Why International Studies?

The goal of international studies is to provide an education that allows you to become an informed world citizen. SSU’s Bachelor of Arts in International Studies blends historical, contemporary and Christian views on world civilizations with compelling cross-cultural experiences. During the program, you will participate in two travel semesters (one in Asia and one in Europe) in which you will experience hands-on what it means to live life together in a Christ-centered learning community. International studies provides opportunities for innovative thinking and serious reflection on pressing global questions of economic development, social justice and environmental sustainability. In this increasingly globalized world, international studies provides much-needed insight into such issues as poverty, population growth, disease, human migration, climate change, war, gender inequality, community dynamics, pop culture, world religions, mass communications, strategic development, water issues, cultural heritage and human rights.

Major in IS

A degree in International Studies requires 12 credit hours of core courses: IS 1000, 2000, and 3000 (or their equivalent). A grade of C or better in each core course is required. Students majoring in IS must also complete 6 credit hours in modern languages (or TESL and Culture and Language) and IS 2050 Macroeconomics (or its equivalent). A minimum of 21 additional credit hours must be taken at the upper level (3000 or 4000) and this must include IS 3090 – Field Experience (or equivalent). Electives in International Studies are often interdisciplinary, reflecting the nature of this broad field of study. Students must successfully complete both study abroad semesters (GPA of 2.0 or better).

Minor in IS

A minor in International Studies requires the cores courses: IS 1000, 2000, and 3000 or their equivalent, plus an additional 15 credit hours in International Studies, of which 12 credit hours must be at the upper level. A grade of C or better in each core course is required for the minor.