“‘How can we get students prepared for the field faster and cheaper?’ That was the question we were answering,” said Dr. Doug Tiffin, Dallas International’s president, explaining the B.A. program’s inception while he was academic dean.
When Dallas International staff discovered that another Texas university had a two-year B.A. program, they began investigating if Dallas International could do the same. Eventually, Dallas International’s accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, gave our school approval to accept undergraduate students with two years of completed general education classes.
In the fall of 2014, Dallas International officially launched the College of International Studies (CIS) and its B.A. program, offering a B.A. in International Service and minors in Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Service, World Arts, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This, the fall of 2018, is the first semester of Dallas International’s expanded, four-year B.A. program.
Undergraduate instructors Shelley Ashdown and CJ Searsy played major roles in developing the program. “They took it and ran with it,” Dr. Tiffin shared. “It’s their passion.” Overall, the mission of the B.A. program is “to equip students with the basic skills and attitudes needed for entry-level service to others across language and culture barriers” (www.diu.edu).
Using “University” instead of “Graduate Institute” in our name has helped immensely in recruiting undergraduate students. However, although our name changed, our purpose remains unchanged. As Dr. Tiffin put it, “We are not going to become a liberal arts school. We are committed to the Bible translation movement and preparing people to serve in it.”
CIS Student: Addie Allen
After watching a monolingual demonstration in her Columbia International University class one day, Addie was excited to hear God could use language learning—something she enjoyed—for His glory and began praying about serving in Bible translation. “I didn’t want to wait four years in order to study linguistics at the master’s level,” Addie said, “so I was thankful that Dallas International offered a B.A. degree.” Currently, Addie is working toward a B.A. in International Service with a Linguistics minor.
Addie shared, “The community has been incredible. . . Living with these people on campus has helped me to see what the body of Christ should look like. And I am thankful for the many opportunities to pray together.”
Addie recommends, “If you love language, this is definitely the place for you. If you hope to work cross-culturally, Dallas International is a great place to receive training. They make the classes very practical and hands-on. Don’t expect the classes to be easy; come rested and ready to think deeply and work hard.”
Let’s pray for the Lord’s guidance for Addie regarding the people group He wants her to serve and the organization in which He desires to place her.
CIS Student: Phinehas Cleary
God used a Wycliffe Taste Of Translation And Linguistics week to open Phinehas’s eyes to cross-cultural service and Bible translation and introduce him to Dallas International University. He chose to apply after discovering that the faculty have extensive experience in cross-cultural service, the tuition is inexpensive, and his completed college credits could be transferred.
“I’ve been here for over a year now, and I’ve had a really good experience,” Phinehas said. “I really appreciate the faculty here. I can learn so much about cross-cultural service and linguistics from people who have done it before.” Initially, of course, he had to adjust to Dallas International’s session-based system and the social dynamics of studying alongside not only other undergraduate students but also many graduate students. Now, however, he is accustomed to his classes and has made some good friends here. “Dallas International has a really unique community, from which I have benefited greatly,” Phinehas shared. “There is a place for everyone to fit in, plenty of activities going on, and everyone is so friendly.”
Phinehas plans to graduate in June 2019 with his B.A. in International Service and a Linguistics minor. Please pray with us for the Lord to overflow Phinehas with His wisdom and discernment to walk in His guidance after graduation.
CIS Student: Cameron Lewis*
With an interest in linguistics and cross-cultural service, Cameron took a cross-cultural discovery trip for college students to Papua New Guinea. Later, when he learned about language and culture documentation at a TOTAL It Up workshop, he realized that this was the kind of work he wanted to do. As Cameron searched for the schools that would best prepare him for this ministry, God kept opening doors until He led Cameron to Dallas International University.
Now, Cameron is pursuing a B.A. in International Service with a minor in Linguistics. “Classes here are very intense, but also very enjoyable,” Cameron shared. “I love being on a first name basis with the majority of the professors, and I greatly appreciate that the school has a very family-like atmosphere.” As he studies at Dallas International, Cameron is considering serving in Russophone Eurasia through descriptive linguistics work and/or language and culture documentation.
Join us in asking the Father to draw Cameron even closer to Himself during his time at Dallas International and to give him all the wisdom he needs for making decisions.
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Our goal at Dallas Int’l is to educate students to cross languages and cultures with the Word of God. We want to provide this education as cheaply as possible. To keep tuition at its current level we need to raise approximately $350,000 each year. For most schools, these funds would come from alumni, but the majority of our alumni serve cross-culturally and are unable to make a major contribution to this need. So we depend on people like you who have a passion for training students to work in Bible translation. We are so GRATEFUL for the many who give to support the education of our students. Thank you!!
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