International Studies Program

   

Contact Information
Harland Rall, Advisor
ACU Box 28275
Abilene, Texas 79699-8275
Administration Building, Room 134B


Phone: 325-674-2384
Fax: 325-674-6703
Email: rallh@acu.edu

 

 

Course Descriptions
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the International Studies program include those with the following designation: INTS.

 

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International Studies (BA)

International Studies (U.S. Track for
        Non-U.S. Students) (BA)

International Studies Certificate Program



 

International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies, international studies with a separate track for non-U.S. students who wish to focus on the United States, and a Certificate in International Studies for interested students with related majors.

Introduction

In the 21st century with its “global village” interdependency among nations, students with a variety of career goals may wish to major in international studies or at least to complete the requirements for the certificate program.

Monolingualism and cultural isolation in the United States have had a negative effect on our national economy and our influence in world affairs. Therefore, students are required to include a Study Abroad experience, such as one of ACU’s programs, in their degree plan.

Today various career opportunities at home and abroad await graduates with a global world view who can demonstrate competence in performing tasks in a cross-cultural context:

  • Business. Multinational companies abound in the U.S. and abroad. Many hire graduates with an international studies background in order to train them in their specific jobassignment for future transfer abroad. The expanding world market and the shrinking national market suggest, as a minimum, the certificate program.
  • Civil Service. A variety of federal and state government agencies regularly hire individuals with international training for assignments in the U.S. and abroad. The State Department, the Diplomatic Corps and the U.S. Agency of International Development are a few examples. Other private agencies, some of a religious nature, seek graduates in the area of international studies. Furthermore, politicians of the future will face an ever-increasing need to handle international crises with sensitivity and depth of understanding.
  • International Organizations. A number of international organizations regularly hire innovative people who are capable of functioning in international affairs. The following are a few examples: the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Peace Corps and the Red Cross.
  • Law. Attorneys hired by a company that secures contracts abroad will need an international studies background. International law is virtually a field of its own.
  • Media. Journalism, radio and television, the film industry, and publishing are areas that have openings for foreign assignments. Today’s global network of communication systems, which are facilitated by satellites, require some expertise in international studies.
  • Travel and Tourism. This is a growing industry in the United States. A background in international studies would certainly improve one’s chances for success.

Admission Requirements
Before being admitted to a program, a student must satisfy the requirements listed in the ACT/SAT Placement Information section of this catalog.

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   INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (BA)

BA: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES DEGREE PLAN (INTS)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus ...........................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ...............................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible (can be fulfilled by major course below) .................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     ENGL 231 World Literature I .................................................................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ..............................................3
History
     HIST 117 Civilization I .........................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 ..............


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .................3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................38-41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...........................................................

     ENGL 232 World Literature II ................................................................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     HIST 118 Civilization II (recommended) ................................................................

     POLS 227 Introduction to International Relations ................................................

     Choose from: economics (also AGRB 261), geography, philosophy,
          political sciencepsychology (also EDUC 221), sociology (maximum one
          course per area) ............

3

3

 


3

Foreign Language
     FLFR, FLGE, FLLA or FLSP 221, 222 .................................................................6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
International Core Courses

     INTS 301 Language and Culture ...........................................................................

     INTS 499 International Studies Seminar (writing-intensive course) ..................
     ECON 260 Principles of Microeconomics .....................................................

3

3

3

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................9
REGIONAL FOCUS
Choose one of the following 24 hour tracks:
East Asian Studies

     BMIS 371 World Religions ....................................................................................

     HIST 495 Far East in Modern Times ...................................................

     POLS 360 Politics of Developing Countries ................................................

     East Asian Selections, Choose 5 courses from:

          BMIS 245, 458 (when applicable); BUSA 419; COMS 345, 383; ECON 438;
          GEOG 354MKTG 419; POLS 360, 385, 481, 484, 487, 488 (when 
          applicable) ...................................................................................................

3

3

3


15

European Studies

     HIST 474 Recent Europe ......................................................................................

     POLS 485 International Political Economy ...........................................................

     Choose 3 hours from: HIST 472, 473, 476; FLSP 352 ..............................

     European Selections, Choose 5 courses from:

          BMIS 245, 371; BUSA 419; COMS 345, 383; FLSP 482; ECON 438;
          GEOG 354MKTG 419; POLS 360, 385, 481, 484488 (when applicable) ......

3

3

3

15 

Middle East Studies

     BMIS 371 World Religions ....................................................................................

     HIST 416 Near East in Modern Times ....................................................................

     POLS 361 Politics of the Middle East ....................................................

     Middle East Selections, Choose 5 courses from:

          BMIS 245, 458 (when applicable), BUSA 419, COMS 345, 383, ECON 438;
          GEOG 354MKTG 419; POLS 385, 481,484, 485, 487, 488 (when
          applicable) ............................

3

3

3


15 

Latin American Studies

     HIST 479 Latin American Modern Area ..................................................................

     POLS 485 International Political Economy ...........................................................

     Choose 3 hours from: HIST 478, 490; FLSP 353 .......................................

     Latin American Selections, Choose 5 courses from:

          BMIS 245, 371; BUSA 419; COMS 345, 383; FLSP 483; ECON 438; GEOG
          354MKTG 419; POLS 360, 385, 481, 484, 487, 488 (when applicable) ........

3

3

3


15 

TRACK TOTAL ........................................................................................................24
STUDY ABROAD
     Each student must include at least one “Study Abroad” experience related to the
     student’s chosen geographic region.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
     Junior level proficiency in a second language must be demonstrated by students
     whose first language is English.
     FLFR, FLGEFLLA, or FLSP ....................................................................................0-15
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................0-15
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................15-18

*Students are strongly encouraged to use electives to pursue a Business Minor.

OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.70

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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   INTERNATIONAL STUDIES – U.S. TRACK FOR NON-U.S. STUDENTS (BA)

BA: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (OPTION FOR NON-U.S. STUDENTS ONLY)

DEGREE PLAN (INTU)

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UNIVERSITY CORE
Bible (suggested course sequence)

     BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament ......................................

     BIBL 101 Life and Teachings of Jesus .......................................................

     BIBL 102 Acts-Revelation .....................................................................................

     BIBL 212 Christianity in Culture ............................................................................

     Advanced Bible ...................................................................................................

3

3

3

3

3

English

     ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric .....................................................................

     ENGL 262 American Literature Before 1900 ..............................................

3

3

Speech
     COMS 111 Fundamentals of Communication ............................................3
History
     HIST 221 American History I ................................................................................3
Science

     Choose from (must include two different fields): biology, chemistry, geology

           physicsAENV 130, ANSC 111ANSC 235, ENVR 112NUTR 120 ..................


6
Mathematics
     MATH 120, MATH 123, MATW 120/020 or higher (except MATH 147) .........3
Exercise Science
     EXSC 100 + 3 activities .......................................................................................4
University Seminar
     UNIV 100 ...........................................................................................................1
TOTAL UNIVERSITY CORE ......................................................................................41
BA DEGREE CORE
English

     ENGL 112 Composition and Literature ...........................................................

     ENGL 263 American Literature After 1900 ............................................

3

3

Social Sciences/Humanities

     HIST 222 American History II ...............................................................................

     POLS 225 National Government ............................................................................
     Choose from: economics (also AGRB 261), geography, philosophy, psychology
          (also EDUC 221), sociology (maximum one course per area) ...................

3

3


3

Foreign Language
     Students whose native language is not English are exempted ....................0-6
Fine Arts
     Choose one: ART 101, 221, 222, MUSM 230, MUSM 231, MUSM 232, MUSM 233
                        THEA 220 or THEA 250 .....................................................................

3
TOTAL BA CORE .....................................................................................................18-24
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
International Core Courses

     INTS 301 Language and Cultures ...............................................................

     INTS 499 International Studies Seminar (writing-intensive course) ................

3

3

Regional Focus/USA
     Choose 9 hours from: HIST 404, 405, 421, 451, 455, 482 .............................9
Specialty Courses .................................................................................................15

Choose in3 areas 15 hours from:
     Bible/Missions
          BMIS 371 World Religions

          BIBH 357 Religion in America
     Business
          BUSA 419 International Business
     Communication
          COMS 345 Intercultural Communication
          COMS 383 Communication in Multi-National Organizations
     Geography
          GEOG 354 Cultural Geography
     International Studies
          INTS 400 Guided Study
     American Literature
          ENGL 362 American Literature Before 1860
          ENGL 363 American Literature After 1860
          ENGL 446 Topics in American Literature
          ENGL 464 American Novel
     Political Science
          POLS 381 American Political Process
          POLS 492 American Political Thought

TOTAL ....................................................................................................................30
STUDY ABROAD 
Each student must include a travel-study course in a region of the U.S. outside West Texas.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Students whose first language is English must demonstrate first semester junior level proficiency in a second language.
     FLFR, FLGEFLLA, or FLSP ....................................................................................0-15
TOTAL ....................................................................................................................0-15
ELECTIVES
     Minimum ............................................................................................................18
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

     Minimum GPA in major ........................................................................................

     Minimum GPA for graduation ................................................................................

     Minimum advanced hours ....................................................................................

     Minimum total hours ............................................................................................

2.25

2.00

33

128

Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree.



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   INTERNATIONAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

CERTIFICATE: INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (INTS)

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University and Degree Core Requirements
As part of, or in addition to, the general education requirements of the chosen major, students must satisfy history of western civilization.

     HIST 117 Civilization I* ...............................................................................

     HIST 118 Civilization II* ..............................................................................

3

3

TOTAL .............................................................................................................6

*Can meet University or Degree Core requirement.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Students whose first language is English must demonstrate first semester junior level proficiency in a second language.
     FLFR, FLGEFLLA, or FLSP ............................................................................0-15
TOTAL ............................................................................................................0-15
CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
International Core Courses

     INTS 301 Language and Cultures ..........................................................

3

Specialty Courses with a Focus on One Culture Area

Choose 15 hours from3 areas below:

     Business
          BUSA 419 International Business
     Communication
          COMS 345 Intercultural Communication
          COMS 383 Communication in Multi-National Organizations
     Geography
          GEOG 354 Cultural Geography
     History
          HIST 416 Near East in Modern Times
          HIST 474 Recent Europe
          HIST 479 Latin American Modern Era
          HIST 495 Far East in Modern Times
     Literature
          FLSP 482 Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature
          FLSP 483 Survey of Latin American Literature
     Missions
          BMIS 245 Missionary Anthropology
          BMIS 371 World Religions*
     Political Science
          POLS 345 Comparative Public Policy
          POLS 357 West European Politics
          POLS 358 CIS and East European Politics
          POLS 484 International Law and Organizations
          POLS 485 International Political Economy

TOTAL ............................................................................................................18

*Can meet University or Degree Core requirement.

Total additional hours required to receive the certificate vary depending on foreign language proficiency and requirements met by University and Degree core ...............

 

 

15-39

TOTAL ............................................................................................................15-39


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