IS1311 Greco-Roman Religious World (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
The New Testament is full of ancient documents by ancient authors, but their context is still largely accessible to us today. In order to better read, interpret, and apply the New Testament, students will learn about the historical, religious, and cultural environment in which Christianity arose.
IS1312 (SL) History of Christianity (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course is an overview of the entire sweep of Christian history. Pivotal events will be discussed in detail, and we will attempt to discern how those events are relevant to present-day world Christianity, both in terms of their effect on the present, and how they can inform a Christian interpretation of our times. Some turning points in the history of cross-cultural missions will be included.
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.
IS1361 (SL) Introduction to Statistics (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to statistics. Mathematical concepts basic to an understanding of statistics will be reviewed. Descriptive and inferential statistics and their application to social sciences research will be introduced.
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.
IS2312 (SL) Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
Students will explore linguistic, historical, socio-cultural, political, and religious contexts of Ancient Near Eastern civilizations. Specific focus is given to epic, social, and religious texts from civilizations of the Ancient Near Eastern world, particularly those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, and Israel.
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.
IS2323-IN Introduction to Coaching (May) (3 undergraduate credits)
Preparing to work in an international, cross-cultural context is more than learning to “do.” It involves learning to empower others to become competent “doers” as well. This course is designed to help students learn how to do that. It offers training in the five coaching skills that are at the core of the COACH Model®; an overview of the eleven coaching competencies of the International Coach Federation the skills are based on; and an analysis of how the application of coaching skills may need to be adjusted to meet cultural, spiritual, and ethical considerations.
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.
IS2352 Globalization (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course will examine the role of linguistics in globalization with particular attention to the role of the West in cultural, economic, and political harmonization around the world.
IS3311 Research Writing (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
A course designed to teach students to gather and evaluate information from a variety of sources and to incorporate ideas from these sources into the writing of a research paper.
IS3317 (SL) World Religions (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course is an introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of the world’s major living religions. Religions studied include Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Indigenous Cultures, Islam, and Judaism.
IS3325 (SL) Missiology (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course provides an overview of topics related to the theory and practice of Christian Missions including the biblical/theological basis of missions, the history of missions as well as cultural and practical issues that relate to the cross-cultural ministry.
IS3351 (SL) Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Service (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course explores the theory, purpose, and dynamics of cross-cultural service, multi-cultural team building as well as issues of personal living in a cross-cultural setting.
IS3356 Introduction to Orality and Storying (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
Craft and tell culturally appropriate stories!
IS3361 (SL) Introduction to Historical Linguistics (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
All languages change over time, and one language can, given enough time, develop into many languages. Often these related languages provide the only surviving clues about their ancestral language. This course is an introduction to the techniques of linguistic reconstruction, and to the basic concepts underlying the genetic classification of languages. Both the comparative method and internal reconstruction will be taught. The emphasis will be on developing the practical skills of linguistic reconstruction, rather than on theoretical issues.
IS3364 (SL) Theory and Reality of Development (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course explores issues of poverty, economic development, education, and primary health care within the developing world. An emphasis is placed on examination of both successful and unsuccessful methods.
IS4320-OL Cross Cultural Practicum (Spring/MayExt/Summer/Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
(Please consult with course instructor if you plan to attend during the Summer term).
This multi-week practicum combines learning and practical service, allowing the student to explore the reality of cross-cultural service through either a student-chosen program or a sponsoring agency.
IS4344 (SL) Chinese I (Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
An introduction to modern standard Chinese, commonly called Mandarin, which is the official language of China and is the most widely used variety of Chinese in the world. This course is for beginners. The emphases will include pronunciation, acquiring core vocabulary in both spoken and written forms, and beginning conversation skills. There will also be an introduction to the lifelong process of learning the Chinese writing system.
IS4350 (SL) Dynamics of Religious Experience (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
An introductory study into conceptions of spiritual formation and the various ways people deepen their understanding and relationship with the supernatural. Emphasis is given to approaches to a covenantal life, the nature and consequence of religious practices and rituals, and the motivations for a worldview integrating religious faith.
IS4361 Cross-Cultural Communication (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
Students will learn factors relevant to cross-cultural communication. They will be able to identify concepts from intercultural communication that can facilitate or impede communication in a cross-cultural context.
IS4399 Special Topics in International Studies (TBA) (3 undergraduate credits)
With permission of your academic advisor.
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.