BA/BS in Political Science/MA in International Studies

The accelerated BA/BS in Political Science/MA in International Studies degree plan is designed to equip students who have an interest in serving in the democratic process to prepare for leadership positions within government and politics on the international stage. After laying a broad foundation with the study of political institutions, their processes, and behaviors, this accelerated program educates students about their cross-cultural and international constituencies and combines this knowledge with foreign internship experiences. Combined, successful graduates of the accelerated degree have the competency and soft skills necessary to lead with diplomacy.

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

(BA)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

(BS)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

Choose one:

(BA)

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

(BS)

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

One laboratory science (BA) or 15 credit hours of laboratory science (BS) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

3

3

Three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

60

54

BA/BS in Political Science 

Required Courses

24

24

Required Courses
POLS 2301 - American National Government
POLS 2302 - State and Local Governments
POLS 3305 - Constitutional Law
POLS 4305 - American Political Tradition
POLS 4310 - Fundamentals of International Relations (S-L)
Select 9 additional elective upper-level Political Science hours (excluding POLS 4302).

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

6

6

MAIS 5310 - Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L)
MAIS 5317 - Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems 

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*
Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

18
12

18
18

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

120

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

*Elective Requirements

• In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

• As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (Ma)

Required Core Courses

21

MAIS 5301 - Contemporary Global Issues (Travel Study)
MAIS 5302 - Geopolitics Through the Lens of Geography
MAIS 5303 - Christian Perspectives on Global Religions and Worldviews (S-L)
MAIS 5305 - Cultural Intelligence 
MAIS 5318 - International Political Economy
MAIS 6306 - Cross-Cultural and Global Leadership

MAL 6301 - Christian Worldview of Leadership 

MA in International Studies Concentration

9

Students may choose from the MA in International Studies concentrations listed below:
East Asian Studies
European Studies
General International Studies
Global Business
International Immersion
International Ministry
International Relations

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

150

Note:  MAIS 5001 International Job Shadowing is a required course unless the student chooses MAIS 5310 Short-Term International Immersion Experience (S-L) or the International Immersion concentration. In MAIS 5001, the student shadows an international leader in a foreign country for one business week.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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