International Studies, B.A.

CBU's international studies major allows students to learn about global issues while strengthening their Christian faith.

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Program Intro

In an increasingly globalized economy, CBU's bachelor's in international studies is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students to work with for-profit and nonprofit organizations as well as government agencies or ministries that have a global footprint. 

63 Units

*51-63 Units

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3 Concentrations
17 Required Major Courses

Why Study International Studies at CBU?

Study across disciplines

The international studies major is truly interdisciplinary, with almost half of the required courses offered by academic units other than the Department of History and Government, including such fields as anthropology, business, marketing, English and intercultural studies. This balanced approach enhances students’ overall understanding of world events and problems.

Get immersed in another culture

All international studies majors must satisfy the cross-cultural experience requirement by living in a foreign country for a time period that is sufficiently long enough to experience the culture (e.g., food, religion and language).

What You'll Learn

Students in the international studies program will learn to:

Program Details

POL 250: Introduction to International Politics

This course begins with an examination of the relevant international relations paradigms and evaluates several foreign policy decision-making models.

ICS 430: Intercultural Communication and Practice

This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another.

POL 437: Globalization

The course provides a critical assessment of political economy with a special emphasis on the increasing pace of globalization.

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  • International Business Concentration
  • International Relations Concentration
  • Global Ministry Concentration
  • Modern Languages Concentration (Optional, Additional)

Chris McHorney, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 951-343-4757
Office Location: The Point 225

Jilliana O'Neill

I was born outside of the United States and adopted through an international adoption agency. Because of that, from a young age I knew I wanted to help others. I looked into the international studies program and saw that it would give me the tools to be able to pursue that dream. My major has taught me to think on a global level and has given the groundwork to be successful on the international stage. In this major we are encouraged to think globally and to not be afraid of new and possibly uncomfortable ideas.

Jilliana O'Neill '19

Dunelle Longoria

I want to take any knowledge I learn to help improve underdeveloped countries. My professors have a lot of experience and the stories they tell are very encouraging.

Dunelle Longoria '20

Jesse Chen

I chose my major because I want to work overseas and do developmental work for the poor.

Jesse Chen '18

Career Possibilities

International studies majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers.

  • Educator
  • College Professor
  • NGO Staff Member
  • Foreign Policy Advisor
  • Foreign Relations Specialist
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • International Businessperson
  • Non-Profit Organization Staff Member

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