BA with a Major in International Service


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Bachelor of Arts (BA-IS) degree with a major in International Service and minors in Cross-Cultural Studies, Linguistics, World Arts, or TESOL.

Purpose


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 four minors and/or certificates—Linguistics, World Arts, Cross-Cultural Service, or TESOL.

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 integrating religious faith, intellectual curiosity, global awareness, and an attitude of service.

Mission


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 an 121/122 undergraduate semester hour (ush) degree (122 ush for Linguistics Minors).

General Education Categories & Level 1 and Level 2 Courses

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 ush of Level 1 and Level 2 courses within five (5) general education categories.
  • A minimum of two Level 1 and/or Level 2 courses (6 ush) must be completed in each of the five categories. General Education Categories include:

Area One:  Creative Arts

  1. Examine the nature of creativity, including imaginative and intuitive thinking, forms of persuasion, expressions of life realities and values.
  2. Situate creative works, and judgments about those creative works, in their appropriate social and historical context.

Area Two: Global & Cultural Studies

  1. Explore the diverse historical and philosophical traditions that have shaped the world by reading and discussing fundamental texts from those traditions.
  2. Develop the student’s ability to critically and comparatively reflect on cultural issues considering others both past & present.

Area Three:  World Traditions

  1. Explore those habits of thought and feeling that distinguish regions, countries, and cultures from one another.
  2. Discuss, in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, the concepts, patterns, and trends that characterize contemporary global issues.
  3. Develop the student’s capacity to critically analyze how categories of difference are organized within and across cultures.

Area Four:  Social Behavior

  1. Study the institutions, systems, and patterns of governance that underlie contemporary societies.
  2. Develop the student’s capacity to critically reflect on the relationship between the individual and the institutions, systems, and patterns of society.

Area Five: Science & Mathematics

  1. Investigate the natural world and the living forms that inhabit it.
  2. Develop problem-solving skills and utilize the scientific method to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.
  3. Analyze the role of science in public discourse and in addressing societal problems.

Required Degree Courses: Level 3 and Level 4 Courses

  • Students are required to complete 47/50 ush of Level 3 and Level 4 courses required for the BA-IS degree.

Electives

  • Students choose electives that total a minimum of 23/26 ush from Level 1 through Level 4 courses.

 Choice of One Minor and/or Certificate:

  • Cross-Cultural Service (18 ush)
  • Linguistics (19 ush)
  • World Arts (18 ush)
  • TESOL (18 ush)
BA-IS Curriculum Overview Hours
General Education Requirements Level 1 and Level 2 30 ush
Degree Requirements
    Level 1 through Level 4 23/26 ush
    Level 3 and Level 4 47/50 ush
Minor requirements  18/19 ush
(19 for Linguistics Minor)
Total hours 121/122 ush*

*Students completing the linguistics minor (19 hours) will take 122 total hours for the degree.

Degree Core


CIS BA-IS GENERAL EDUCATION CATEGORIES AND LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 REQUIREMENTS
Level 1 and Level 2 course requirements are 30 total hrs. with a minimum of two (2) courses (6 ush) in each of the five (5) general education categories. At Least
1.     Creative Arts 6
2.     Global & Cultural Studies 6
3.     World Traditions 6
4.     Social Behavior 6
5.      Science & Mathematics 6
30 ush
CIS BA-IS REQUIRED DEGREE COURSES AND LEVEL 3 & LEVEL 4 REQUIREMENTS
Level 3 and Level 4 course requirements are 47/50 ush of the following:
AL4304 Introduction to Language Structure
(Linguistics minors will replace this course with an additional elective)
3
AA4505 Second Language and Culture Acquisition 5
Foreign Language (Arabic 1, 2, 3 or Chinese 1, 2, 3) 9
IS3351 Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Service 3
AA4370 Cultural Anthropology 3
AA4372 Political and Social Systems 3
IS4361 Cross-Cultural Communication 3
One of:
AA4350 Language and Society
IS3364 Theory/Reality of Development
IS3352 Globalization
IS3325 Missiology
AA4387 Training Across Cultures
3
IS4320 Cross-Cultural Experience or IS4321 Cross-Cultural Internship 3
IS3311 Research Writing 3
AC4315 Old Testament Survey 3
AC4316 New Testament Survey 3
IS3317 World Religions 3
IS4350 Dynamics of Religious Experience 3
(47 ush for linguistics minor; 50 ush for other minors) 47/50 ush
Level 1 through Level 4 Electives (26 ush for linguistics minor; 23 ush other) 23/26 ush
Minors and/or Certificates
Cross-cultural Service (18 ush)
Linguistics (19 ush)
World Arts (18 ush)
TESOL (18 ush)
18/19 ush
Total BA-IS degree 121/122 ush

Minors and Certificates


The following are the requirements for the Cross-Cultural Studies minor.

Course Hours
IS4361 Cross-Cultural Communication 3
Select four Cross-Cultural courses not taken in the major: 12
AA4350 Language & Society (3 hours) IS3364 Theory and Reality of Development (3 hours) IS3352 Globalization (3 hours) IS3325 Missiology (3 hours) AA4387 Training Across Cultures (3 hours)
One elective 3
Total hours for the Cross-Cultural Studies minor  18
View a 2-year3-year or 4-year sample plan for this minor.

The following are the requirements for the Certificate in Linguistics. Please note that linguistics minor students will not take AL4304 Introduction to Language Structure (3 credit hours) from the degree core but will take an additional elective instead.

Course Hours
AL4302 Principles of Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics 3
AL4303 Principles of Phonological Analysis 3
AL4410a Principles of Grammatical Analysis (a) AL4410b Principles of Grammatical Analysis (b) 4
AA4350 Language & Society 3
AL4406 Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis or AL5406 Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis 4
AL4207 Field Data Management or AL5207 Field Data Management 2
Total hours for the Linguistics minor  19
View a 2-year3-year or 4-year sample plan for this minor.

The following are the requirements for the World Arts minor.

Course Hours
WA3380 Introduction to Ethnodoxology 3
WA3381 Arts for a Better Future 3
WA3386 World Arts Practicum 3
WA4322 Video Production and Editing 3
WA4382 Survey of World Arts 3
WA4387 Area Studies for World Arts 3
Total hours for the World Arts minor  18

View a 2-year3-year or 4-year sample plan for this minor.

The following are the requirements for the Certificate in TESOL minor.

Course Hours
AA4370 Cultural Anthropology 3
IS3370 TESOL: Fundamentals and Methods of TESOL 3
IS3371 TESOL: Curriculum and Program Design 3
IS4372 TESOL: Reading and Writing 3
IS4373 TESOL: Speaking and Listening 3
AA4387 Training Across Cultures 3
Total hours for the Certificate in TESOL minor  18

View a 2-year3-year or 4-year sample plan for this minor.