International Studies

The International Studies degree combines study of a language, specialization in an area of the world that corresponds to the chosen language, a concentration in an academic discipline, and coursework in international humanities, culture, and politics or economics.

B.A. 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 general education requirements, the student majoring in International Studies must complete at least 40 semester hours including:

Core Requirements 7 s.h.

  • INTD/GEOG/POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies 3 s.h.
  • INTD/COMM3100 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
  • INTD4200 Study Abroad Retrospective 1 s.h.

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

  • BUAD1440 International Business 3 s.h.
  • ECON/GEOG3280 Economic Development 3 s.h.
  • ECON3440 International Economics 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3460 United States Foreign Relations 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3470 British Foreign Relations 3 s.h.
  • PEAC/POLS2200 Introduction to Peace Studies 3 s.h.
  • PEAC/POLS3220 Global Peace Issues 3 s.h.

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

  • COMM/PEAC/SOCI3210 Conflict Resolution 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3320 Research Design and Experimental Methods 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
  • SOCI1350 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.

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.
  • INTD3300 Language and Culture 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.
  • HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2360 Middle Eastern 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.
  • 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.

  • INTD/GEOG/POLS1200 Introduction to International Studies 3 s.h.
  • COMM/INTD3100 Intercultural Communications 3 s.h.

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

  • BUAD1440 International Business 3 s.h.
  • ECON/GEOG3280 Economic Development 3 s.h.
  • ECON3440 International Economics 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3460 United States Foreign Relations 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3470 British Foreign Relations 3 s.h.
  • PEAC/POLS2200 Introduction to Peace Studies 3 s.h.
  • PEAC/POLS3220 Global Peace Issues 3 s.h.

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

  • COMM/PEAC/SOCI3210 Conflict Resolution 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3320 Research Design and Experimental Methods 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
  • SOCI1350 Cultural Anthropology 3 s.h.

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.
  • INTD3300 Language and Culture 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.
  • HIST2340 Middle Eastern Civilizations I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2360 Middle Eastern 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.
  • HIST3110 Gender and Women's History 3 s.h.