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, student have a choice between 5 different minors depending on their area of interest: Cross-Cultural Studies, Abrahamic Studies, Linguistics, World Arts, 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.

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) 23/26 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 50 hours of general education for all required Level 1 and Level 2 courses for the BA degree.

General Education Requirements

CIS BA-IS GENERAL EDUCATION CATEGORIES AND LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 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.     Creative Arts 6
2.     Global & Cultural Studies 6
3.     World Traditions 6
4.     Social Behavior 6
5.     Science & Mathematics 6
  30 ush

 

Major Requirements

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
(TESOL minors will replace this course with an additional elective)
3
AA4372 Political and Social Systems 3
IS4361 Cross-Cultural Communication
(CCS minors will replace this course with an additional elective)
3
One of:
AA4350 Language and Society
IS3364 Theory/Reality of Development
IS3352 Globalization
IS3325 Missiology
AA4387 Training in Cross-Cultural Contexts
(TESOL minors will replace this course with an additional elective)
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

Electives

Students choose electives that total a minimum of 23/26 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
 
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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
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
 
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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

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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 in Cross-Cultural Contexts 3
Total hours for the Certificate in TESOL minor  18

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The following are the requirements for the Abrahamic Studies minor.

Course Hours
IS1312 History of Christianity 3
IS1311-IN Biblical Cultural Studies 3
IS2312-OL Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations 3
AC33xx Foundations of Torah 3
AC4310 Introduction to Islam 3
AC4311-OL Communication and Service in Muslim Contexts 3
Total hours for the Abrahamic Studies minor  19

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