Intercultural Studies Course Offerings

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*Courses from other departments are necessary to fulfill the requirements of the Intercultural Studies major.

How is the Intercultural Studies major different from the International Studies major?
Requires 10 less hours, only a shorter summer experience abroad, and more biblical courses that focus on people and proclamation.

The intercultural studies major is for students who plan to be involved in international missions or to work in community development. Their program involves an integration of the theology of missions and cross-cultural skills. 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 intercultural studies requires 42 hours to include: BIB 210, 360, 408, 411, 412, 415, and 445; plus IST 201, 202, 301, 302, 303, 402 and 403."

201 Global Culture - Globalization and Culture (3).
A study of how the diverse cultures in the world affect business and everyday life. Divided into three major sections: 1) the phenomenon of globalization: outsourcing, capitalism's effect on culture, the exporting of American culture; 2) the theory of culture: values, ethics, time orientation, social structure, kinship, economies, and worldview; and 3) the praxis of crossing cultures: verbal and non-verbal cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural negotiation. Not accepted in place of SPA or FRE 101-102 or SPA or FRE 201-202 for international studies majors. (Fall and spring)
202 Humans, Land and Power (3).
Provides a theoretical framework for integrating the various disciplines from which the IST major draws its courses. The five themes are: anthropology, power, production, geography, and gospel proclamation. Emphasis in on writing interdisciplinary research papers related to global issues, so students are prepared for their overseas internships/study abroad (IST 401) and for their integration project (IST 402). Also introduces careers in international studies and the competencies necessary for passing the Foreign Service officer's exam. (Fall)
301 Language Acquisition Skills (3)
Introduces field methods for rapid adult language acquisition, such as "total physical response." This is an applied approach to learning a non-Western language. (Fall, even years)
302 Cultural Anthropology (3)
Introduces theoretical frameworks for describing the world's cultures: roles, gender, production, exchange, kinship, ritual, culture change, worldview and worldview transformation. (Spring, even years)
303 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
Introduction to the basic theoretical frameworks for describing the world's languages: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicography, deixis, pragmatics, and discourse analysis. (Spring, odd years)
401 Semester Abroad (12). Prereq: IST 201, 202, 301 (IST majors only) and 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 Integration Project (3). Prereq: IST 401, 450 or BIB 445
Reflects assimilation of knowledge from semester abroad, Christian worldview, and international studies curricula. (Fall, odd years and spring, odd years)
403 Modern Cross-Cultural Methods (3)
Covers methods for implementing anthropological theory in cross-cultural communication. Includes topics such as contextualization, spiritual warfare, business-as-mission, orality, media, narrative pedagogy, and cross-cultural leadership. Emphasizes practical strategies to bringing peace, proclaiming the gospel, and addressing the world's physical needs in health and development without causing unintended harm such as dependency or consumerism. (Spring, even years)
450 Internship (1-12).
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. (Fall and Spring)