Catalogue: Traditional Program:
International Studies (IST)
Assistant Professor Nehrbass
The international studies division educates students in a manner to enhance their opportunities for success in global careers. The international studies major provides the student with an interdisciplinary, internationally focused education in language, history, geography, philosophy, Bible, political science, humanities, business, and experiential study abroad. International Studies majors may participate in a specialized track in their chosen vocation, using available elective courses under the direction of the discipline director and the international studies coordinator. As a Christian liberal arts university, Belhaven emphasizes the importance of Christian values and ethics.
In addition to the general education courses required for graduation (approximately 56 hours), the bachelor of arts in international studies requires 45 hours to include: BIB 360 and 408, BUS 420, GEO 301, PHI 210, PSC 212 and 316, SPA 201-202 OR FRE 201-202, and IST 201, 401, and 402. HIS 205 will be required of transfer students but not of first-time entering freshmen. International studies students will have real-world experience through study abroad or an internship, IST 450-451.
|201||Global Culture (3).
Global culture through study of methodology, history, economic, political, social, religious, and intellectual ideas. Not accepted in place of SPA or FRE 101-102 or SPA or FRE 201-202. (Fall and spring)
|401||Semester Abroad (12). Prereq: Junior or senior standing.
Study abroad or international internship during junior or senior year. May include study abroad through council studies (COS) or other accredited academic institution, or semester abroad specific to student’s culture of interest. For international students or those with substantial international experience, a 12-hour cross culturally significant internship in a firm, organization, agency, or institution may be accepted. (Fall and spring)
|402||Special Project (3). Prereq: Senior standing.
Reflects assimilation of knowledge from semester abroad, Christian worldview, and international studies curricula. (Fall and spring)
This course is designed to give the student practical experience in either conducting a specific research project or in a professional position within an approved private firm or public agency. This course is open only to students majoring in international studies. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required and approval by the supervising dean must be obtained, as well as letters of recommendation from two faculty members (one should be the internship supervisor). The course may be graded on a letter bases or on a pass or fail, at the request of the faculty supervisor and the student.