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International Studies and Languages Division

International Studies

Introduction

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Every generation believes its own time to be of the greatest historical significance, but surely the last century has been one of the more influential in history. Technological developments allowed scarcely imagined advances in communication, transportation, and production. Medical research conquered ancient scourges and allowed millions to live whom otherwise would have succumbed to disease. The world's population soared as a result of all these developments from one to six billion. Worldwide warfare brought to an end the age of empires, which had been a constant of the international scene since the dawn of history, and established the ideal of political and economic liberty. Religious belief, far from disappearing as many predicted, became increasingly influential worldwide.

These events have resulted in the emergence of a global metropolis where many different groups of people inhabit a world where traditional barriers of time and distance have fallen dramatically. The United States, the leading power of this time, has but four percent of this new metropolis's population. Consequently, Americans -- indeed people from all countries -- will need an ever-deeper understanding of the other residents of the global metropolis to maintain political stability, foster economic growth, and understand the views of those with markedly different attitudes, assumptions, and goals. This understanding will occur in a century where constant change becomes a constant. In this volatile and interdependent world, students of international affairs must possess a keen grasp of the relationship of political, economic, and cultural forces.

Mission Statement

To meet this challenge, Seaver College offers a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, which is an interdisciplinary major comprised of a sequence of courses in international politics, economics, and communication. Students may further specialize in one of seven functional or regional areas such as:  Political Studies, International Management Studies, International/Intercultural Communication Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, or Latin American Studies.

The International Studies major is designed for students who may enter such varied fields as: diplomacy, government service, international mass media, multinational business, international religious service, and other fields requiring international understanding and expertise. It also provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees or to enter the job market for further experience and training in multicultural contexts.

The International Studies Program is overseen by the International Studies Council, which draws experts from across the various academic divisions at Seaver College.

The primary aim of the International Studies major is to:

  • Provide undergraduates with the technical skills and conceptual ability to understand, appreciate, and interact profitably with communities outside American society.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of cross-cultural and global issues, including Christian perspectives.

  • Prepare students for careers in international affairs with government, private sector, and not-for-profit organizations either upon graduation or through further study at graduate school.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student who completes a major in International Studies should be able to:

  • Understand the international system’s major political and economic features and trends.
  • Demonstrate research skills appropriate for each specialization.
  • Relate cross-culturally by writing effectively on the key conceptual differences among cultures and carry on a basic conversation in at least two languages other than his or her native language or on in intermediate level in one language other than his or her native language.
  • Demonstrate competency in one functional or regional specialization.
  • Demonstrate a Christian perspective on cross-cultural and global issues.

For more information about the International Studies Program, please contact the ISL Division Office.

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