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International Studies (Major/Minor)

Major in International Studies

Campbellsville University’s Major in International Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines critical thinking and analysis skills, ethics, and cross cultural studies. The program will prepare the student for a career in local, state, federal, and international agencies and organizations where he/she will be equipped to lead from a Christian worldview. Upon completion, the student may also choose to pursue graduate-level education in diverse fields such as law, political science, international business, Christian missions, TESL, MATESOL, public policy and administration.

To receive the BA degree, students completing a major in International Studies must have at least 12 semester hours of credit for modern
foreign language. Four three-hour courses in one language or two three-hour courses in each of two languages will fulfill the requirement. Students may be exempted from the requirement on the basis of proficiency certified by both oral and written tests administered by the modern foreign language faculty. It is additionally important to note that 12 hours of proficiency in a single language is a prerequisite for completion of some concentrations; students planning to pursue a two language strategy should consult with their academic advisor.

To receive the BS degree, students pursing a major in International Studies do not have to take foreign language courses but must complete six additional hours to be selected from the options available in the Core Courses section of the degree. The faculty strongly recommends that students who expect to enter graduate studies in International Studies or a related field choose the Bachelor of Arts options.

Minor in International Studies

The Minor in International Studies spans courses in world geography, religion, citizenship, business, and culture. Students enrolled in the minor are required to study abroad in a sanctioned summer- or semester-long program. We believe that international service creates more empathetic and capable citizens.

Core requirements for the minor include World Religions, World Geography, Political Geography, Global Citizenship Experience, and a Research Practicum. In addition, students must choose 15 semester hours of Electives in Language, Business/Economics, Fine Art, or Social Science.

International Studies Minor – 18 Credit Hours

The student enrolling in this minor is required to study abroad (ISA 480) in a sanctioned program (summer or semester). A request for an exemption as well as an acceptable alternative must be approved by the head of international education. The exempted student must still complete a minimum of 24 credit hours to receive this minor.

A. Complete all of the Following:

  • ISA 210 Introduction to International Studies (3)
  • ISA 220 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • CHS 234 World Religions (3)

B. Choose Two of the Following:

  • GEG 315 World Geography (3)
  • POL 341 Comparative Government (3)
  • GEG 442 Political Geography (3)
  • ECO 452 Comparative Economic Sys. (3)
  • BA 399 International Business (3)

C. Choose One of the Following:

  • ART 411 World Art (3)
  • MUS 325 Music in World Cultures (3)
  • ENG 234 Foundations of World Lit. (3)

For questions about the International Studies Program and study/service abroad opportunities available at Campbellsville University, please contact the CIE at (270) 789-5051 or international@campbellsville.edu