Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that helps prepare students to work with for-profit and non-profit organizations, government agencies, or ministries that have a global footprint. In addition to completing an interdisciplinary core, International Studies majors will select a discipline-specific concentration and satisfy a cross-cultural experience requirement.

Why CBU?

If you are passionate about learning about global issues while strengthening your Christian faith, then you should major in International Studies at CBU. With faculty who are authentic Christians and excellent teachers, this major shines in the area of faith integration and strong student mentoring.

Career Opportunities

  1. Intergovernmental organizations (e.g., United Nations)
  2. Non-governmental organizations (e.g., World Vision)
  3. Multinational corporations
  4. U.S. Department of State (e.g., Foreign Service Officer)
  5. Non-profit organizations

Links

  1. https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx
  2. http://www.compassion.com/employment/default.htm
  3. http://www.state.gov/careers/
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. International studies majors should be able to demonstrate in written form engagement in a personal faith-pilgrimage which enables the integration of faith and reason, the development of value-based character, and a commitment to the service of God and human culture.
    2. International studies majors should be able to demonstrate competency with a modern foreign language.
    3. International studies majors should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of international issues, actors, and trends. 
    4. International studies majors should be able to satisfactorily complete an international experience that includes engaging the most meaningful components of a different culture (e.g., language, religion, and norms).
    5. International studies majors should understand basic research concepts and methodology as they are employed in the analysis of political behavior and policy formation.   

Cross Cultural Experience Requirement

Students may satisfy the Cross Cultural Experience Requirement with a semester long education and/or ministry experience in a foreign country or International Service Projects in two different countries. The chair of the Department of History and Government must approve all cross cultural experiences used by students to meet this requirement.
 

General Education Requirement

Complete the foreign language competency requirement with a modern foreign language.

Traditional Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

ANT225 Cultural Anthropology

A general survey of Cultural Anthropology from a behavioral, cognitive, and material perspective and viewed as a social science, focuses on cultural factors that affect human behavior, including a brief overview of the four major fields of anthropology. Topics include cultural change, language, family, religious practices, economic subsistence patterns, and political power systems. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ANT225-C
Daggett, Martha Irene
09/05/2017 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN
ANT225-B
Melika, Ash
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall 124
ANT225-A
Melika, Ash
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 125
ANT225-B
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/10/2018 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 125
ANT225-C
Goodman, Julie Marcele
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 125
ANT225-A
Melika, Ash
01/10/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 125
ANT225-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 T 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

BUS218 Macroeconomics

This course offers a common sense approach to economics, covering basic economic laws and how they apply to our world and everyday life. The course focuses on the overall economy and economic theories that offer explanations for its fluctuations and changes. Also, the course is designed to give the student a sufficient grounding in the terminology, basic concepts, and issues of economics to stimulate interest in further study and provide background in business. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS218-A
Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R
09/05/2017 Th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUS 204
BUS218-B
Namvar, Bob
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 204
BUS218-A
Namvar, Bob
01/10/2018 Th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUS 202
BUS218-C
Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 202
BUS218-B
Namvar, Bob
01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 202

ICS105 Introduction to Global Studies

This course addresses the basic elements of the Christian faith in the context of participating in God’s global agenda. Topics include Christian worldview, the Kingdom of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, the mission of the Church, and the role of prayer. (3 units; Interdisciplinary, Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ICS105-D
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 103
ICS105-E
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B111
ICS105-F
Rogers, Mark C.
09/05/2017 T 3:45 PM - 6:15 PM BUS 124
ICS105-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
09/05/2017 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 124
ICS105-B
Lewis, Jeff C.
09/05/2017 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 124
ICS105-C
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 252
ICS105-D
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 252
ICS105-B
Rogers, Mark C.
01/10/2018 T 3:45 PM - 6:15 PM BUS 251
ICS105-E
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/10/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B110
ICS105-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 124

POL250 Intro to International Politics

This course begins with an examination of the relevant international relations paradigms and evaluates several foreign policy decision-making models. The course considers important actors within the international system, such as intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and concludes with an examination of contemporary international relations issues, such as interstate war, economic development, human rights, and trade. (3 units; Spring)

