BA with a Major in International Service

About this Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Service (BA-IS) equips students with the basic skills and attitudes needed for entry level service to others across language and culture barriers.  In addition to the core requirements for the degree, students have a choice between 4 different minors depending on their area of interest: Cross-Cultural Studies, Abrahamic Studies, Linguistics, or World Arts.

Upon completion of this degree students will:

  1. Have the skills to implement a personal self-directed language learning program.
  2. Have at least a novice proficiency in a non-Indo-European 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.

Interested in this program?  Be sure to apply for Undergraduate Admission to Dallas International University. 

Degree Overview

BA-IS Curriculum Overview Hours
General Education Requirements Level 1 and Level 2 30 ush
Major Requirements  
    Level 1 through Level 4 (electives) 26/23 ush
    Level 3 and Level 4 47/50 ush
Minor requirements  18/19 ush
Total hours 121/122 ush*

*Students completing the linguistics minor (19 hours) will take 122 total hours for the degree. Students are allowed to transfer in a maximum of 72 hours of general education for all required Level 1 and Level 2 courses for the BA degree.

General Education Requirements

Level 1 and Level 2 course requirements are 30 total hours with a minimum of two (2) courses (6 ush) in each of the five (5) general education categories. Visit the CIS General Education Categories page for more information. At Least
1.     Communication and Creative Arts 6
2.     Language and Cross-Cultural Studies 6
3.     History, Philosophy, and Religion 6
4.     Social Institutions and Behavior 6
5.     Science and Mathematics 6
  30 ush


Major 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)
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
(CCS minors will replace this course with an additional elective)
One of:
AA4350 Language and Society
IS3364 Theory/Reality of Development
IS3352 Globalization
IS3325 Missiology
AA4387 Training in Cross-Cultural Contexts
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


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

Minor Requirements

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 in Cross-Cultural Contexts (3 hours)
One elective 3
Total hours for the Cross-Cultural Studies minor  18

The following are the requirements for the Linguistics minor. 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
AL4410 Principles of Grammatical Analysis 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

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

The following are the requirements for the Abrahamic Studies minor.

Course Hours
AC3312 Early Church History (Spring 2021) 3
AC3305 Foundations of Torah 3
AC4311-OL Communication and Service in Muslim Contexts 3
AC4322 Abrahamic Shared Stories (or AC5322 Abrahamic Shared Stories for dual credit) (Spring 2021) 3
AC4310 Introduction to Islam (or AC5310 Core Components of Islam for dual credit) 3
IS4309 Hermeneutics (Spring 2021) 3
Total hours for the Abrahamic Studies minor  18


If you are planning to minor in Abrahamic studies, you may also consider the following option for an accelerated Master’s degree:

Accelerated BA/MA in Abrahamic Studies (BA-IS / MA-AS)

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in International Service and minor in Abrahamic Studies, plus a Master of Arts degree with a major in Abrahamic Studies, can both be earned in five years of study. The Accelerated BA/MA is a 151-credit program which includes 9 credits that are counted both at the undergrad level and then again at the graduate level (dual-credit). When the student begins the MA portion of this degree program, they have only 21 credit hours of study remaining.