Bachelor of Arts in International Service
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The BA degree program has a required major in International Service which is basic preparation for cross-cultural or international service. In addition the student will be required to choose one of three minors—Linguistics, World Arts or Cross-Cultural Service.
Upon completion of this degree students will:
  1. Have the skills to implement a personal self-directed language learning program.
  2. Have moderate proficiency in a foreign language.
  3. Be able to apply independent analysis and critical thinking skills especially to the challenges of international service.
  4. Have a knowledge of the skills and attitudes necessary to serve across cultural boundaries.
  5. Be able to effectively and properly communicate ideas and concepts in both oral and written forms.
  6. Understand the ingredients of a ‘worldview’ and have begun developing a personal worldview that integrates religious faith, intellectual curiosity, global awareness, and an attitude of service.
The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in International Service (BA-IS) degree is to equip students with the basic skills and attitudes needed for entry level service to others across language and culture barriers.

Degree Requirements  

The Bachelor of Arts degree with major in International Service at GIAL is a 121 minimum undergraduate semester hour (ush) degree (122 ush for Linguistics Minors).  Undergraduate Admissions


Students are required to have completed a minimum of 54 ush from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or its equivalent. Within these 54 ush, students are required to meet the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) “Elements of the Core Curriculum.” 
THECB Elements of the Core Curriculum
GIAL has not entered into an arrangement with another accredited institution to provide instruction for these 54 ush. See “Transfer of Credit” in the Academic Procedures and Policies portion of the catalog. The following core component credits are needed:
  • Communication-6 USH
  • Mathematics-3 USH
  • Life/Physical Sciences-6 USH
  • Lang, Phil & Culture-3 USH
  • Creative Arts-3 USH
  • American History-6 USH
  • Gov't/Political Science-6 USH
  • Social/Behavioral Science-3 USH
  • Component Area Options from the 8 areas above-12 USH
  • Electives-6 USH
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GIAL offers only the junior and senior level courses required for an undergraduate degree. GIAL offers 67 ush of the 121 minimum ush – the Degree Core Requirements and the Minor Requirements.

Each student will choose one of three minors:
  • Linguistics
  • World Arts
  • Cross-Cultural Service                                  

BA-IS Degree Program Outline
General EducationCompleted prior to admission  to GIAL 
AL4304 Intro to Language Structure
(Linguistics minors will replace this course with
an elective)
AA4505 Second Language & Culture Acquisition5
Foreign Language9
Cross-Cultural Preparation
Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Service

AA4370 Cultural Anthropology3
AA4372 Political, Social, and Economic Systems3
Select 1 course from the courses below:
AA4350 Language & Society 
IS3364 Theory/Reality of Development 
IS3352 Globalization 
AA3325 Missiology 
AA4387 Training Across Cultures 
Select 1 course from the courses below: 
IS4320 Cross-Cultural Experience Trip 
IS4321 Cross-Cultural Internship
* An approved degree program cannot contain both IS4320 and IS4321.
CommunicationAA4202 AV Techniques2 
IS3311 Research Writing3
Development of a Worldview

OT Survey


AC4316 NT Survey3
Select 1 course from the courses below: 
AC4317 World Religions
IS3350 Dynamics of Religious Experience




Linguistics (19 ush)
 Cross-Cultural Service (18 ush) 
 World Arts (18 ush) 
TotalCredit hours 121
BA-IS Cross-Cultural Service Minor Required Courses
Course Title      Hrs
IS4361 Cross-Cultural Communication      3
Select four Cross-Cultural courses not taken in the major: 
AA4350 Language & Society

IS3364  Theory/Reality of Development

IS3352  Globalization

AA3325 Missiology

AA4387 Training Across Cultures

Elective      3
Total Cross-Cultural concentration hours               18
BA-IS World Arts Minor Required Courses
 Course TitleHrs
WA4382Survey of World Arts3
WA3384Theory and Practice of Ethnodoxology3
WA3381Arts for a Better Future3
WA4387Area Studies for World Arts3
WA4322Video Production and Editing3
WA3386World Arts Practicum3
Total World Arts concentration hours  18
BA-IS Linguistic Minor Required Courses
Linguistics minor students will not be required to take AL4304 Introduction to Language Structure (3 credit hours) but will take an additional elective instead.
 Course TitleHrs
AL4302Principles of Articulatory & Acoustic Phonetics3
AL4303Principles of Phonological Analysis3
AL4410abPrinciples of Grammatical Analysis4
AA4350Language & Society3
AL4406Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis4
AL4207Field Data Management2
Total Linguistics concentration hours 19


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