Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
    Dec 09, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Global Studies Major

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The Global Studies major is a multi-disciplinary course of study for students intending to work or study in an international setting or as a background for involvement in ministries around the world. All students in this program complete a core curriculum that provides interdisciplinary background in business, economics, history, missions, and political science, as well as the culture of specific regions of the world. In addition to the required core, students will choose an lntercultural Ministries Emphasis, an International Business and Economic Development Emphasis, an International Relations and Diplomacy Emphasis, or a General Global Studies Emphasis.

All Global Studies majors are required to complete an international experience with CCU, consisting of one of the following, subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • a Study Abroad semester,
  • an international academic travel course,
  • a GLS 325  international internship (an international internship, international research experience, or other pre-professional international experience. A domestic practicum would not normally count, but if circumstances limit-prohibit international travel, special arrangements might be made),
  • THE 385  Field Experience in Intercultural Ministry (required for the Intercultural Ministry track, and which counts here if international),
  • or a CCU2theWorld international mission trip.

In addition, all students are required to meet a basic intermediate proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways:

  • successfully completing two semesters of a foreign language offered at CCU.
  • successfully completing three semesters of another modern language via AP or another accredited university, with credits recognized by CCU, or
  • passing a proficiency test recognized by CCU as establishing the student’s proficiency at a level equivalent to successfully completing three semesters of a modern language.

Graduates of the Global Studies Major will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of basic political, economic, & geographic features of the world as well as a more in-depth understanding of at least one specific region.

2. Articulate a thoughtful vision of their personal sense of calling for engaging & impacting the world.

3. Articulate how God’s Kingdom has been furthered in the past and how the world has been influenced by Christianity.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of how businesses, governments, & charitable organizations fit together within a Christian perspective of doing good in the world.

5. (Intercultural Ministries Track only). Articulate the effect of culture on evangelism and hermeneutics within a cross cultural context.

6. (International Business & Economic Development Track only). Demonstrate an understanding of business practices and strategies that can be applied to cross-cultural commercial and economic development contexts.

7. (International Relations & Diplomacy Track only). Demonstrate core knowledge of key actors & trends in contemporary world politics, & articulate the integration of international politics with a biblical worldview.

8. (General Global Studies Track only). Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the historical, political, economic, & cultural issues that contribute or detract from human flourishing in a variety of global contexts.

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies requires completion of the following 120 credits:
General Education Core (48 credit hours)
Global Studies Major Core (42-43 credit hours)
Electives (29-30 credit hours)

General Education Requirements (48 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)

Take one course from each of the following three academic disciplines:

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

Choose one course from the following:

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

Biblical Studies (12 credit hours)

Take the following four courses (some courses are cross-listed and only one prefix needs to be taken):

Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)

* Please see the First-Year Integration (FYI)  page for specific information about this required course.

Mathematics (3 credit hours)

Choose one of the following courses:

Social Sciences (12 credit hours)

Take each of the following four courses:

Global Studies Major (42-43 credit hours)

Global Studies Core (27 credit hours)

Global Studies Emphases (15-16 credit hours)

Choose one of the four Global Studies Emphases below.

International Relations and Diplomacy Emphasis (15 credit hours)

Graduation Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies

The faculty recommends students in the B.A. in Global Studies to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of a total of 120 credits, including all general education, electives and Global Studies major program requirements.
  2. A letter grade of D or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all CCU coursework, and a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses specified for the major.
  3. Completion of 180 hours of ministry/community service and 180 chapel credits. Transfer students are required to complete 45 hours of ministry/community service and 45 chapel credits each year of attendance at CCU. For further details on ministry/community service, see the Life Directions Center (LDC)  section of this catalog. For further details on chapel credits, see the Student Life  section of this catalog.
  4. Meet the CCU Residency requirements 
  5. Acceptable performance on exit exams, as required by the faculty.
  6. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  7. No outstanding financial obligation to the University.

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