Catalogue: Traditional Program: International Studies

International Studies (IST)

International Studies:
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, the bachelor of arts in international studies requires 57 hours to include:  BIB 210, 360 and 408; BUS 420; 12 hours of a foreign language (either SPA 101-102 and 201-202 or FRE 101-102 and 201-202); IST 201, 202, 401 or 450, and 402; ELT 304; and either IST 302 (Cultural Anthropology) or ELT 303 (Intro to Linguistics); plus two of the following Political Science courses: PSC 212, 311, 316 or 319.  HIS 205 will be required of transfer students, but not of first-time entering freshman.

*For ELT courses, see the English Language Teaching course descriptions.

Intercultural Studies:
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, 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, 302, 303, 402, 403, and ELT 303, and 304.

*For ELT courses, see the English Language Teaching course descriptions.

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 Introduction to Global Studies (3). (Formerly Humans, Land and Power)
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)
300 Intercultural Communication (3).
Explores the theoretical and practical dimensions of cross-cultural communication that occurs both internationally and domestically.  This course will focus on the principles of communication, including perceptions, worldviews, identity, conflict, and verbal and nonverbal language expression, for effective engagement in another culture. (Spring only)
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)
305 Current Global Trends (3).
Focuses on relevant world news and current global trends such as globalization, urbanization, cultural intelligence (CQ), and kingdom professionals engaged in the global workforce. (Fall only)
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)
444 Cross-Cultural Immersion Theory (1).
Addresses the theoretical components of cross-cultural immersion experiences including culture shock, health concerns, safety issues, spiritual climate, and team dynamics.  It also speaks to logistics in obtaining passports, visas, immunizations, and financial support.  This course specifically prepares students for their global practicum. (Spring only)
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)
456 Global Service-Learning Practicum (2).
Provides a unique experiential learning opportunity to practice skills learned in the minor while simultaneously serving a community - ideally through the means of one's academic discipline.  The hands-on service-learning component is experienced in a cross-cultural context, usually an international setting. (Summer – online only)