Bachelor of Arts (BA-IS) degree with a major in International Service and minors in Cross-Cultural Studies, Linguistics, World Arts, or TESOL.
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:
- Have the skills to implement a personal self-directed language learning program.
- Have moderate proficiency in a foreign language.
- Be able to apply independent analysis and critical thinking skills especially to the challenges of international service.
- Have a knowledge of the skills and attitudes necessary to serve across cultural boundaries.
- Be able to effectively and properly communicate ideas and concepts in both oral and written forms.
- 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.
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.
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
- Examine the nature of creativity, including imaginative and intuitive thinking, forms of persuasion, expressions of life realities and values.
- Situate creative works, and judgments about those creative works, in their appropriate social and historical context.
Area Two: Global & Cultural Studies
- Explore the diverse historical and philosophical traditions that have shaped the world by reading and discussing fundamental texts from those traditions.
- Develop the student’s ability to critically and comparatively reflect on cultural issues considering others both past & present.
Area Three: World Traditions
- Explore those habits of thought and feeling that distinguish regions, countries, and cultures from one another.
- Discuss, in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, the concepts, patterns, and trends that characterize contemporary global issues.
- Develop the student’s capacity to critically analyze how categories of difference are organized within and across cultures.
Area Four: Social Behavior
- Study the institutions, systems, and patterns of governance that underlie contemporary societies.
- 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
- Investigate the natural world and the living forms that inhabit it.
- Develop problem-solving skills and utilize the scientific method to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.
- 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.
- 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|
|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.