All BA students must complete DIU Foundations, which contains 46 credit hours of lower-level General Education courses. DIU Foundations is thoughtfully designed to provide students with a robust grounding in Bible and Christianity, while also broadening their perspective through faith-based cross-cultural studies.

Our unique cross-cultural perspective is woven throughout all of our Foundations courses. In a globalized society, understanding different cultures and perspectives is crucial for effective work and Christian service. Our courses spread across multiple categories of broad learning are tailored to develop well-rounded individuals who can navigate and contribute positively to a diverse world.

Balancing faith-based learning with a broad educational spectrum, our program ensures that students are not just academically equipped, but also prepared to face real-world challenges with a strong moral and ethical compass.

Students may transfer in credits toward the required credit hours in each category, provided that the courses fall within the parameters of the category descriptions satisfactorily. See Transfer of Credit for further explanation.

Academic Areas

Area One:
Bible and Christianity

  1. Courses investigating the content and context of the Bible
  2. Courses analyzing the history of Christianity and the development of Christian doctrine
  3. Courses discussing and applying concepts of spiritual formation as experienced in Christian traditions

Area Two:
Communication and Critical Thinking

  1. Courses examining oral and written communication practices and the nature of creativity
  2. Courses situating creative works, and judgments about those creative works, in their appropriate social and historical context
  3. Courses developing the student’s capacity for communication through art, composition, speech, music, or other media

Area Three:
Cross-cultural Studies

  1. Courses exploring those habits of thought and feeling that distinguish regions, countries, and cultures from one another
  2. Courses discussing, in comparative and cross-cultural perspective, the concepts, patterns, and trends that characterize contemporary global issues
  3. Courses developing the student’s capacity to critically analyze how categories of difference are organized within and across cultures
  4. Courses developing the student’s capacity to understand and speak modern and ancient languages

Area Four:
History, Philosophy, and Religion

  1. Courses exploring the diverse historical, philosophical, and religious traditions that have shaped the world
  2. Courses developing the student’s ability to critically and comparatively reflect on cultural issues both past and present

Area Five:
Social Institutions and Behavior

  1. Courses considering the institutions, systems, and patterns of governance that underlie contemporary societies
  2. Courses developing the student’s capacity to critically reflect on the relationships within and between the individual and the institutions, systems, and patterns of society

Area Six
Science and Math

  1. Courses investigating the natural world and the living forms that inhabit it 
  2. Courses developing problem-solving skills and utilizing the scientific method to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena

DIU Foundations Courses

DIU Foundations requires 46 lower level (1000-2000) ush.

Bible and Christianity (15 ush)

IS1313 Old Testament Survey | 3 ush
IS1314 New Testament Survey | 3 ush
IS1312 History of Christianity | 3 ush
IS1350-SL Dynamics of Religious Experience | 3 ush
IS1309-SL Foundations of Scripture | 3 ush

Communications and Critical Thinking (7 ush)

IS1110-OL Introductory Research Skills | 1 ush
IS1341 Introduction to Writing | 3 ush
IS2341 Logic, Critical Thinking, and Rhetoric | 3 ush

Cross-Cultural Studies (9 ush)

IS2331 Introduction to Political and Economic Systems | 3 ush
IS1302 Introduction to International Studies | 3 ush
IS2352 Globalization | 3 ush

History, Philosophy, and Religion (6 ush)

IS2350 History of the Middle East | 3 ush
IS2317 World Religions | 3 ush

Social Institutions and Behavior (6 ush)

IS1321 Introduction to Ethnopsychology | 3 ush
IS2331 Principles of Economics | 3 ush

Science and Mathematics (3 ush)

IS1361 Introduction to Statistics | 3 ush

Consult the published course schedules to find information on when the courses above are scheduled.