IS1301-IN Popular Culture (Intensive) (May) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course asks, What role does popular culture play in our lives? What role do we play in the formation and maintenance of popular culture? We will explore these questions by examining popular culture particularly in the 21st century with reference to cross-cultural and historical examples. Students will consider the development of popular culture in the digital age. Topics include advertising, music, film and media, and digital devices and software. Students will learn to identify and explain the nature of cultural values manifested in popular culture.
IS1311-IN Biblical Cultural Studies (Intensive) (May) (3 undergraduate credits)
The focus of the Biblical Cultural Studies course is basic knowledge of the people and events of the Bible in their geographical, historical, and cultural contexts. From the Ancient Near Eastern perspective, students will be able to explain biblical descriptions of the biblical God. Guidelines for reading different types of biblical literature will also be considered and acquired by students.
IS1312 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 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.
IS1361 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 (May) (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 Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
This course is a comparative study of parallels between Ancient Near Eastern civilizations, their texts and the Hebrew Bible. Students will explore non-biblical sources that contribute to understanding the linguistic, historical, socio-cultural, political, and religious contexts of the ancient Old Testament. Specific focus is given to epic, social, and religious language sources from civilizations of the Ancient Near Eastern world, particularly those of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Canaan, and Israel.
IS2322 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 (Intensive) (May) (3 undergraduate credits)
Five coaching skills framing the COACH model in the discipline of coaching are at the center of this course. The course offers an overview of the eleven coaching competencies of the International Coach Federation. Consideration of spiritual and cultural aspects of coaching are also discussed.
IS3311 Research Writing (Fall) (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. Learning the basics of the LSA format will be included.
IS3317 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 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 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.
IS3352 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.
IS3356 Introduction to Orality and Storying (Spring) (3 undergraduate credits)
Craft and tell culturally appropriate stories!
IS3361 Introduction to Historical Linguistics (Spring) (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 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 Cross-Cultural Experience (Spring/Summer/Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This multi-week experience combines learning and service, allowing the student to explore the reality of cross-cultural service through student-chosen programs.
To be offered in conjunction with an agency.
IS4321 Cross-Cultural Internship (Spring/Summer/Fall) (3 undergraduate credits)
This six to eight week summer internship is arranged with a sponsoring agency like Wycliffe Bible Translators Discovery trip program. The trip combines learning and service, allowing the student to explore the reality of cross-cultural service under the direction of a leader who has extensive field experience.
IS4344 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 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 Chinese 2 & 3 (Spring) (6 undergraduate credits)
Students will achieve a basic level of competence in Mandarin conversation, reading, and writing, and will build a solid foundation for continued acquisition of the complex writing system.