AC2305 (SL) The Art of Hebrew Cantillation (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course introduces students to the Hebrew trope marks used to identify accented syllables, pauses and phrasing, punctuation, and the application of cantillation melodies for public reading of the Torah.
AC3305 (SL) Foundations of Torah (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course relates study of the first five books of the Bible to the traditional Jewish lectionary cycle. Weekly portion names serve to organize the narrative storyline of Genesis-Deuteronomy so that today’s readers may join the ancient conversation of the wider global community.
AC4311-OL Communication and Service in Muslim Contexts (Online) (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
In light of scriptural and anthropological principles, this course explores the nature, dynamics, scope, challenges, and approaches in appropriate and effective service in Muslim contexts.
AL4304-OL Introduction to Language Structure (Spring/Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course provides a basic introduction to language sounds and structures. It will enhance students’ ability to learn another language as they use natural language data to discover and analyze word and sentence formation in a variety of different languages. Students will also have the opportunity to identify, pronounce, and transcribe the most common sounds found in the world’s languages.
Note: This course serves as a prerequisite for AA4505 in lieu of AL4302 and AL4410, but not as a prerequisite for any AL course.
AL4498-SL Intermediate ASL Conversation (May) (4 undergraduate credits)
An intensive program of study dedicated to preparing individuals to interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American and international Deaf Community.
Strengthening expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language (ASL) through Deaf culturally-appropriate signed conversations, stories, and interactive activities. Special focus on using classifier constructions, facial grammar, motion modifications, fingerspelling, turn-taking, and narrations. Exposure to sign languages from other countries and international signing. Intended especially for students planning to take courses offered by DIU that use ASL as the classroom language of instruction, and for those planning to work professionally alongside Deaf people in the USA and other countries.
Note: This is an intensive course requiring full-time participation for 4+ weeks; students should not plan to work or have other commitments during the term.
IS1321 (SL) Introduction to Ethnopsychology (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
At our core, do all individuals think, feel, and behave in the same ways? How do psychology and culture interact? In this course, we will look at several major concepts in traditional psychology and consider the extent to which they may apply across cultures.
IS1341 (SL) Introduction to Writing (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course introduces students to the mechanics of writing clear and coherent essays and presenting them orally. Special attention is given to the process of planning, writing, and revising. Students read a variety of texts from different genres in order to expose them to the rich possibilities of English prose.
IS1363 Introduction to Health & First Aid Practices (TBA) (3 undergraduate credits)
Every person needs basic knowledge on factors affecting their personal health. This course teaches students to evaluate significant topics in their own health paradigm. Students are introduced to key principles of First Aid, the sequence of steps to respond to emergencies, and the steps for patient assessment. Key aspects of CPR are learned along with wound care, musculoskeletal injuries, and first aid for poisoning, bites, and stings. Attention is given to first aid for injuries in remote locations.
IS2322 (SL) Psychology of Suffering and Resilience (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
Grief and trauma are part of the human condition. In this course, students will study the psychological impact of suffering and begin to develop their own personal theology of suffering. They will also discuss the importance of resilience as a building block of successful cross-cultural service.
IS2331 (SL) Introduction to Political and Economic Systems (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
Throughout history, societies have organized themselves into a variety of political and economic systems. Those who work cross-culturally may live and interact within a political or economic system different than one to which they are accustomed. This course introduces the student to basic political and economic ideas and systems, with the goal of equipping the student to understand them better and to operate more effectively within them.
IS2341 (SL) Logic, Critical Thinking and Rhetoric (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
Learning valid forms of arguments, standard fallacies, how to draw inferences, and how to arrange arguments are crucial skills for thinking critically and communicating effectively about any issue. This course will teach students how to think well, how to understand and critique arguments using the basic elements of logic, and how to arrange ideas effectively.
IS3356 (SL) Introduction to Orality and Storying (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
Craft and tell culturally appropriate stories!
IS4646 (SL) Chinese 2 & 3 (Spring) (6 undergraduate credits)
Building on the foundations laid in Chinese 1 and 2, students will achieve a basic level of competence in conversation and reading and be able to write short compositions.
WA3350-IN Conference Course on World Arts (Summer/TBA) (3 undergraduate credits)
Global gatherings with a focus on world arts and cross-cultural work provide an outstanding opportunity for connecting with new resources, new practitioners and scholars in the field, and new ideas to invigorate service. In this course, students will leverage their attendance at a conference into a learning experience, interacting with a community of fellow students as they begin to develop their abilities and plans for working with communities.