POL250-A
McHorney, Chris A.
01/10/2018 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 203

POL255 Intro to Comparative Politics

The course begins with an overview of factors (constitutions, political systems, and political ideology) political scientists use to understand and explain variations in policy outcomes at the national level. The course also examines actors (political parties, interest groups, social movements, and public opinion), processes (elections), and political institutions from a comparative perspective. The course concludes with an overview of the public policy process and examination of specific policy areas. (3 units; Fall)

POL255-A
McHorney, Chris A.
09/05/2017 MWF 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 204

Upper Division Requirements

ANT350 Language and Culture

An examination of the relationship between culture and language including a basic understanding of language, the development of language, linguistic aspects of culture and how the symbiosis of language and culture affect individuals, groups and nations. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)  )щ7]TQ

ANT350-A
Melika, Ash
01/10/2018 W 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM BUS 103

ENG463 Lang Structure and Acquisition

Linguistic theory and method. Includes the study of the five universal elements of language (phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics) as well as the use of language and its variants in culture. Fieldwork required. Prerequisite: ENG 123. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ENG463-B
Jacobs, DawnEllen
09/05/2017 Th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Instructor OFFC
ENG463-A
Liu, Carla
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 251
ENG463-B
Liu, Carla
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 126

HIS325 Non-Western Culture and History

The course consists of a historical survey exploring primarily the cultural and intellectual features of specifically non-Western cultures, with emphasis given to East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East, additionally covering Africa, and the pre-Columbian Americas. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS430 Intercultural Communications

This course will address principles and processes of communication from one culture to another. Attention will be given to different perceptions, ways of thinking, values, verbal and non-verbal expression, and sub-groups within a given culture. Prerequisites: Previous Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies coursework. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS430-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 250
ICS430-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 203

POL395 Political Economy

This course explores the relationship between the economy and politics and provides both a description and assessment of the economy. This entails an overview of economic theory, macroeconomics, savings, investments, microeconomics and markets, inflation, monetary policy, international economics and globalization, and the role of the private sector and government. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

POL395-A
Luther, Timothy C.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B259

POL415 World Geography

This course studies the world's geographic areas and the outstanding human, social, and physical features of realms and regions. In doing so, special attention is given to the more important features of histories, societies, cultures, and religions of the people living in the region. It also examines the relationship between human life and natural environment. The purpose is to help students better understand the world, our relationship with the environment, and human connections around the globe. (This course does not meet the POL general education requirement.) (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

POL415-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex 190
POL415-A
Hinrichs, Troy
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 356

POL437 Globalization

The course provides a critical assessment of political economy with a special emphasis on the increasing pace of globalization. The course begins with an overview of economics, which is the study of how human beings cope with the problem of provisioning themselves. After discussing the relevant economic principles, the course examines the causes and consequences of economic globalization. (3 units; Fall even years)

POL450 Research Methods Political Sci

This course examines the research methods used in Political Science. Topics addressed in the course include the philosophical and theoretical foundations of social science research; ethical issues related to research; research design; descriptive and inferential statistic analysis; survey, qualitative field, unobtrusive, and evaluation research; and qualitative and quantitative data analysis with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Students will obtain the statistical knowledge necessary to read and critique scholarly articles and books. In addition, the course will prepare students to use statistical methods in their own research in graduate school or in their professional careers. (3 units; Fall)

POL450-A
McHorney, Chris A.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 375

POL499 Senior Project

A senior capstone course designed to demonstrate the competence of Political Science majors in the discipline and showcase their research and writing skills. The portfolio produced by the student in completion of this project must conform to the departmental guidelines for Senior Projects. Prerequisite: POL 450 and Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

POL499-A
McHorney, Chris A.
01/10/2018 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B219

Concentration Courses

Students must complete all requirements in one of the following concentrations:

  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Global Ministry

International Business (12 units)

BUS334 International Business

An introduction to international business which will expose students to major international business issues, including international trade, cultures, economics, marketing and communication issues of multinational corporations. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

BUS334-A
Weniger, Marc
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 104
BUS334-C
Weniger, Marc
09/05/2017 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS 250
BUS334-B
Weniger, Marc
09/05/2017 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 250
BUS334-B
Weniger, Marc
01/10/2018 TTh 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 106
BUS334-A
Weniger, Marc
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 106

