen above, which corresponds to the area chosen for their Approved Study Abroad experience. Of these nine semester hours, students must participate in an approved study abroad or internship abroad experience at a nationally or internationally accredited institution for a minimum of six semester hours. The intention is that students will complete at least six semester hours of their area studies while completing their study abroad. The student is required to spend at least six weeks in residence in the area of the world chosen for the area studies concentration. International students whose ordinary residence is not the United States and/or whose primary language is not English, who choose the United States for their area concentration, are required to participate in the Internship option in a US location that is outside of a 500-mile radius whose center point is Lamoni, Iowa.

It is recommended that International Studies majors also complete the following courses: Introduction to Statistics, Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Environmental Biology, and at least two semesters of a single foreign language.

 

International Studies Minor

A minor in International Studies consists of 18 semester hours, including the core requirements and one course chosen from each of the four different categories.

Core Requirements 6 s.h.

Political Science/Economics Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

Behavioral Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

Cultural/Religion Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval 3 s.h.
  • ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
  • MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
  • PHIL/RELG3100 World Philosophies and Religion: Great Texts 3 s.h.
  • RELG3200 Religions of the World 3 s.h.
  • THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.

History Options 3 s.h.
Students complete one of the following courses:

  • HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
  • HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilizations II 3 s.h.
  • HIST3110 Gender and Women's History 3 s.h.

Support Courses for International Studies

ARTS2300 Art History Survey: Ancient to Medieval 3 s.h.
Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts from Paleolithic through Gothic periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Focus is on the development and sustaining of cultural identity, preservation and cultivation of sustaining culture through storytelling and the birth of Land Art. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

ARTS2310 Art History Survey: Renaissance to Modern 3 s.h.
Chronological, cultural and historical study of the visual arts, technology and innovations from Renaissance through Modern periods in major Western and non-western civilizations. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - Innovation

BUAD1440 International Business 3 s.h.
An introduction to the study of business administration from the standpoint of the international environment, market forces, cultural influences, and local business practices.

COMM3100 Intercultural Communication (Also INTD3100) 3 s.h.
An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4

COMM3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also SOCI/PEAC3210) 3 s.h.
An examination of conflict theories and approaches, negotiation process, conflict ethics, and third party mediation. In this class, students will become familiar with the causes of conflict as well as ways strategies and tactics used in conflict management. Further, this class will explore the foundational theoretical concepts and models of dialogue in the context of conflict management. Goal 3B

ECON3280 Economic Development (also GEOG3280) 3 s.h.
A survey of various analytic approaches to the problem of economic development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and an examination of their significant policy problems. Goal 4, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

+ ECON3440 International Economics 3 s.h.
Theories of international trade, foreign exchange markets, resource movements and international economic policies. Prerequisite: ECON1300. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

GEOG1200 Introduction to International Studies  (also INTD/POLS1200) 3 s.h.
An overview of the major disciplines represented in the International Studies major. This course will also offer an introduction to contemporary global concerns through a study of current political, economic, and social issues. Discussion of important global issues will lead to a more critical analysis of news and an awareness of the responsibilities of national and international citizenship. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

HIST1310 World Civilizations I 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from earliest times to approximately 1500 A.D., combining broad chronological coverage with intensive concentration on a small number of selected topics. Those social, political, economic and intellectual themes which have a direct bearing upon contemporary culture and society will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

HIST1320 World Civilizations II 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of selected world civilizations from the emergence of Western Europe as a center of world power. The impact of Western civilizations upon the development of other world civilizations and the contemporary emergence of a global perspective will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship

+ HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilization I 3 s.h.
A survey of Middle Eastern civilization from the pre-Islamic Middle East to 1500 with attention to the origins and growth of Islam, the cultural and economic impact of the Islamic empire and the relationship with other regions. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Peace

+ HIST2360 Middle Eastern Civilization II 3 s.h.
A survey of the Middle East from 1500 to the present, beginning with the rise of the Ottoman and Safavid empires. Attention will be given to the growth of European interests in the Middle East and the response to that interest, as well as the making of modern states in the Middle East. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Peace

HIST3110 Gender and Women's History 3 s.h.
A research-based study of how “gendered” persons are related to the history of work, family, politics, education and social behavior in various world cultures throughout history. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an understanding of how gender labels were applied throughout history, how they affected a group’s access to power, and how those applications affected perceptions and societal roles. Goal 1B

+ HIST3460 United States Foreign Relations (Also POLS3460) 3 s.h.
A history of the interaction of the United States with the people and governments of foreign nations from 1898 to the present. Topics include US imperial ambitions, the world wars, the Cold War, and US concerns with foreign nationalist movements. Goal 1B, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship

+ HIST3470 British Foreign Relations (Also POLS3470) 3 s.h.
Survey of Britain’s relations with governments and peoples in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the period 1815-1970. Topics include Britain’s role in shaping the post-Napoleonic order, development of imperial policy in the 19th century, Britain and the pre-World War I alliance system, the policy of appeasement, and the transition to a diminished world role after World War II. Goal 1B

INTD4200 Study Abroad Retrospective 1 s.h.
An evaluation and analysis of intercultural experience and its implications within a framework of current theory, concepts, and methods in the field of intercultural communication. This course is designed to immediately follow the International Studies major's residence abroad and must be successfully completed no later than one year from the student's return from study abroad. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: INTD3100 and Instructor's consent.

MUSC2350 Musics of the World 3 s.h.
Explores the musical history of the planet's diverse human communities. Music is not one universal language but a group of languages that express, shape and record human experience. An intensive study of how music works within the social and cultural context including a specific examination of indigenous music of West Africa, Latin America, China, Indonesia, and Japan. Goal 4, ELO5 Arts - World Citizenship

PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (Also POLS2200) 3 s.h.
Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace

+PEAC3220 Global Peace Issues (Also POLS3220) 3 s.h.
Focuses on the causes and resolution of conflict at the macro level (global violence and international peacemaking). ELO4 Global Learning - Peace

PHIL3100 World Philosophies & Religion: Great Texts (Also RELG3100) 3 s.h.
A reading of great texts in world philosophies and religions; E.g., The Qu'ran (Islam), The Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), The Dhammapada (Buddhism), The Analects of Confucius and Tao Te Ching (Confucianism), the Bible, and other works by important religious/philosophical thinkers, old and new. Goal 3E

PSYC3320 Research Methods One 3 s.h.
Scientific rationale applied to behavioral research with emphasis on experimental design. Students design research, analyze and interpret data, and learn to write in scientific journal style. Prerequisites: MATH1380 and PSYC1300. Goal 1C

PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship

RELG3200 Religions of the World 3 s.h.
An introduction to the thought, practice, and history of the major religions of the world. Goal 4

+ SOCI1350 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.
Survey and analysis of diverse cultural patterns. Goal 4

+ THTR3380 Theatre History II 3 s.h.
Study of the development of theatre, drama, and stagecraft from the 18th century to the present, with readings of representative plays. Prerequisite: THTR3370 Theatre History I, or ENGL1100 Discourse I and consent of instructor. Goal 2A

+Denotes alternate year course.