International Service Program Major

Administrative Committee: Professor Trost (Political Science); Associate Professors Evans (Biology), Kilpinen (Geography and Meteorology, Chair), Schaefer (History).

Students who complete the International Service Program Major of 50-51 credits will have fulfilled major area requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree under the Interdisciplinary Program Option.

Objectives. This interdisciplinary program is designed for students considering careers with international humanitarian and development organizations and agencies or students who wish to equip themselves for international service as they prepare for a different primary career. It provides background in the concept of service, in social policy and global issues, and in the learning and practice of service.

Program requirements. A minimum of 50 credit hours in courses approved by the Administrative Committee. Courses must include the Introductory Courses (6 credit hours), the Service Learning Core (3 credits of Political Science, 6 credits of Social Work and 9 credits of Theology), the Regional Emphasis (7-8 hours of Foreign Language beyond course number 103 and 6 credits in one Area Studies concentration), and the Support Core (6 credit hours). See course listing below. Additional regional or support core courses may be approved by the Chair on an ad hoc basis.

Majors are required to do the International Service-Learning Internship (ISP 486) for three credits, and if the internship is abroad, must participate in preparation and reentry instruction for the internship (GLST 484 and GLST 485). The Senior Seminar is required in the senior year.

Complementary Major. A student fulfilling major field requirements under a Major Option in another field may present as a second major the International Service Complementary Major of a minimum of 29 credit hours. Courses must include GLST 150, SOCW 210 and 330, two courses from the Theology of Service Issues and Theory

Category, the Regional Emphasis (Foreign Language course 203 or 204 and 3 credits from an Area Studies concentration), and one Support Core course (3 credits). See course listing below.

Complementary majors take the International Service-Learning Internship for from 1 to 3 credits, and if the internship is abroad, must participate in preparation and reentry instruction for the internship (GLST 484 and GLST 485), and must take the Senior Seminar in the senior year.

Introductory Courses
GLST 150 Global Perspectives 3 Cr.
ECON 136 Economics of Health, Education, and Welfare 3 Cr.

Service Learning Core
POLS 230 International Relations 3 Cr.
SOCW 210 Social Welfare: Policy and Services 3 Cr.
SOCW 330 Vulnerable Populations 3 Cr.

Theology of Service Issues and Theory ( select two courses):
THEO 330 Topics in Contemporary Theology (when topic is approved) 3 Cr.
THEO 337 Black Theology and Black Church 3 Cr.
THEO 353 Studies in Theology and Practice (Christian Faith and Contemporary Politics; Christian Response to Social Victims; or other approved topic) 3 Cr.
THEO 357 The Church in the World 3 Cr.
THEO 358 Studies in Theology, Health, and Healing (Medical Missions or other approved topic) 3 Cr.
THEO 451 Theology of Diaconal Ministry 3 Cr.
THEO 490 Topics in Theology (when topic is approved) 3 Cr.

Theology of World Religions (select one course from this category or an additional course from the above category):
THEO 362 Understanding Islamic Religion and Culture 3 Cr.
THEO 363 Religions of China and Japan 3 Cr.
THEO 364 The Buddhist Tradition 3 Cr.
THEO 365 Religion in Africa 3 Cr.

Regional Emphasis
Foreign Language appropriate for the region:
French, German or Spanish 204 and 4 Cr.
One elective numbered above 204 3-4 Cr.
Chinese or Japanese 203 and 4 Cr.
Chinese or Japanese 204 4 Cr.
Two courses with the same regional focus as the foreign language:


HIST 315 Contemporary Europe: /Century of Violence 3 Cr.
HIST 352 Problems in Modern German History (Reutlingen) 3 Cr.
GEO 301 Regional Geography: Europe 3 Cr.
POLS 330 Politics of Industrialized States 3 Cr.
FLF 232 French Civilization from 1870 3 Cr. or FLGR 232 German Civilization since 1800 3 Cr.
or FLS 230 Spanish Civilization 4 Cr.


HIST 232 Survey of Latin American History 3 Cr.
or HIST 331 Ideas and Power in Latin American History 3 Cr.
or FLS 231 Spanish American Civilization 4 Cr.
GEO 301 Regional Geography: Latin America 3 Cr.
POLS 335 Politics of Developing States 3 Cr.
FLS 250 Hispanic Literature and Arts 3 Cr.
SOC 330 Points of Intersection (Puebla) 3 Cr.


GEO 301 Regional Geography: Africa 3 Cr.
HIST 250 African History and Society 3 Cr.
HIST 350 Modern African History 3 Cr.
POLS 490 Topics (when topic is Africa) 3 Cr.
Namibia Study Center (appropriate course) 3 Cr.


HIST 240 Introduction to East Asian Culture 3 Cr.
or HIST 341 Revolution and its Roots: The Making of Modern China 3 Cr.
or HIST 342 Tragedy and Triumph: The Making of Modern Japan 3 Cr.
GEO 301 Regional Geography: Asia 3 Cr.
POLS 490 Topics (when topic is Asia) 3 Cr.
ECON 390 (when topic is Asia) 3 Cr.

Support Core

Each student develops a support core in consultation with the ISP advisor. The following courses have prior approval (courses with an asterisk have prerequisites):
BIO 205 Fundamental Nutrition 3 Cr.
BIO 260 Human Nutrition* 3 Cr.
ECON 223 Principles of Economics-International 3 Cr.
ECON 233 Economics of Race and Gender 3 Cr.
ECON 236 Comparative Economic Systems 3 Cr.
ECON 326 International Economics* 3 Cr.
ECON 336 Economics of Developing Nations* 3 Cr.
ENGL 389 Teaching English as a Second Language 3 Cr.
GEO 470 Political Geography 3 Cr.
PHIL 220 Non-Western Philosophy 3 Cr.
POLS 360 Public Administration* 3 Cr.
PSY 390 Topic: Cross-Cultural Psychology 3 Cr.
SOC 347 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 Cr.
NUR 318 Global Health Issues 3 Cr.

Service Learning Internship
GLST 484 The International Experience--Preparation 0.5 Cr.
GLST 485 The International Experience--Reentry 0.5 Cr.
ISP 486 International Service-Learning Internship 1- 3 Cr.
ISP 493 International Service Senior Seminar 3 Cr.

GLST 150. Global Perspectives.

Cr. 3. An interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of culture from both the Western and non-Western view, to the meaning of culture for the development of religious, economic, political, and social institutions, and to the significance of cultural perspective in approaching global issues. May be used to fulfill the Global Cultures and Perspectives component of the General Education Requirements.

GLST 484. The International Experience: Preparation.

Cr. .5. Preparation for the International Service Learning Internship or other international study semester through reading, discussion and experience with cross-cultural perspectives, stereotypes, and problems. Last eight weeks of the semester.

GLST 485. The International Experience: Reentry.

Cr. .5. A debriefing of the students' international experience in order to process, focus, and interpret what they have learned. Discussion, reading, and interaction with students preparing for an international study semester. First eight weeks of the semester.

ISP 486. International Service-Learning Internship.

Cr. 1-3. Students gain experience through placement with an organization or agency involved in international service. Prerequisites: junior standing and application in writing to the Chair one semester in advance. Generally taken concurrently with a study-abroad semester. S/U grade only.

ISP 493. International Service Senior Seminar.

Cr. 3. Research, discussion, and writing on a topic central to international humanitarian concerns. Required of all senior majors and complementary majors. Prerequisite: senior standing or consent of the Chair.