BUS454 International Management

This course examines the role of the manager in the international management environment and explores the foundation of international management, the role of culture in managing internationally, and international organizational behavior issues with a focus on managing international risk and strategic planning in all areas of management. Prerequisite: BUS 334. (3 units; Spring odd years)

MKT333 Principles of Marketing

A study of the marketing functions, channels of distribution, selling, advertising, distribution, and marketing management for both retail and industrial businesses. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

MKT333-C
O'Neill, Kevin James, II
09/05/2017 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS ONLN
MKT333-B
Ortiz, Madeline H.
09/05/2017 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS ONLN
MKT333-A
Ortiz, Madeline H.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 202
MKT333-B
Weniger, Marc
01/10/2018 TTh 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM BUS 250
MKT333-A
Weniger, Marc
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 106
MKT333-C
Ortiz, Madeline H.
01/10/2018 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS ONLN
MKT333-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 Th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

MKT444 International Marketing

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of the cultural environment of global markets, assessing global market opportunities and developing and implementing international marketing strategies. Prerequisite: MKT333 (3 units; Fall odd years)

MKT444-A
Weniger, Marc
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 104

International Relations (12 units)

POL350 International Relations Theory

This course begins with an in-depth examination of the dominant and alternative theories found within the international relations literature. Having established a solid theoretical foundation, the course will consider important disagreements between the dominant theories (e.g., the structure of the international system) and the corresponding predicted outcomes (e.g., conflict or cooperation within the international system). The course concludes with an examination of several contemporary international relations issues, such as globalization and terrorism. (3 units; Fall even years)

POL439 International Conflict

The course examines many theoretical explanations for international conflict, such as religious differences, groupthink, territorial demands, domestic politics, misperception, shifts in the balance of power, and ideological differences. Following an extensive discussion of these theories, the course analyzes relevant case studies to determine the validity and relevance of the theoretical explanations. The course concludes with an examination of the diplomatic and political options available to states and intergovernmental organizations seeking to reduce the intensity and frequency of wars in the 21st century. (3 units; Fall odd years)

POL439-A
McHorney, Chris A.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center B221

POL444 International Law

This course will examine the development of modern international law. The course will consider the foundations of customary and conventional international laws, as well as treaties that bear upon the conduct of members of the international community. (3 units; Fall odd years)

POL444-A
Hinrichs, Troy
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 125

POL454 International Organizations

The course begins with an examination of the relevant empirical and theoretical studies on International Organizations (IOs), with an emphasis on Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) in the global arena. Having established solid empirical and theoretical foundations, he course will explore the impact of international organization son several issue areas. The second principal portion of the course will utilize the same approach in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). (3 units; Spring even years)

POL454-A
McHorney, Chris A.
01/10/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B251

Global Ministry (12 units)

ICS305 Global Perspectives

A general survey of the redemptive activity of God in the world-past, present, and future. Topics include the biblical basis of God's global activity, historical perspectives, mission strategies, and cultural implications, as well as contemporary missiological issues. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

ICS305-T3
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/10/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 124
ICS305-A
Lewis, Jeff C.
01/10/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 124

ICS375 Current Events and Movements

This course will examine current political, social, economic and human events in select areas of the world. Students will explore the global impact of these events and will address ways in which the Church can provide positive change. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

ICS375-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/05/2017 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 203
ICS375-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/05/2017 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 202
ICS375-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 204
ICS375-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 123

ICS405 Marketplace Strat for Global Adv

This course focuses on the market place as it relates to the advancement of Christ’s kingdom among the nations. Students will be led to think strategically about making disciples while using their interests and gifts within the context of their major. Attention will also be given to the biblical and historical role of the market place in God’s global strategy. Prerequisite: Previous Biblical Studies coursework.(3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall)

ICS405-A
Nsofor, C. Fyne L.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Mission Hall 126

PHI353 Comparative Religions

This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/05/2017 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 203
PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/05/2017 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 203
PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 204
PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 204
PHI353-A
STAFF, STAFF
05/07/2018 W 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS